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1. Category


The category is not to be treated as a repository for photos of distant vessels that would not meet site standards. Distant views where harbour features are a small part of the image may be considered for deletion. Members should understand the limitations of their camera.


Photos with clearly visible Harbour features. This may include occupied/unoccupied berths and loading/unloading facilities. The harbour must be used by vessels that meet Shipspotting criteria

Photos of canal locks which meet the above criteria.


DO NOT UPLOAD photos showing an area with ships anchored, but without visible harbour facilities. That type of photo should be placed in the Shipping (main) category, where views of more than one ship normally are placed. They must meet the requirement of this section of the FAQ titled Uploading Issues ... q/index.php?cat_id=16 (FIX)

DO NOT UPLOAD photos showing close-ups of lighthouses or beacons

DO NOT UPLOAD photos showing breakwaters with water or distant ships in the background, unless harbour features are clearly seen somewhere in the photo.

DO NOT UPLOAD photos of harbours for small yachts and boats used for recreational purposes.This includes Yacht Marinas.
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2. Required

In the DESCRIPTION field

- Include information about the features shown in the photo.

- Do not include promotional information about the city or country or harbour.

- Provide directions to good shipspotting locations to assist other members

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


-Use the sequence
-ALWAYS Location/City/Town (upper case for fist letters only)
-IF NEEDED State/County/Provence (upper case for first letters only)
-ALWAYS Country (all letters in UPPER CASE)

See other images in the Category as an example

DOT THE IMO BOX for Not Relevant
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3. Research

Google and other searches for the named harbour.
For Shipspotting purposes, the words harbour and port can be taken to mean the same thing
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4. Site
Standards for this category

See Site Standards specific to this category below


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 [email protected]

1. Size of image: The resolution must be between 768 x 1024 (or 1024x768) pixels and 10000 x 10000 pixels, files have to be jpeg format. Please make sure that the size you select to post will show a photo that is sharp at the maximum size it will visible on the site. Members should be constantly aware of the limitations of their cameras. Preferably the aspect ratio (width x height) should not be below 3 to 1, to give a view that corresponds to the dimensions of normal screens (viewfinder or computer).

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, negatives or transparencies may not be as sharp as modern digital photographs, although also in may cases digital photographs will benefit from sharpening

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. Some inclination for verticals at the edges of a photo can be allowed.

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

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.

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.

14 Old photos or negative scans from members archives must comply with Site Standards. Scratches or other blemishes should be removed, which may require the use of more advanced software.


A. The photo must demonstrate the characteristics of a harbour, for example a comprehensive overview with clearly visible features, occupied/unoccupied berths, or loading/unloading facilities.

B. Distant views and shots where harbour features are a small part of the image may be considered for deletion. Members should understand the limitations of their camera.

C. If posting multiple photos, links between them may be shown. There should be an obvious reason for the sequence which relates to the overview of the harbour.
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