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Photographer:Chris Howell [View profile]Title:L'AUSTRALAdded:Jan 17, 2017
Captured:January 12, 2017IMO:9502518Hits:2,735
Location:Bluff, New Zealand
Photo Category: Storm Pictures
Entering Bluff on an unscheduled call after hitting an object, possibly a semi-submerged container.
Vessel Identification
Flag:Wallis & Futuna Islands
Technical Data
Vessel type:Passengers Ship
Gross tonnage:10,944 tons
Summer DWT:1,441 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Matautu
Class society:Bureau Veritas
Build year:2010
AIS Information
Last known position:
44°58’6.46” N, 1°32’53.72” W
Speed, course (heading):
15.0kts, 6° (10°)
Location:St Jean De Luz
Arrival:16th Apr 2019
06:00:28 UTC
Last update:
1 day 21 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 May 13th, 04:00:03 UTCJp Hagi
2018 May 11th, 09:05:17 UTCJp Himeji
2018 May 10th, 23:00:05 UTCJp Osaka
2018 May 9th, 23:00:18 UTCJp Tam
2018 May 8th, 23:00:36 UTCJp Hij
2018 May 7th, 06:00:56 UTCJp Hiroshima
2018 May 6th, 23:00:22 UTCJp Koj
2018 May 5th, 12:00:20 UTCKr Pus
2018 May 1st, 23:00:11 UTCJp Sak
2018 April 27th, 23:00:21 UTCJp Uwa
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Photo Comments (23)

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Trygve Eriksen on Jan 22, 2017 17:29 (2 years ago)
Very interesting and very impressive shot. Perhaps some cruise buyers do not like to realize possibility of such waves. But seriously; Semi-submerged conatiners in sea, under radar coverage and difficult to see, must some times be challenging for ships and dangerous.
MattyBoy on Jan 22, 2017 14:52 (2 years ago)
I take my hat off to you Sir, brilliant !
Alfredo Aldi on Jan 22, 2017 14:28 (2 years ago)
Your picture is simply fantastic!
Dеnis on Jan 20, 2017 21:33 (2 years ago)
Easily another photo of the year!
Eric HOURI on Jan 18, 2017 08:10 (2 years ago)
Magnifique !!!
Chris Howell on Jan 18, 2017 07:14 (2 years ago)
Thanks Marc

I was put off when the friend's who allowed the use of their images found someone accessing the site was printing and selling on Ebay.
Marc Piché on Jan 18, 2017 02:49 (2 years ago)
Super pic Chris.

Nice to see you back with your splendid images on this site.


andrecas on Jan 17, 2017 23:44 (2 years ago)
Super group of photos under challenging conditions.
Chris Howell on Jan 17, 2017 20:20 (2 years ago)
Thanks for the comments and will start posting again.

Theo (Captain Ted) has it right, I was on the pilot boat and the idea is to watch the sea in conjunction with the pilot boat which has to stop so there is less spray and if the timing comes off a picture like this is the result.

As to photoshop it is not on my computer, just a slight tweak of the contrast etc.
Peter Grunberg on Jan 17, 2017 20:12 (2 years ago)
Hey Chris,

I reckon that tops your shot of the Orion a few years back ( if that is at all possible ).
I cant imagine how you got that shot without being lashed to the boat !!!

And no doubt your shoes are still drying out !!

Best Regards
Peter in Queenscliff

jan_t on Jan 17, 2017 18:50 (2 years ago)
Amazing series of pics! Unique capture!
Paul Finnigan on Jan 17, 2017 18:23 (2 years ago)
I going to say that is the best photo I have seen on Shipspotting ! well done Chris
Steven Collingwood on Jan 17, 2017 18:15 (2 years ago)
It's the Surfing Ship!!!
SteKrueBe on Jan 17, 2017 17:41 (2 years ago)
Right place, right moment and a pleasing combination of colours - that's what i call a brilliant shot.
Pilot Frans on Jan 17, 2017 17:33 (2 years ago)
A really great picture Chris !!
Captain Ted on Jan 17, 2017 17:07 (2 years ago)
Great shot Chris,,, also it is not photoshopped as suggesed, Chris is on the pilot boat and in the valley of the wave and the wave in the foreground is not where the ship is riding on she is futher back,, However, no question right moment right place,,well done Chris
Allan RO on Jan 17, 2017 17:02 (2 years ago)
great shot Chris...

davehay on Jan 17, 2017 16:49 (2 years ago)
nice pic but surely photo-shopped
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 17, 2017 16:26 (2 years ago)
Great series Chris.

Alex59 on Jan 17, 2017 15:57 (2 years ago)
Beautiful photo, Chris! Nice to see your photos again!
Geir Vinnes on Jan 17, 2017 11:39 (2 years ago)
I totally agree with both Tobias and Jadran.
An excellent series of photos Chris.

jadran on Jan 17, 2017 10:12 (2 years ago)
That's a beauty of a photograph, Chris.... just wonderful !!!
You should sell it for the Cruise company brochure... and, I believe that they would be delighted to buy it and publish it on the cover page of the this Ship brochure......
With very best regards from Croatia,

PS: Welcome back onto the site again with your great posts, Chris!
Tobias S. Holland on Jan 17, 2017 10:04 (2 years ago)
Excellent shot, Chris!
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