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 on: May 11, 2017, 03:41:28 pm 
Started by Ship's Cat - Last post by Pilot Frans
IMO 9361330 Norrfury (ex Flinterfury) renamed Pagadder and changed to Belgium flag.

 on: May 10, 2017, 05:54:37 pm 
Started by leucat - Last post by fernando

Suspendida la búsqueda del MV STELLAR DAISY

 on: May 10, 2017, 10:45:14 am 
Started by Ian Thomas - Last post by Ian Thomas
Saw this earlier with RFA Tidespring in the Dry Dock:

Ian Thomas

 on: May 08, 2017, 08:31:32 pm 
Started by MSC Johnny 2 - Last post by Captain Ted
Very interesting what was said however some bigger aspects, and very costly ones were not addressed at all.
One of the biggest mentioned matters is always the cost of human errors, however those errors are often the
result of under qualified personal as we can see nowadays all too often.
But nevertheless a few points from my side
(and NO I am not against it, as I will retire in the next 3-4 years it will not effect me, therefore I
don,t mind too much)
Below a few things which come to my mind as sailor

1) How the ships are moored in ports, conventional ?
   Then a port like Rotterdam would need a huge pool of people who handle
   the mooring. Those people will be compared with sailors very expensive
   and still big potential of human error.

   Or are all piers worldwide equipped with a for example a magnetic system
   which holds the vessel in place and the magnets going with the ship up and down ?
   Or like some museo ships,, permanent devices which can open or close itself.

2) how tugs attach themselves to the vessels, do they need
   a) crew on the tug
   b) mooring gangs on the ship, both human error again

3) Are the ships piloted into ports by remote too ?
   Are those highly skilled peoples in the socalled remote-centers really cheaper then sailors.
   Can one person in those centers really handle more then one ship at a time on the Maas river ?
4) Regular checking on technical equipment, Are those highly paid technicans really
   cheaper then a permanent ships electrician/electronics officer ?

5) How to catch up with a ship in distress, flying in a technical help crew ?

6) and last but not least, who is responsible when things go really wrong.

I am sure there are more open questions, this comes just to my mind withhin 5 minutes writting

Until now they have always a captain to hang,,they hang the PC programmers ? or the
technican who made the last overhaul,, or the owners,,  just in case  etc etc

To let sail a ship over a ocean,,that is the easy part and can be done since years  with no crew
if wanted, nothing new there, the technology is long time available.
But what I presently doubt is the statement that it is much more cost efficient then ships with crews.
80 % or more of the world fleet is now run by 2nd and 3rd world cheap crews and they are more expensive
then highly paid programmers/technicians/mooring gangs/remote controller/visual pilots and so on and on ?

Having my doubt there.

 on: May 08, 2017, 06:42:35 pm 
Started by MSC Johnny 2 - Last post by MSC Johnny 2

 on: May 08, 2017, 04:34:33 pm 
Started by Robert J Smith - Last post by Bob Scott
Apart from negotiating some semi-submerged obstructions on the approach, there were no problems berthing on the inside of the landing stage on my trip. The waterjet-propelled vessel is quite manoeuvrable. However, it was an ebb-tide that afternoon. THAMES SWIFT is specially designed to use V shaped berths commonly found around the port to provide safe and easy boarding and it is to one of these that she berths on the Tilbury side, on the inside of the stage. Berthing must be a bit more difficult when making a stern-tide fetch.
Embarking and disembarking is very easy at the Tilbury side, where ship's deck and berth are dead level. Not so at the Gravesend terminal, where the large step twixt ship and berth will present difficulty to less-mobile and eldery passengers or those with heavy baggage (such as those coming off or heading for a cruise ship at Tilbury)

 on: May 08, 2017, 03:01:04 pm 
Started by thamesship - Last post by Robert J Smith
Thanks for the info thamesship, I'll have to drag the wife out again  Smiley

 on: May 08, 2017, 02:39:02 pm 
Started by Robert J Smith - Last post by Robert J Smith
I heard the other day that the new ferry was having problems mooring at Tilbury, today I noted that she was using the berth at the back of the stage

 on: May 08, 2017, 02:12:39 pm 
Started by thamesship - Last post by thamesship
Indian Navy Frigate Tarkash Arrived in london yesterday afternoon its in the west indie dock not sure how long for.

 on: May 08, 2017, 12:40:37 pm 
Started by Ship's Cat - Last post by rene2805
Recent renamings
EVIDENCE     (Dutch) 9136230 now XIANG  SHUN   Panama flag
BALTICDIEP   (Dutch) 9342140 now BJÖRNÖ        Cyprus flag
BARENTSZDIEP (Dutch) 9507130 now BOCKÖ         Cyprus flag
BELTDIEP     (Dutch) 9376787 now BJÖRKÖ        Cyprus flag
BOSPORUSDIEP (Dutch) 9393840 now BLIDÖ         Cyprus flag

And the last two Flinters were sold at auction.
FLINTERBAY    (Dutch) 9279434 now KAPITAN SAKHAROV  Russian flag
FLINTERBRIGHT (Dutch) 9279422 now KAPITAN KOKOVIN   Russian flag

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