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Offline David Harrison

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Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2019, 10:04:16 PM »
Last year I travelled to Panama City and spent the day watching the ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal.  Fantastic!
regards Glencairn :-) :pint:

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Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2021, 07:06:35 PM »
...if you start your day by checking Marinetraffic to know how you gonna plan your day:
- is there anything worth that's docked in the port that's convenient to take photos of?
- if something's going by the channel on it's way to port - is it worth & possible rushing to the channel to take photos of it passing by?
- is there anything worth at the anchorage that could go to port & when will it likely go?
- if all above 3 have the answer of "meh, nothing" then carry on with your day.

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Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2021, 09:34:56 PM »
What Denis said. :D

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Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2021, 12:10:49 AM »
A true shipspotter will get his ship spotted no matter what, including:

- waking up before work a bit earlier so instead of going to work you go & take photos of the desired ship while she's still there & position of the sun is favourable exactly for that time of the day. Then you go to work happily.
- creating a some believable excuse just so you leave your work earlier on 1 hour or more, then you rush home, take your equipment & rush to the channel hoping your desired ship didn't pass by before you get there. Just cause you didn't see all this coming hours earlier before you decided to open Marinetraffic & raised your eyebrows at what's started going by the channel.
- applying your shipspotting wisdom when Marinetraffic doesn't provide you with enough of information to make up your mind, like:
You open Marinetraffic, you check what's in port, what's going by the channel, what's at anchorage. Nothing interesting, just some 2 tugs going together by the channel. You not gonna bother spotting 2 random tugs, right? But wait, their speed is like some 4-5 knots. Are they towing something? At closer look, the distance between those tugs is like 80 meters, so the towed object is like about 40 meters. What could it be? Perhaps... a floating crane? Now that's something worth spotting, but it's a random guess, anyway - better go & check! Arrived at the place - yup, they are towing a floating crane I so wished to take pics of earlier.