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January 2012 Blog Posts (22)

Ship photography advice required

Hi, folks,

I have recently found this site as an aviation photographer (rank amateur), and it has interested me in shipping photography. I know nothing about it and was wondering about protocols for photography around ports. I would prefer to get fairly close, rather than use a long lens for something out at sea. Any advice would be welcome.

Added by Tony Scruton on January 30, 2012 at 0:01 — 4 Comments

Gone are the days!

I have fond memories of being invited to visit, [behind the scenes], both Glasgow and Prestwick airports.

Along with invited guests [under the pseudonym, Strathclyde Police Aeronautical Club] we were afforded unprecedented access to control towers, radar rooms, runways and even riding on fire engines and operating foam hoses, brilliant fun……

At Glasgow Paul Reid, Air Traffic Controller, who is now Managing Director of NATS Services, couldn’t have been more helpful; he…

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Added by John McLeish on January 24, 2012 at 2:32 — 3 Comments

Cruise ships visiting Greenock

List of cruise ships scheduled to visit Greenock Ocean Terminal, 2012 (As at 9 January 2012)

-- Timings often change at short notice --

-- Gross registered tonnage shown in brackets



1 Mar, 8am to 2 Mar, 1pm -- Hebridean Princess (2,112)

6 March, 8am to 7pm --…

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Added by John McLeish on January 21, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

ANA203

All Nippon Airways ANA 203 B787-8 in the air to Frankfurt Int'l EDDF !

Added by Carlos Briggs on January 20, 2012 at 21:28 — No Comments

Aztec Maiden - Aground in Holland

The cargo vessel Aztec Maiden has run aground overnight off the coast of Wijk aan Zee, near Amsterdam, Holland.

The coastguard SAR craft Donateurand the tug Ievoli Black and are in attendance and hope to re-float the vessel at high tide this afternoon.

The shipfinder screenshot below shows the vessel's track during the incident here:

You can see the…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 20, 2012 at 14:17 — 2 Comments

Concorde

After posting a couple of pics of Concorde it seemed to cause quite a response, thanks all for your comments.

I've posted all the photo's I took from the last few flights of Concorde I managed to capture, I hope they are of interest to some.

They are unaltered and include all the shots, the good, the bad, the blurred and the ugly.…

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Added by Phill on January 20, 2012 at 14:01 — No Comments

1,000 boat 'Sailpast' for Jubilee!

"A 1,000-boat flotilla reflecting the UK's maritime heritage has been assembled for the Diamond Jubilee, organisers have announced."

BBC News linky

Added by Phill on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 — 1 Comment

Listening to Air Traffic.

This is a site for listening to HF feeds of air traffic flying the Atlantic Ocean.

Some members will be aware of this facility but to those who don’t, or haven’t access to an HF receiver this might be of interest.

Most traffic flying from Canada/America to Europe, depart from 1900hr EST onwards, and you can hear the best transmissions on band NAT B. Gander Radio [you may have to stay up late for transmissions] as they don’t clear US/Canada control and passed to Gander till…

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Added by John McLeish on January 17, 2012 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Interest in charts/maps/navigation

Since a youngster I have been fascinated with maps/charts/navigation

 I have listed below some sites that may be of interest to members.

Let me know if you like as I have more.

 http://www.visitmyharbour.com/

http://www.thehangar.co.uk/waypoints/waypoints.shtml

http://occ.ivao.ca/…

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Added by John McLeish on January 15, 2012 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

More Panda Tracking Excitement!

More Panda News!

FedEx are once again flying two VIP's (Very Important Panda's).

Huan Huan (Happy) and Yuan Zi (Chubby) are currently in the air on their way from China to Beauval ZooParc in Paris!

The FedEx Panda Express aircraft remains the plane of choice for chinese pandas.

The Boeing 777F (N892FD) is traveling the 5000 miles and is due to land at 1200…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 15, 2012 at 10:36 — 1 Comment

Costa Concordia - Runs Aground at Giglio, Italy

On Friday night (13th January 2012) the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the island of Giglio off of the Tuscan coast in Italy.

The passenger ship is reported to be listing 20 degrees and over 4,000 passengers and crew were ordered to abandon ship.

A huge rescue operation is underway - sadly it seems that some people have died during the incident.

Thanks to Terry Kenton for submitted this photo taken at Civitavecchia, Italy in 2006 - the year she was…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 14, 2012 at 5:00 — 7 Comments

Good news for Glasgow

Emirates have announced a second daily flight between Glasgow and Dubai.

The new flight will begin on 1st June 2012.

I hope that one of them will be an A380, although I dont know if r/w has enough length for this a/c.

 

Added by John McLeish on January 10, 2012 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Royal Yacht Britannia

A bit of late news that may be of interest.

Whilst The Royal Yacht Britannia was being moved from her moorings at Leith for repairs on Friday, she took on water and developed a list of 4 degrees to starboard caused by a failed door seal.

The fire service attended to assist with correcting ballast..

She is now in dry dock for repairs.

view the following for pics.…

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Added by John McLeish on January 8, 2012 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Cargo Ship Rena Breaks in Two

The Cargo ship Rena broke in two overnight spilling containers and debris into the sea in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

 

The wreck was hit by 6m waves during the heaviest storms since she ran aground in October.

 

There were still up to 800 containers onboard at the time of the storm.

 

You can see activity in the Bay of Plenty using playback on shipfinder.co…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 8, 2012 at 10:16 — No Comments

Marine Incidents Update

A busy 24 hours on the events that we are currently tracking at pinkfroot

First the good news...

MSC Poesia was freed from the reef off of Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island at around 18:00 local time.

Thanks again to Capt d'Von Archer who even managed to get pinkfroot into the local news!!…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 8, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

MSC Poesia Aground near Freeport, Bahamas

The Cruise Liner MSC Poesia has run aground at Port Lucaya near Freeport Bahamas.

Thanks to Capt. d'Von Archer for alerting us to this using the spotted function of Ship Finder Free

Screenshot here

 

Photo by Patrick Kenealy of MSC Poesia leaving Venice,…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 7, 2012 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

Oil Tanker Transfer in Belfast Lough

An operation is underway in Belfast Lough to remove 54,000 tons of oil.

The Bermuda registered Genmar Companion developed a crack in her deck on 16 December 2011 during a voyage from Rotterdam to New York.

Since then she has been sheltering off of the Copeland Islands in the Irish Sea.

Her cargo of vacuum gas oil is being transferred to BW Seine with the operation expected to take up to 36 hours to complete.

A one-mile marine traffic exclusion zone is…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 7, 2012 at 10:06 — 1 Comment

Commodore Clipper - 24 hours at sea instead of 9!

Passengers on the Commodore Clipper from Portsmouth to St Helier, Jersey spent 24 hours on-board overnight as the English Channel continues to be hit by the winter storms.

The ferry crossing normally only takes 9 hours!!

That must have been a very long night

An image below from our marine traffic website at shipfinder.co shows the Commodore Clipper finally in port at St Helier!!

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 5, 2012 at 17:03 — No Comments

Mount Etna Eruption

Mount Etna volcano in Sicily, Italy has erupted overnight sending an ash cloud high into the air.

Eurocontrol have issued NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) alerts advising of flight traffic re-routing in the region.

This is likely to cause some local disruption and delays around Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (LICC/CTA).

Pinkfroot are plotting the ash cloud, and its effect on air traffic, in our Plane Finder apps and on …

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 5, 2012 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

Annie PG Crewman Killed in Storms

Sadly a crewman died today in the English Channel as high winds battered the UK.

The tanker Annie PG was on her way to Stanlow when hit by the very high winds and waves.

Here she is seen diverting to Falmouth..

http://shipfinder.co/ship/232698000/time/2012-01-03T14:10:00%20UTC

Nick Mercer has previously photographed the vessel…

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Added by pinkfroot news on January 3, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

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