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Trip reports / Re: Ship Spotting in Singapore
« on: July 23, 2013, 02:13:09 PM »
Just a warning; The 'M' hotel in Anson Road now has a huge new building in front of it and the view will be very poor except from the highest floors. I stayed in the Sentosa Resort & Spa at the eastern end of Sentosa Island and whilst an excellent hotel, would not recommend for ship spotting/photography.

Trip reports / Ship Spotting in Singapore
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:07:25 AM »
Just returned from Australia via Singapore both out & homebound. (Australia was so poor that I will not even report on it)
Singapore more than made up for it. Coming in to land at Changi, all you could see were ships, ships and more ships. Heaven!
Following advice from fellow spotters, I stayed at the Sentosa Shangri-La Rasa Hotel. Fantastic view of the Western Anchorage from the balcony (I was on floor 7 but could have done with being at least 2 floors higher) A bit expensive for me but worth it.There IS a short cruise round a small part of the Western anchorage aboard a modern version of a junk. I also took the advice to visit Kusu island where some of the ships are as close as Terneuzen! (Don't miss the last boat @ 16:00!!)  Both these trips are from Marina South pier and pass close enough to some of the ships in the Eastern anchorage and also container ships at the Tanjong Pagar terminal.On my homebound trip, I again went to Kusu island but hired a car on the 2nd day to check out the Eastern anchorage. Starting at the Changi end of the ECP (East Coast Parkway), you can get a good view at various stops along the East Coast Park service road. I agree that the nearer ships tend to block out the further, larger ones but you cannot have everything. (However at the Changi end, there is a windsurfing school called Constant Wind. They rent power boats for SIN$500 for half day SIN$800 for full day) If there are 5 of you, it is only

Help and Advice / Re: Hotel in Terneuzen
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:32:16 PM »
I agree that the Tollenique is good value and the owners sister runs a spare rib restaurant in town. In addition, the underground carpark fees can be charged.

Help and Advice / Pireaus
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:48:50 PM »
Hoping to visit next August on way to wedding. Need some advise such as:-
1) Other than the ferry port, where are the best places to photograph shipping? Would I need a car to visit the best of them?
2) Am I correct in stating that the rafts of laid-up ships no longer exist? Looking on Google Earth, there are a few but not in huge numbers; is it worth hiring a boat from Perama/Eleusis?
3) Are there any restrictions on photography?
Any help most appreciated.


Russell Judge

Trip reports / Ship spotting in Europe (2)
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:13:19 AM »
Another travelogue!
Crossed Dover/Dunkirque as usual. Drove to town centre via Dig du Braeck (seawall) where you can get decent shots of bulkers unloading at steelworks. Went to Zeebrugge for first time (good) and then on to Terneuzen. I was told to also try Walsoorden for Scheldte shipping but had to lug all my equipment to the top of the dyke; good position but if you drive north from Zeedorp, just by a small nature reserve, there is a track to the dyke top where you can park (legally!) (Ideal for lazy toads like me or sheltering from the rain also like me)
On to Doel, where if you drive north of the power station on Zoetenberm, again there is a small paved track that leads to a British War Memorial. Here you can shoot ships on the opposite bank container berths. I have not had much luck with the east bank docks apart from 1) a rough track from the end of Geslecht that leads to the head of Deurganchdok and 2) Ketenislaan by the locks.
Most of my old spots in the Antwerp docks seem to have been fenced off but you can still get to some waste ground between 4th & 5th Havendoks and you can also drive on to the quayside at the south side of Leopolddok where the Dole boats dock on the north side. Still the best spots are both the southern and northern locks for traffic and general harbour shots.
On to Vlissingen but poor weather and early dusk curtailed photography
Next day to Slag Maasmond at Maasvlackte where I sat and shot all shipping. Stayed 2 nights at Hotel Rozenburg and second day ferry to Maassluis and clockwise tour of all the rest of Rotterdam including ss"Rotterdam". Back to Nordzeeweg at Rozenburg for tanker alley and the "Hill"
Next day drove to Bremerhaven; stayed at Im-Jaich on the marina but riverviews blocked by apartment building. Should have asked advice on best positions as I had hardly any luck. Car carriers are very (too?)close but found hard to get decent shots as with passenger ships and container ships on riverbank.
Next morning to Cuxhaven in the pouring rain and on to Elbe crossing to Gluckstadt. On to Rendsburg; stayed 2 nights at the CoventGarten Hotel right on the canal bank. Could sit in restaurant with free wifi and track traffic on AIS only venturing out into the rain to take the photo! Lots of interesting traffic including a paddle steamer but mostly feeder container ships.
Back next day to Rotterdam to check new arrivals on tanker alley ond sit at Slag Maasmond again (very quiet this time)
Following day back to Dunkirque/Dover and home. 284 photos including some duplicates. Hope to post some of the more interesting and unusual ones.
Good visits but weather not as good as May.
Good hunting


Help and Advice / Re: Need som info for my trip
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:16:05 AM »
Morning Tore, I assume you have use of a car?
Have just returned from a trip to Belgium, Nederlands & Germany and I hope some of this is useful.
In Bremerhaven I found it quite difficult to get a decent photo of any ships there. All the container and passenger ship berths are on the riverbank and unless you are on the other side, terminal buildings or container cranes will in the way. You can get quite close to the car carriers but again, I found it hard to get any shots without a lot of clutter in the foreground. (If any local members can put me right, I will try again next year)
I then drove to Rendsburg where I stayed at the Hotel ConventGarten which is right on the NOK canal bank. This was ideal although mostly facing south, the weather was so poor that the sun position did not matter. There are loads of other places but maybe the south bank would be better. (I stayed in Breiholz last time; lots of parking on the S. bank)
I have not been to Emden, Wilhelmshaven nor Den Helder but as I spent 2-3 days in Rotterdam, I think the best place is Slag Maasmond right at the end of Euroweg in Maasvlakte. (All in & outbound shipping passes this spot) The other spot is at the end of the Nordzeeweg from Rozenburg where you drive past all the tanker berths with reasonable opportunities especially in the mornings.
As far as Antwerp in concerned, both sets of locks (Boudewijn/Caulwelaert and the northern set Zandvliet/Berendrecht) are very good not just for traffic but you also get good views of a lot of the other docks. I have found that a lot of the places I used to go are now fenced off but you can still get to the end of the quay between 4th & 5th Havendok. On the other side of the river at Beveren, there is rough track at the end of Geslecht, where you can just about get shots of shipping in Deurganchdok. There are other opportunities on this side of the river but to see the riverside container berths you need to go to Doel. North of the power station off Zoetenbrem, there is a small paved track that leads to a British War Memorial.
I am sure that some of the guys in Antwerp will add some and would be interested as well for my next trip.

(most of the above are shown on Google Maps)
All the best & good spotting!

Russ Judge

Help and Advice / Re: Binoculars for Shipspotting
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:33:53 AM »
Just to add my twopennyworth (Strange old English expression)- I too am a birdwatcher and find that 8 x is about right as far as a balance between magnification and shake/weight is concerned. Canon have a 10x30 Image Stabilised 600g bino for

Help and Advice / Ship spotting in Europe (2)
« on: August 10, 2012, 09:21:36 AM »
Has anyone out there any experience of The Straights of Gibraltar? Thames Ship Society go on a fairly regular basis although Tarifa appears to be closest to the N. African coast. Facing south would appear to a problem but maybe also weather conditions. I have a spotting telescope so bit of digiscoping is a possibility and a Sigma 150-500 zomm with 2 x extender but even so, would it be better to go Ceuta and photograph north?

Trip reports / Re: Shipspotting in Europe
« on: August 01, 2012, 01:08:06 PM »
If you have use of a car, Maasvlakte is an excellent spot as all incoming and departing ships must pass there. Most shots of shipping are to the north so light should not be a problem.
If a car is not possible, Hook of Holland is at the end of the rail line from Rotterdam and again all shipping has to pass there. However you are mainly facing south and some of the entrants to Europort and Maasvlakte are quite a way away. I understand there is a passenger ferry that will take you to Yangtzehaven but I have not tried it. 2 stops before Hook is Maasluis where there is ferry to Rozenburg with a cafe/bar on the South bank.

Good Luck and let me know if I can help any more.


Help and Advice / Re: Suez Canal
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:45:54 AM »
Many thanks to all the posters out there. It sounds like it will be unwise to visit with the political situation as is. Thnaks for all your advice

Trip reports / Re: Shipspotting in Europe
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:51:50 AM »
Hi Tore.
Going to Terneuzen 9 Sep then Vlissingen 10 Sep Rozenburg 11 & 12 and Bremerhaven 13th
Will be in Rendsburg 14 & 15 Sept then back to Rotterdam then home.

Be happy to buy you a beer if around

Trip reports / Re: Shipspotting in Europe
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:07:53 AM »
Many thanks to Peter for very atmospheric shot of CSD entering Cuxhaven. As can be seen, we had just emerged from quite a cloudburst. As I was on board, I didn't get many full length shots. Thanks again

Trip reports / Shipspotting in Europe
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:34:25 PM »
Recently returned from my annual continental ship photography tour. This time, however, it included a trip on the "Cap San Diego" from Hamburg to Cuxhaven on Jun 22nd. What a nostalgic trip down memory lane especially as the main engines (MAN K9Z 780/1400)were the same as I spent a lot of my sea-time on. I will not list all the ships but just give a rough itinerary which may help others.
Dover-Dunkirk DFDS (Cheapest way across) Drove to Terneuzen overnight at Hotel Tollenique (Highly recommended although not quite on river bank) Drove to Doel where you can get good shots of the river container berths. Various ships on West Bank docks then all the Antwerp docks and on to Vlissingen. Stayed at Hotel Restaurant Solskin (again highly recommended especially for food and view from bedroom of Schelde estuary) 3rd night at Gestrand @ Hoek van Holland. (again views of shipping from bedroom) Then to Hamburg for 2 nights at Motel One Hamburg am Michel (walking distance to Uberseebrucke) Then to Nord-Ostsee-Kanal via Travemunde & Kiel. Stayed at the AHOI at Breiholz (just off the canal bank but good room and great food) Back to Rotterdam or rather Europort staying at t'Wapen van Marion in Oostvoorne. A lot of driving and when I go again in September, I will stay a bit longer at each. 252 ships photographed (Some good shots, some not so good due to poorlight/weather. Sorry it was more of a travelogue but if you go, you have to stay somewhere and thanks to the internet, most were good for purpose.

Help and Advice / Suez Canal
« on: July 21, 2012, 04:37:15 PM »
I am half thinking of a visit to Egypt for both tourism and ship photography.
When is the best time to go (Not too hot!)
Are there any restrictions about photographing ships in canal transit?
Is self-drive car hire an option and is it safe?
I have identified a couple of hotels (1 in Port Said and 1 in Ismailia) but would welcome any other suggestions.
Any help would be most appreciated.

Russell Judge

Help and Advice / Best Photo Locations
« on: April 30, 2011, 08:43:12 AM »
I am planning a major photo-tour of N European ports by car later this year. I have previously visited Terneuzen, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Ijmuiden.
I have seen very little mention of the "Spido" in Rotterdam; is this not considered to be very good (went on it some 15 years ago & seemed OK)
I would very much appreciate some advice for the best locations in the Bremen/Bremerhaven area together with Hamburg. I know of a Hamburg harbour tour (not been on it) but is there one for Bremen? I have detailed street maps of both cities but the last time I went, it seemd quite difficult to get decent shots of the docks.

Any assistance most appreciated

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