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Shipping News and information / PortLiner electric barges
« on: March 29, 2020, 12:29:22 PM »
I don't know if anyone remembers all the publicity about these a year or so ago, but that all finished in September 2019, and I wondered if the outfit, PortLiner, is still in business . . .

I thought the barge design seemed smart and potentially very eco-friendly.

Heres a link to their website:

Anyone know anything?

Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Video uloading issue
« on: March 10, 2020, 03:36:43 PM »
There's always been a bit of confusion about the "upload video" or "add video" page on this site. In fact you must upload your video to Youtube, then use the Youtube data (share link url) to paste it into - shipspotting doesn't have anywhere to upload video to . . .

You also have to delete the "s" out of "https" from the Youtube to get it to work properly.

On the 25 January, MSC Febe arrived for her maiden call at the port of Felixstowe, UK:

Pilot edition - STV News Roundup, 10 November 2019

There's a surprising lot of shipping video out there, but not much actual news - so I'm having a look at producing a weekly video news round-up, and here is my Shipping TV pilot edition of a Sunday morning news show, with news stories from the past 7 days.

I'd welcome constructive comments and suggestions, and your stories and news from all aspects of shipping, shipspotting and maritime business . . . Photos, video clips and stories themselves will always be credited to the person who first passed them on.

For people who enjoy watching quality ship-handing in adverse conditions, here is a series of 3 videos, 35 minutes in total, showing the arrival, swing and berth of Maersk Line Triple-E Maastricht Maersk at the port of Felixstowe on 26 October in a force 6 strong breeze, employing all four of the Svitzer tugs based here . .

Part 1: 4 tugs for Maastricht Maersk in a force 6; 26 October 2019
With a SW force 6 breeze blow straight onto berth 9 at Felixstowe, the pilot and master of Triple-E Maastricht Maersk elect to employ all 4 of Felixstowe's Svitzer fleet to bring the ship into port.

Part 2: Maastricht Maersk swings in a strong breeze, 26 Oct
With a force 6 south-westerly, Maastricht Maersk employs 4 tugs to swing after entering Harwich Harbour - and with that amount of power, added to the wind, she really swings quickly, before being set-up to be blown sideways towards the berth.

Part 3: Ultra Large Maastricht Maersk comes alongside in real time; 26 October 2019
Filmed in real time, Maersk Line Triple-E Maastricht Maersk takes around 20 minutes to come alongside berth 9 at the Port of Felixstowe, employing 4 tugs in a force 6 strong breeze,

Shipping News and information / Latest MSC monster - MSC Isabella:
« on: October 06, 2019, 08:40:47 AM »
There's now a new Shipping TV video series showing new Ultra Large Container Ship MSC Isabella as she arrives at dawn, 5 October 2019
Under a dramatic morning sky, just as the sun is rising, brand new Ultra Large Container Ship MSC Isabella arrives in Harwich approach channel to make her maiden call at Felixstowe.
She is one of the world's largest container ships, with a container capacity of 23,656 TEU, and is scheduled to call at Felixstowe regularly.

Part 1 -
Part 2 -
Part 3 -

Shipping News and information / A tight exit going astern!
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:19:11 PM »
Up Close: Supply ship Up Agate passes through Lowestoft Bascule Bridge, 13 September 2019

With a maximum beam of 18.8 metres, offshore supply vessel Up Agate passes through the Lowestoft Bascule bridge, maximum width 22.5m, on her way out to sea.

Up Agate now has a voyage to South America before her, as she has been redeployed to the port of Dos Bocas, Mexico.

In the end, Derek was right and she was alongside by around 4am, but we got her on the way out - Saturday morning at 6.30a, although she took a very long time to get off the berth and get under way.
She looked pretty well stacked with empties.
You can find the video here:

With a large amount of interest in this ships arrival, and some changes in timings, we've updated our news:

Shipping TV news update: MSC GULSUN news update, Felixstowe call, 11.30am, 5 August 2019
With considerable interest in the maiden call of the new "world's Largest container ship", MSC Gulsun. at Felixstowe, we've updated the news about her possible arrival time.

Shipping News and information / London Gateway going ahead with berth 4:
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:21:11 AM »
Having opened its first berth in 2013, it's second in 2015 and it 3rd in 2017, DP World London Gateway has recently requested tenders for the construction of it's 4th berth, which should start construction soon.
The port was originally designed to have 6 berths when complete and basic dredging and landfill to accommodate the final plan was carried out early in the construction process, so that each new berth can be built relatively quickly.
All of London Gateway's berths can accommodate 400 metre long ultra Large container ships, and it's cranes can handle vessels 25 rows wide.

News and video:

Heading for a career at sea - Jack Ibbotson.

It's relatively rare to meet a young person these days who wants to go to sea for a living, many of them would prefer a nine-to-five job, with plenty of phone time . . .

But when we met young Jack Ibbotson a few months ago, and heard about his enthusiasm for, and ongoing pursuit of a career afloat, he impressed us - so here he is, at 16, with another year to go in the sixth form before hopefully finding a place at nautical college and and gaining the qualifications he will need to eventually take his place on the bridge . . .

Interview here:

Join Shipping TV's Chris Gosling for a voyage from the River Colne near Colchester to Brewers Wharf, Deptford Creek, on the Thames, filmed in 2015 aboard the 1969-built aggregate carrier Mark Prior, owned by J. J. Prior.
The skipper, Captain Peter Barc, has a wide knowledge of the River Thames, its traffic and history, and points many historic and memorable places on the river. Its also a rare opportunity to experience aspects of a voyage aboard a proper old-fashioned coaster, single screw, no bow thruster, with every manoeuvre carried out using the master and mate's ship-handling and ropework skills and knowledge.
This films runs for approximately 39 minutes

Shipping News and information / Re: Scrubbers - an anti view
« on: June 25, 2019, 05:07:26 PM »
Interesting piece, David.

The latest Evergreen Ultra Large Container Ship, Ever Glory, has just sailed from her maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe.
The ship is one of the first to have arrived with an as-delivered scrubber system, the white structure just ahead of the funnel, which cleans  sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gas generated as a result of combustion processes in marine engines. The system also removes particles from the exhaust, and the remaining exhaust that you can see in the last film is largely composed of steam and less dangerous gases.

Clip 1 - Ever Glory: Evergreen

The third and latest of Cosco Shipping's current run of Ultra Large Container Ships, Cosco Shipping Galaxy, has just arrives at the port of Felixstowe on her maiden call. Another 3 sister ships are on the way, and Cosco is also understood to be considering more vessels around the same size.

You can find a video of the new vessel here:

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