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This category is for vessels formally classified as a General Cargo Ship. If unsure of the vessel classification, use the Research Sources below.
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To make it more manageable, this category is divided into separate subcategories according to gross tonnage and year built. If unsure, use the Research Sources below.

Ensure that the photo is uploaded to the correct subcategory from the drop down list seen while uploading.

If the photo shows two or more General Cargo vessels, upload it to the subcategory titled “General cargo ship photos, more than one ship”

If the photo has more than one vessel in it and one is not a General Cargo Ship, upload it to the Shipping category.
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In the Description field

- Show additional information from the Resource Sources below.

- Also add other information of general interest from your own knowledge.



During the uploading process comply with the requirements of the Upload a new photo page.

- Enter only the name of the vessel in the Title Box.

- Enter any IMO number in the IMO Number Box. Check for this before or during uploading.



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Useful links include:

http://www.equasis.org
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz
http://www.shippingdatabase.com

Databases such as Shipping Company sites
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SITE STANDARDS THAT APPLY TO ALL PHOTOS

We have site standards to ensure that the Shipspotting site maintains its focus on good images of ships themselves. In addition to these general standards, some categories have specific variations. Please use the Forum to raise any queries, or contact us at webmaster@shipspotting.com

1. Size of image: The resolution must be between 768 x 768 pixels and 4000 x 4000 pixels, and the file size maximum is 4MB.

2. Sharpness: Images must be sharp. In a sharp image, names, windows, cranes and other ship details will be clear. Moderate digital enhancement for sharpness is acceptable, but the image must remain sharp in at least one of medium/full screen/original sizes on a screen of at least 280mm. It is accepted that older images, processed from prints or transparencies may not be as sharp as modern digital photographs.

3. Exposure: All images should be appropriately exposed to show the ship clearly, and without large white or black areas. Silhouettes are not accepted.

4. Level: The horizon must be level and verticals should appear so. The image should be straightened where necessary.

5. Distortion and enhancement: Photos taken with fish eye or other lenses that produce distorted images are not allowed. Black-and-white images are accepted only if that was the original medium; similarly for colour images. All manipulation of digital images should maintain a “natural” contrast and colour. For further guidance on digital enhancement see http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Photo%20manipulation.

6. Full ships only: For all views except those specifically for part-ship categories, bows, sterns and masts should not be cropped. Bow and stern shots are acceptable if they show the vessel from the waterline to the top of the superstructure.

7. Obstructions: Foreground obstructions should not restrict the view of the ship. Equipment and other vessels that are associated with the normal working of the ship (such as container cranes, tugs or bunkering barges) are acceptable provided they do not dominate the image. For ships alongside quays, the whole length of the ship should be in sight.

8. Main subject: The ship must be the main subject. Distant views where the ship is a small part of the image are not accepted.

9. People: The incidental presence of crew, passengers or shore workers in normal activity (ie not posed) is acceptable. Photographs showing people in the foreground, or others that may invade personal privacy, are not permitted.

10. Borders and watermarks: New digital images should not have added borders. Scanned historic images may retain a border provided it is unobtrusive and not decorative. Watermarks are acceptable provided they are discreet and do not impinge on the ship image. QR electronic codes are not permitted.

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11. Small boats: Unless in use by the shipping or fishing industries or public authorities, small boats of less than 20 metres/65 feet in length are not accepted.

12. Multiple photos: When posting multiple photos of the same vessel taken on the same Date, the submission must be restricted to a maximum of 4 photographs with a significant change of Aspect/Angle between the photographs.

13. Date and location of photo: These must be included in the Description, if not added from the Location and Date of photo menus on the Upload page.



SITE STANDARDS SPECIFIC TO THIS CATEGORY

If the photo shows two or more General Cargo vessels, upload it to the subcategory titled “General cargo ship photos, more than one ship”.

If the photo has more than one vessel in it and one is not a General Cargo Ship, upload it to the Shipping category.
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