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1. Sub


The main category will be kept empty

Photos must be posted to one of the following subcategories.

Subcategory for general cargo inland vessels, inland Ro-Ro vessels, containerships, cargo barges.

Subcategory for river cruise ships, tour boats, dinner cruisers, ferries across and along rivers and lakes, including car ferries, passenger ferries and chain/cable ferries

Subcategory for chemical and product tankers, gas tankers, cement carriers, bunkering and water tankers, vegetable/edible oil tankers, tank barges.

Subcategory for pusher tugs, towboats, river tugs, inland registered tugs.

Subcategory for workboats, pontoons, dredgers, hydrographic survey vessels, special purpose vessels.
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2. Required

In the Description field, show:

If possible, additional information such as nationality, port of registry, type, weight, size, ownership etc

If applicable, the European Number of Identification (ENI) of the vessel. See below.

Since April 2007 the European Number of Identification (ENI) is placed on European
- Inland vessels over 20 meters in length
- Inland vessels of which the volume (length x beam x draught) exceeds 100 cubic meters
- Inland tugs and push boats which are destined for towing, pushing, or transporting coupled alongside these ships or floating installations
- Inland passenger ships and floating installations.

The number is displayed on the side and the stern of these vessels.

Comply with the requirements of the Upload a new photo page
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3. Research

Wikipedia sites with useful code lists and links:
Dutch -
English -
Spanish -
French -
and to find photos by country

Some useful database links to find out the European Number of Identification (ENI):
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4. Site
Standards for 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 [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.

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5. Site
Standards for this category


A. Refrain from submitting any photographs where the vessel is far off in the distance and very little detail of the vessel can be seen. The name of the ship should be legible .

B. When ensuring that the horizon is level, check any vertical items in the photo such as buildings or power poles.

C. A resolution (image size) of greater than the minimum 1024 x 768 is desirable.
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