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Trip reports / Re: Antwerp?
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:05:55 PM »
Thank you kindly, Patrick and Simon!

Trip reports / Antwerp?
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:43:48 AM »
I'm planning a short trip to Belgium, and wondered where kind members would recommend as a good place on the River Scheldt,to catch some good shots and video of vessels in and out. Ideally, I'd like to find somewhere reasonable to stay nearby, too.

My first thought is around Terneuzen, so I can use the N62 crossing to access both sides to allow for light changes.

Any thoughts?

Shipping News and information / Re: Ships/She
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:23:50 PM »
At risk of getting into some trouble, anyone who doesn't understand why ships are called "she", doesn't belong on one, or in one!

The first strike by seamen working for Trinity House in more than 500 years is due to happen on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019:

Shipping News and information / Delayed Maastricht Maersk finally arrives
« on: February 24, 2019, 12:41:28 PM »
The last of Maersk Line's 2nd generation Triple E vessels has just arrived in the UK port of Felixstowe on her maiden call, her delivery having been delayed from May 2018 to January 2019.

The Maastricht Maersk was delayed by agreement with the builders, due to Maersk Line's concerns about capacity and finances, after the company sustained a loss in the first quarter of 2018.

The ship's arrival in Felixstowe this (Sunday) morning is show on a video here:

Thanks, Jens.

The 21,413 TEU Ultra Large Container Ship OOCL Japan leaves Felixstowe in a "cut and run" - when the ship sails before all cargo operations have been completed. Cargo due to be unloaded is left aboard, and boxes due to be loaded are left on the quay.

In this instance, as well as only being alongside for about 30 hours, OOCL Japan lost a good deal of working time when Felixstowe's Ship-to-shore cranes came to a halt due to high winds during Thursday, 7 February.

"Cut and Run" departures generate considerable difficulties for many people in the shipping industry. The boxes due for this port are usually unloaded in the next port, and have to be brought back by feeder ship; transport booked to carry boxes to their inland destinations is cancelled, and shippers and forwarding companies have to explain to customers what has gone wrong!

See the video:

New video: 20,388 TEU Ultra Large Container Ship Ever Gifted makes her maiden call at Felixstowe on the morning of Sunday 20 January 2019.

With orders for Ultra Large vessels slowing down, we may not see so many maiden calls in the future . . .

Thanks for the comment, Simon. There seem to be a number of views on why the majors turned transport of cull ewes for slaughter away, the protesters being one, but another was apparently the condition of the animals they were being asked to carry, and complaints they had from other passengers, mainly about the stench, and health concerns.

Shipping News and information / UK's most barbaric seatrade continues.
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:14:26 PM »

Today is a sad day for Felixstowe, but a good day for DP World London Gateway: with the move of the AE7/Condor service from the Port of Felixstowe to DP World London Gateway, today's departure of MSC Diana marks the end of the line for this rotation at the Suffolk port.

The next vessel in the string is Maersk

One of Maersk Line's new ice-class Baltic superfeeders, Venta Maersk, became the first major container ship to make the east-west passage of the Northern Sea Route to the north of Russia. She's shown here sailing from Felixstowe after completing her maiden call on the 11 October 2018:

Shipping lines are still diverting important ships away from Felixstowe, Southampton is suffering congestion, and UK businesses are suffering in the vital run-up to Christmas . .

Shipping News and information / Re: Cable layer Maersk Connector at work.
« on: October 02, 2018, 07:05:22 AM »
There's a good car park at Eaat Lane, which is right behind a seawall berm and rock defense, and the cable landing point is about half-way between that and the entrance of the R Deben. I walked along the cliff edge (low cliffs) til I found a decent view within reasonable range (800m from car park). . . It was a fairly remote place!

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