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Are you of a nautical bent?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 4 Feb 2008.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    If so, here's a great way to waste a shedload of time (already mentioned in another thread, but thought it deserved a wider audience):

    http://www.shipais.com/index.php

    Choose an area, and watch the shipping. Set to refresh every couple of minutes. Mouseover each vessel to see name, speed, destination, type of vessel...

    Go to Fleetwood to see the ill fated Riverdance:

    http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=Fleetwood

    Marvel at how anything makes it across the English Channel without a collision!:
    http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=dover
     
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Some of us, well one of us anyway, feeds the shipping info to that site.:biggrin::biggrin:
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i thought this would be a thread about someone crossing the channel on a recumbent…
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    oh, how cool! (as a bit of a landlubber, I'm stupidly drawn to things nautical)
     
  5. frog

    frog Guest

    Why are they going the wrong way. A couple who's destination is Rotterdam are heading south-east.

    Has Rotterdam moved? I never got the change of address card?
     
  6. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    Location:
    UK City of Culture
    ....and one of us is sitting hanging on and reading the forum on one.
    Potholes in the road, PAH! Try some 5m waves (and thats an improvement from earlier on)
     
  7. What does the colour coding mean? Why are some green and some red?
    I wanna know!
     
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    green = cargo
    red = tanker
    blue = passenger
    white = high speed craft
    yellow = unspecified/other
     
  9. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I recently read some material to do with AIS (Automatic Identification System). The dudes that work in centres such as Dover monitor traffic on several screens (busier than Heathrow, they claim). Ships appear as circles with a 'spoke' eminating from it. If I'm not mistaken, the angle of the spoke tells you direction of travel, length of spoke for speed of vessel.
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i like the way that riverdance is described as "moored".
     
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Yes, I liked that. I suppose 'buggered' wouldn't be so official....
     
  12. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    I'm quite nautical.
     
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    The destination has to be keyed in manually at the start of each voyage, sometimes there are more important things to do(or maybe they just forget:biggrin:)and the previous destination remains displayed.
     
  14. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral

    Oh dear, there is a forum on that site, and a section on Tugs. I may be some time.:biggrin::blush:
     
  15. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral


    and
    black = tug :smile: