The ShipWatcher Blog

Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Fun with "Quick Pick"

Sometimes when you view the ShipWatcher page, some of the ships are in darkness.

A while ago, we fixed this by adding a "Quick Pick" facility which quickly selected a few ships close to sunrise or sunset. That way you could easily get rid of the ships in the night, and see something more interesting.

But then, if you came back again a few hours later, some of those ships would be in in darkness, and you'd have to click on "Quick Pick" again to get some new ships.

So I've added a new feature: When you click on "Quick Pick" now, you get asked if you'd like ShipWatcher to automatically do a quick pick every time you visit the site. This is handy because it means you ALWAYS get to see ships that are in daylight.

Please try it out and let me know if you find it helpful - I'm always looking for ways to make ShipWatcher better, and I appreciate any advice!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The latest news about cruising

If you want all the latest news about cruising, check out our latest "ShipWatcher News" ( section which gives you the most recent news from all over the world about recent happenings in the cruise industry.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Using Kites to Reduce Shipping Costs

The "MV Beluga Skysails" is a ship with a difference.
It sports a huge kite that can be unfurled upto 300 metre above the ship, helping it to reduce fuel bills by 20 percent.
The kite's manufacutrers, Skysails ( claim that the kite system can pay for itself in about three to five years, and is easily installed on any cargo ship.
The 135 metre long Beluga Skysails was launched on Saturday from Hamburg, and will be making a trans-atlantic crossing in early January.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bugs with some Costa ships fixed.

I fixed a bug which was causing problems when you tried to display Costa Ships Allegra, Concordia and Europa.

The bug prevented the webcams from being displayed for those ships.

It all works ok now.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New features: "Quick Pick" and "Show Videos"

I've added some new features:

1. Click on the "Quick Pick" button to quickly pick a few ships that are worth looking at. The system will choose ships close to either a sunrise or sunset. If there's any space left over, it will add in some ships that are in the middle of the day. This makes it easier for you to avoid picking ships that are in the dark - you can't see much at night!

2. Click on the "Hide Video" / "Show Video" button to toggle the display of videos at the bottom of the page. I've added a few timeplapse videos of ShipWatcher webcams down here. The selection changes depending on which ships you choose. If you don't like seeing the videos, just click on the "Hide video" button. ShipWatcher will remember your preference for next time.

If you've got any complaints or advice about these latest changes, please let me know. My main priority is to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Queen Victoria Webcam now online

I've added the webcam for Cunard's latest ship, Queen Victoria.

If you can't see it on the main page, just click on the [Preferences] button, select "Queen Victoria" from the "Cunard" section, and press SAVE.

I don't have her callsign at the moment. If anyone knows this, please let me know, because I can use this to get a location for the ship, give you tracking info, and take more meaningful photos.

Till then, please feel free to click away on the camera icon under QV so we can get some pictures of her.