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Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:27 am
by Sponge
Resources: Tracking of the Freewinds elsewhere on the web

WWP forum megathread on geo positional tracking of the MV Freewinds
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-activ ... inds-57215

MarineTraffic.com, Live (AIS) Vessel-tracking website.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipde ... =354993000
**click the lat/long link on the left of that page for a map of current position (subject to AIS tracking being active)**

Shipping Explorer (Free web account has up to 72 hour delay in positin reporting)
http://www.shippingexplorer.net/en/vess ... -freewinds
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http://twitter.com/#!/AIStracking/statu ... 4341653504[/quote]


Live Webcams
Curacao: overlooking the mooring where Freewinds usually docks.
http://liveincuracao.com/livewebcams/
Bonaire (various):
http://www.bonairewebcams.com/BonaireWebCams.php

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Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:35 am
by Sponge
FREEWINDS
Flag: Panama
Ship Type: Passenger
Status: Underway
Speed/Course: 17.5 kn / 105˚
Length x Breadth: 134 m X 21 m
Draught: 6 m
Destination: KRALENDIJK (Bonaire)
ETA: 2010-11-23 10:30 (UTC)

Received (443): 07:36 UTC 2010-11-23
(AIS Source: Marcel A.)

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/defaul ... pe_color=6#

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:39 pm
by secretiveoldfag
Between this and the Timeline we have a complete picture for October and November to date.
This is what I have for October:

October 2010: 3-4 days not accounted for; only one of five calls in Bonaire fulfilled.
03-07 in Bonaire (Kralendijk),
07-10 in Aruba,
10-12 in Bonaire,
12-14 in Aruba
15 to to 1 (or 3?) November in Cartagena. (out of range) Return now confirmed on 3rd.

Colombia 15 October to 3rd November is not shown by MarineTraffic as Colombia and Aruba are out of range.

This is what I made of recent movements, from MarineTraffic and SeaWeb.

November 2010: She had four advance bookings in Bonaire but seems have remained in Colombia until early November when she returned to Aruba, then to Curacao (Willemstad 10/11 November.
03[-06?]: Aruba
06[-08?]: Curacao Photographed at Curacao 6 November.
08-10: Aruba, then to Curacao (Willemstad) 10/11 November.
10-11: Curacao (Willemstad) leaving midday for Aruba.
12-14: Aruba, then to Bonaire on 14th, by-passing Curacao at midnight
14-17: Bonaire
17-19: Curacao, then to Aruba. She would normally be visible on the Curacao Web Cam but it is down
20: out of range but probably in Aruba.

I'm not sure about Aruba 3 to 10 November. A whole week would be unusual. More likely Aruba 3-5; Curacao 6-8; Aruba 8-10.

Usually she has a fixed ABC routine which makes things easier to follow.

From 10.10.10 the Netherlands Antilles is no more. Curacao and St Maarten are both completely independent. Bonaire and Aruba are Dutch municipalities and part of the Netherlands, in theory. It doesn't seem to change anything much.

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:26 am
by P. Don Ron
Freewinds is changing her schedules recently, not going around the ABCs as much. I wonder what their fascination is with Colombia lately.

Maybe Freewinds has worn out their welcome in the ABCs.

Since the Netherlands Antilles recently became much more independent from Dutch oversight, I wonder what that will do to the Freewinds bank accounts in the Netherlands Antilles. Flag Ship Trust and IAS Trust also had offshore banking accounts in the Netherlands Antilles, specifically to avoid USA and IRS inspections.

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:20 am
by Sponge
Freewinds didn't stay long at Bonaire. In fact I'm not even sure it even moored up there at all. I remember seeing it approx 1 hour away from Bonaire and then stopping.
AIS is now reporting it in port at Curacao With the same date/Time that was supposed to be the ETA for Bonaire (as you can see in my previous post above). The Plaza Hotel roof webcam is still down so there's no grainy live pics to look at.

FREEWINDS
Flag: Panama
Ship Type: Passenger
Status: Anchored/Moored
Speed/Course: 0 kn / 138˚
Length x Breadth: 134 m X 21 m
Draught: 6 m
Destination: WILLEMSTAD [Curacao]
ETA: 2010-11-23 10:30 (UTC)

Received (443): 04:08 (UTC) 2010-11-25

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/defaul ... pe_color=6#

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:18 am
by magoo1
Freewinds is changing her schedules recently, not going around the ABCs as much. I wonder what their fascination is with Colombia lately.
While I was on OT 7---back in the 90's---I met a girl who turned out her parents
were VERY high up in Columbia (I believe her Dad ran it for awhile).
She said she had body guards with her ALL the time.

Anyways, perhaps they're using her family/friend connections? Just a thought.

T

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:29 pm
by secretiveoldfag
According to the screenshot or whatever in OP she moored at Kralendijk on 14 November. Maybe not for long but long enough to let the tankers off load the accumulation of sh$t. She moors at the Town's Pier. If she stops for an hour off-shore this may be to wait for a pilot. Or of course it may be to let the asbestos dust settle.
Sponge wrote:Freewinds didn't stay long at Bonaire. In fact I'm not even sure it even moored up there at all. I remember seeing it approx 1 hour away from Bonaire and then stopping.
AIS is now reporting it in port at Curacao With the same date/Time that was supposed to be the ETA for Bonaire (as you can see in my previous post above). The Plaza Hotel roof webcam is still down so there's no grainy live pics to look at.

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:42 pm
by Sponge
sof, AFAIK they don't need to wait for a pilot for Kralendijk, Bonaire. It's just an open jetty and the Freewinds has modern geo-positional satellite navigation.
Local weather conditions can be one reason why a vessel may turn back. I'm not sure that the Freewinds has the ability to manouvre safely in bad weather so close to the shallow water shelf that the jetty just sticks out of. If you look at pics of Kralendijk, Bonaire you'll see what I mean.

You can see the recent itineries, with maps showing geo-position and track....
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/datash ... =354993000
There is of course the question of it travelling in and out of range but the timings suggest that it did turn back.

Anyway, whatever the reason, it docked in Curacao 24th Nov 2010 and left heading towards Aruba yesterday evening 25th Nov 2010.
(as has been noted before, for some reason it tends to go out of AIS range shortly after leaving Curacao in that direction).
So unless it does another about-turn or quick shit-drop-stop then we can probably assume that the Poopwinds will be sitting in Aruba today.

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:38 pm
by OTBT
If you go to this Marine Tracker web site

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipde ... =354993000

on the left side column, under the heading Last Position Received, click on the Itineraries history link.

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Whenever the ship is in range, Marine Tracker automatically stores position data for midday position and midnight position (twice a day)

Right now, there are 5 map position "memories" in the temporary records cache, 2 from 25th, 2 from 24th, and one from 23rd November.

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On the far right side of each entry, right click each place where it says "Show on Map" to open 5 sequential windows of map data.

This can be useful to follow a couple days worth of previous movements all at once. These records are not permanent, and get overwritten after a few days.

Of course, you can always click on the Latitude / Longitude link on the main page (first link above, just above the green arrow in the screenshot) to pull up the current or last known map / tracking data.

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:41 am
by secretiveoldfag
I agree she may not have stayed long in Bonaire; maybe one-two hours, but since the tracking site say she moored I have to go by that, until we have some information that she didn't. She went there for a purpose, as we know, and it is unlikely that she left again without fulfilling it.

Identification of moorings or ports. More and more people seem to be aware of what Freewinds is and photographs turn up regularly. I have been trying to identify her various ports as shown in photographs.

Bridgetown, Barbados, has a harbour enclosed by several long stretches of narrow concrete breakwater, where she is often parked at an angle but nose-to-tail with a much larger cruise ship. I haven't worked out the place where they are taking out the garbage, which has a much larger concrete area and a modernistic glass-fronted building facing the harbour. From the date it might also be Barbados but??

In St Lucia at Castries she seems to park at a container port, where a dock is made out of large boulders; other distinguishing features of Castries are lots of red roofs belonging to a resort area or tourist trap. You can see these roofs in one of the Hungarian Work-Party photos. Another feature of Castries is a rock at the entrance to the harbour bearing a ruin known as the Old Lighthouse. St Lucia has a whole collection of very sharp volcanic peaks and some volcanic activity.

Their first photos are probably in Barbados. Does anyone know where people arrive to join the ship?

Cartagena on the town side has a lot of very flimsy-looking tower blocks, and on the other side a small mountain with a monastery and various radio masts on top.

The Towns Pier at Bonaire we know. The mooring at Otrabando in Willemstad we know. Aruba doesn't seen to attract photographers or travel writers or honeymoon couples.

sof

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:05 pm
by Sponge
Interesting developments about the Freewinds dropping off the AIS tacking system, culminating with a repeat of last time it appeared to be heading to Kralendjik, Bonaire but miraculously appeared to stand still midway between Curacao and Bonaire for more than 24 hours before heading back the way it came and into Willemstad port, Curacao.
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/291-scie ... ker-75355/

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:47 pm
by Sponge
Reports dated prior to above anomally....

Dec 7 Cartagena, Colombia
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-activ ... ost1387984
Arriving: smileforever/blueheronco/5301767798/
Departing: smileforever/blueheronc ... 608142420/


Dec 18 2010 Aruba
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-activ ... ost1380244
Via Twitter:
On Freewinds :D (@ Aruba ports authority) http://4sq.com/gjw5GG
11:27 PM Dec 18th via foursquare from here
.AishytaQ

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:37 pm
by Sponge
Sponge wrote:Interesting developments about the Freewinds dropping off the AIS tacking system, culminating with a repeat of last time it appeared to be heading to Kralendjik, Bonaire but miraculously appeared to stand still midway between Curacao and Bonaire for more than 24 hours before heading back the way it came and into Willemstad port, Curacao.
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/291-scie ... ker-75355/
The anomalies continue....

30th Dec 2010 just before midday Leaves Curacao heading North Westerly towards Aruba. AIS tracking stops. No AIS record of being in port at Aruba (but apparently had enough time to be there if indeed it was).
3rd Jan 2011 track picks up heading in the opposite direction South Easterly, inbound to but passing Curacao, turning toward Kralendjik, Bonaire.
AIS states: Destination: KRALENDIJK ETA: 2011-01-03 10:30 but actual AIS track shows it to be stuck midway

Current data, as I type (my time 3rd Jan 2011 4pm UTC)...
AIS date/time 3rd Jan 9:55am UTC
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30th Dec 2010 1205PM UTC
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30th Dec 2010 1205AM UTC
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29th Dec 2010 0359PM UTC
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Keep watching:
FREEWINDS - 6810811 - Vessel's Details and Current Position

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:12 pm
by duhast
Well that's strange. The position of Freewinds is now in the middle of the Egyptian desert...

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/defaul ... 58:04%20PM

Re: Tracking: Last reported positions of the MV Freewinds

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:50 pm
by touchstone
Talk about yer dry-dock!

Pro'lly some OT showing off Sooper Powerz (TM), knocking off hats at fifty paces and whatnot. I'm sure they'll poit or bamf (aww, is Kurt Wagner/ Nightcrawler still dead? sniff...) the ol' bucket to Venus, the Van Allen Belt, or back to the Caribbean before long.

I *expect* that this is just some simple glitch/error/incompetence, entirely benign, no biggie... but since this is the Lying Right Habitually Club we're talking about, the entertaining possibility which cannot be discounted is that there's some naughty falsification of records or the like going on. I've got enough popcorn if they want to be hoisted on their own collective petards in yet more novel fashions.
Anyone who knows more about this stuff have an informed opinion? If not, let the gleeful, wild speculations commence.