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Help and Advice / Mirrorless camera experiences?
« on: June 21, 2022, 08:29:24 PM »
Hello all,

During a recent trip to Sweden my Nikon D3300 sadly died and repairing it no longer makes economic sense. As a result I'm now tasked with finding a replacement for it and I'm finding that a little difficult. Second hand models I've come across often seen even older models than my current D3300 which I'm a little hesitant about. My current lenses are the 18-55 it came with, a 35mm and a Tamron 18-200mm for shipspotting.

Apparently if you're buying new, mirrorless camera's are the way forward and as I have few Nikon lenses, I'm a bit of a free agent in terms of brands / systems / lens mounts. An adapter is available to use older lenses on a new mirrorless Nikon body but costs around

Shipping News and information / New lock in Zeebrugge
« on: December 22, 2018, 09:53:58 AM »
The port of Zeebrugge is due to get a second lock to connect the tidal part of the port to the non tidal part of the port. The new lock will be 427m long, 55m wide and 18.5m deep. The new lock will be built in the place of the old 1905 built Visart lock which is way too small for current ships.

The now lock will cost around

Shipping News and information / Cruise Ausonia engine room fire
« on: October 28, 2018, 10:56:44 AM »
Apparently there was an engine room fire onboard Grimaldi's CRUISE AUSONIA (ex SUPERFAST XII). Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far.


Shipping News and information / El. Venizelos fire
« on: August 29, 2018, 05:24:34 AM »
Hi all,

Several media outlets are reporting that a fire broke out onboard Anek Lines

Shipping News and information / Prins Filip returns to Oostende
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:22:53 PM »

the former RMT vessel Prins Filip will return to Oostende somewhere this month. This is part of a deal between LD Lines (the current owners of the ship) and Trans Europa Ferries. LD Lines have chartered the vessel to Trans Europa Ferries to operate between Ramsgate and Oostende as a part of this deal.

Port of Oostende press release
LD Lines timetable


Shipping News and information / New cabins for P&O Cruises' Arcadia
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:44:05 PM »

P&O Cruises' Arcadia is currently in Bremerhaven for her first ever refit. Some facilities will be changed and new cabins will be added on the back so she'll look a bit different when she returns to service on December 20.

Pictures can be found here:


Trip reports / Calais - Dover (10 / 11 / 2008)
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:10:58 AM »

I took a Channel crossing yesterday. We were booked on the Pride of Kents 9.50 departure from Calais. She left bang on time with the captain announcing that he was hoping we would reach Dover "before things got worse". There was a force 7 blowing across the Channel, which would turn into a force 9 during the day. There would be a steady downpour of rain pretty much all the way.
Soon after the ship left Calais, it actually started to rain. I didn't want to soak my camera too much so I took up a seat in the Horizon Family Lounge by the front windows. The crossing wasn't as rough as I expected it to be, only a few waves made it onto the bow. There was an occasional judder when we hit a particularly big wave but all in all, the ship took it very well. She kicked a bit but there was no roll at all thanks to the stabilisers, even though the waves hit us on the port side.
Just a few miles of Dover, the rain stopped and I was able to stand on the outside decks a bit more to enjoy a bit more of the fresh sea breeze. The ship turned her nose into the wind just of the harbour because we had to give way to the Maersk Dover which was leaving the port. The ship then entered the port and docked without the aid of tugs. A big applause to the captain and officers here for the precision with which they manoeuvred the ship! She arrived pretty much on time but we had to wait a bit in the car before anything was allowed off.

We arrived back at the port at around 16.30 (about half an hour before the check in deadline for the 17.30 sailing) and we were given a ticket for the 15.40 sailing which was running two hours behind schedule. We had a one and a half hour wait in the car before being allowed onto the ship. The Pride of Kent eventually arrived in Dover around 17.20 and left a good half an hour later. We were actually due to sail on the Pride of Calais but the schedule had been a bit mixed up due to the weather. The captain announced that the wind had dropped from a force 9 to a force 7. We were running two hours behind schedule and the crossing would take 90 minutes. He also apologised for the delays.
The sailing was very smooth, almost no roll and no kicking, just the noise of the waves through the window, quite relaxing actually! She arrived in Calais exactly 90 minutes after she had left Dover.

All in all, I would say it was another excellent P&O crossing (as is usual). The Pride of Kent took the weather very well, with very little fuss. None of the passengers looked really bothered.


Shipping News and information / Blanca Del Mar
« on: October 16, 2008, 03:52:46 PM »

I just saw this picture of the Blanca Del Mar in the Ferries section of the website.
It seems that she is off anchor at Gibraltar and her hull markings have been painted out.

Does anyone know what will happen to her now that she has completed her charter with Iscomar.
There were some rumours about her returning to the Channel but nothing has materialised so far.



Norfolkline announced yesterday that they would continue the Zeebrugge - Rosyth link from spring 2009. The ship which they will be using is currently under construction at the Visentini yard in Italy.

Here is the full press release given by Norfolkline:

Press Release
September 17, 2008
Norfolkline Will Continue Rosyth-Zeebrugge Service in Spring 2009

Norfolkline are pleased to announce that we will revive the Rosyth-Zeebrugge route, with a service scheduled to start in Spring, 2009.

Our plan is to run a service with 3 departures from each port every week. It will be a passenger and freight service using a new vessel.
Kell Robdrup, Managing Director of Norfolkline, Ferry Division, stated,

Shipping News and information / European Endeavour crash
« on: September 01, 2008, 01:17:12 PM »

P&O Ferries' freighter European Endeavour crashed into berth 7 in Calais last Friday (August 29). She has now arrived in Dunkerque for repairs to her "cow catcher".
No one got injured during the crash. It's unknown how long she will remain in Dunkerque.


Trip reports / Hurtigruten port to port voyage: Stokmarkness - Svolvaer
« on: August 16, 2008, 10:09:52 AM »

on my recent visit to Norway, I took a small voyage on the Hurtigruten ships on the Lofoten islands.
For a full report with pictures please click here. (link to my blog)



Superfast ferries will cease all operations between Rosyth and Zeebrugge as of September 14th 2008.
The last sailing will leave Rosyth on the 13th of September.
High fuel costs and low passenger numbers are to be blamed.
Blue Star 1 which replaced Superfast X last year will be redeployed in the Med.


Shipping News and information / New P&O Ferries ships for Dover
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:09:37 PM »

I read today on the Dover Ferry Photos Forum ( that P&O had signed a deal with Daewoo Shipyard for the construction of at least one of their two newbuilds for Dover - Calais.
The ships should be about 210 m long and carry around 1500 passengers.
Does anyone know more details?


Shipping News and information / Color Festival Sold
« on: November 21, 2007, 03:10:10 PM »

Color Line have sold the Color Festival for about 49 milion euros to Corsica Ferries.
The Prinsesse Ragnhild is to replace the Festival on the Oslo - Fredrikshaven run when she leaves service on newyear 07/08.
The Bergen service will be closed.


Shipping News and information / Thjelvar chartered to Scandlines
« on: September 15, 2007, 05:15:15 PM »

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