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1. Category

This Category is different to other categories because of the nature of the subject so different rules apply and it is intended to be a means of reference as well as interest, so please note the information under heading 4 Replacement of Photographs

Upload to the Main - Category “Ships Funnels and Logo Boards” - only when full information and a Company website is available

To find this information use Equasis or similar Maritime sources

Copy and paste the title of the Manager,Owner or Charterer into Google and search for a website, if a website is found there is usually a logo representing the funnel seen in the photograph, if this is the case copy and paste this link with the uploaded photograph, if a logo is not given but the company is clearly identified still use the link.

If a website is not available and providing the funnel meets the required standards place it in the Sub Category “Historical/Unidentified Ship Funnel Marks”

The Category Admin will attempt to find a Company Website but the onus is on the member to try their best to find this first.

All Funnels uploaded to this category must fill 50% of the frame, any less than this will be rejected.

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2. Required

In the Description field

- Show the vessel name, IMO, the date the photograph was taken, and the location.

- Show the name and location of the Company (i.e. Owner or Ship Manager) to which the funnel colour/livery/logo refers.

- If possible, add a link to that Company site that validates the connection to the photo.

During the uploading process

- In the Title box, enter the name and location of the Company (i.e. Owner or Ship Manager) to which the funnel colour/livery/logo refers. This should be the same as shown in the Description field. It may be altered by the Category Admin after research.

- Dot “Not Relevant” for IMO Number, even if this is shown in the Description.
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3. Research

1. For names of Ship Managers, Registered Owners and ISM managers, see

2. Web sites for Shipping Company, Ship Manager, Registered Owner, ISM Manager
The category Admin usually first tries a Google search for the Ship Manager.

3. Web site for vessel, sometimes linked from company web sites.

4, A member has recommended
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4. Replacement
of Photos

The object of this category is to show only one Funnel Mark of a Company at any one time, if a good quality funnel meeting the 50% of the frame rule is uploaded then it will remain on the website, any other uploaded funnels of the same Company will be rejected, so members must check first before uploading.

If a photograph of a Funnel is already on the website and meets the required standards but is poor quality then it will remain on the website until a better one is uploaded, if that happens it will be deleted and replaced.

Members are not notified when a photograph is replaced

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5. Site
Standards for this category



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 768 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.

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. Items 5, 6 and 7 above do not apply for this category. Item 8 is determined from vertical edges or lines

B. Ensure the funnel fills a minimum of 50% of the frame.

C. Ensure the colour/livery/logo shown on the funnel is clear and legible.

D. Upload only one photo for each marking.

E. Minimum resolution (image size) for the site is 1024 x 768 pixels. Higher is better.
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