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Shipping News and information / Re: Cable layer Maersk Connector at work.
« on: September 30, 2018, 08:05:55 PM »
 Looked as if he was just out for a stroll . . . :-)

Shipping News and information / Cable layer Maersk Connector at work.
« on: September 30, 2018, 01:56:02 PM »
Maersk Connector is now laying cable to connect the new East Anglia 1 offshore windfarm with the shore, just near Bawdsey in Suffolk. Here are a couple of video clips showing her at work - the first filmed from the south, about 4 or 5km away, and the second filmed from the north, about 2km away.

Part 1 - hooking up to the mains:

Part 2 - Maersk Connector laying cable:

The video has now been revised and settings corrected! Sorry!

Arklow Ruler and Arklow Forest sail at the same time, around 5pm, from the ABP Port of Ipswich on Thursday 6 September.
Although the 2 ships were built 5 years apart, their overall dimensions and looks are very similar, and both look in very good condition . . .

Brand new 3,596 TEU ice-class superfeeder Vayenga Maersk sailing from the Port of Felixstowe after her maiden call, at 7am LT on 6 September 2018.
She has a strengthened hull for sailing the Baltic in winter, sheltered foredeck and fully enclosed accommodation block to improve crew safety.

Felixstowe loses 2 more services, despite software "progress" claims: in the past few day, OOCL and CMA-CGM have switched services away from the port of Felixstowe due to software problems, despite the port's claims of "positive progress" . . .

Pundit Andrew Wheeler says that the current crop of ultra large container ships may just be a blip, and that 10,000 to 15,000 TEU vessels may become the norm again . . .

Shipping News and information / Levant service returns to Felixstowe:
« on: August 26, 2018, 11:07:49 AM »
Hamburg Sud container ship Rio Blanco arrived on 23 August, marking the return of the CMA-CGM, Seago Line and Hamburg Sud Levant service to Felixstowe, after a period at Southampton cause by Felixstowe

Despite the Port of Felixstowe's assurances that everything is fine, shipping lines and hauliers are still not happy . . .

BIFA slams Felixstowe: The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that businesses still to face

Thank you for your kind help, gentlemen!

I've recently filmed a run of very lightly laden ULCS's, and wonder how much difference the draft and light load make to the ship's handling, and to her behavior at sea, in all kinds of weather conditions.

Would any of the seafarers here give me some comments, please?

Shipping News and information / Re: Dutch tug INNOVATION
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:18:01 PM »
You'll usually find that HHA berthed page notes when a departure time is "confirmed", which might give your lead time, for the first ship of your day . .

Shipping News and information / Re: Dutch tug INNOVATION
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:58:35 PM »
The best place for departures is the port authority, HHA:

They also have a forecast page for incomings, and a departure page when vessels are sailing soon, and an arrivals pages for when they are on their approach.

Port of Felixstowe also have this set of pages:

Their predicted arrival times are usually a bit later than the vessel actually arrives, so you are best to use an app like Marinetraffic to keep an eye on them. Larger ships come up the approach channel at 14 or 15 knots at times, so they can arrive very quickly!
Have a good day!

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