Welcome to the sixth edition of the FleetMon Maritime Gallery. Each month, you’ll find a special section on our blog featuring the Best Maritime Photos in a certain category. You’ll not only get to view the most popular photos being voted by our community for “Photo of the Week” and “Photo of the Month”. We also present special shots which are less noted but in the same way extraordinary.
Our November gallery is all about snow, ice, and cold. We’ve collected the most beautiful winter-themed shots taken by ship spotters from our community on FleetMon.com. Enjoy the different types of ships that make their way through the icy cold water. And one – that lights up the New Year’s morning off Norway.
To all our ship spotters out there: We truly appreciate your work. Keep it up, guys!
MAERSK EINDHOVEN by Pershing
Let’s start with this special shot of MAERSK EINDHOVEN by our ship spotter Pershing. The vessel was built in 2010 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in a South Korean shipyard and named after the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Pershing’s FleetMon gallery contains almost 900 photos – mainly of impressive container vessels. This photo was taken in February 2012 and shows the vessel in the wintry port of Hamburg. The sky was rough and gloomy that day. Only one ray of sun hits the ship like a spotlight, making her shine brightly even in the dark. This shot is rightly the most popular by him!
PATRICIA ESSBERGER by Becks93
This picture was taken by one of our most active ship spotters. It shows PATRICIA ESSBERGER off the coast of Great Britain, photographed by Becks93. Completely enveloped in ice and snow, it almost looks as if she ran aground. We like the contrast between the white layer of ice, the bright blue sky, and the bright red chemical tanker. By the way: Two units of this type were manufactured in 2000, both ordered by the John T. Essberger shipping company. They are mainly used in European product shipping.
BOXER by Pattaya
Double awarded: Once as Photo of the Week and once as Photo of the Month, Pattaya‘s shot rightly made it into our maritime gallery. It shows the tug BOXER off the coast of Norway, in the Sarnesfjord to be precise. In the background, you can see the majestic mountains that are characteristic of this area. The community praised this picture, and the ship spotter himself was impressed: ‚I was lucky with both the weather and that BOXER came so close to where I was.’
DIKSON by Vitaliykld
Our next vessel photo looks very inconspicuous at first glance, and yet the shot has it all. It shows icebreaker DIKSON at work in the white sea. At the ship’s bow, you can see how she drills her way through the ice and breaks the surface into several individual ice floes. DIKSON is the final vessel of three subarctic icebreakers built between 1982–1983 in Finland. The vessel’s sister ships are MUDYUG and MAGADAN. The picture was taken by our ship spotter Vitalykld, who was in the right place at the right time and captured this moment. Incidentally, he is one of our longest-standing members in the FleetMon community.
GREENDALE by miraflores
Last but not least, we would like to show you the picture of bulk carrier GREENDALE. It was uploaded by our loyal member miraflores, enriching our FleetMon community since 2007, and soon having provided nearly 10.000 photos. Wow! The vessel was built in 2003 by Shanghai Shipyard and is currently sailing under the flag of Belize. In this shot, we see her crossing the Kiel Canal at the level of the Gruenental channel bridge in January 2021. It was a cold and cloudy winter day, but we still get such impressive pictures. Thanks to our valued ship spotters!
My Photobox Special:
Each month, we’ll additionally feature extraordinary photos found in the “My Photobox” of the FleetMon team members. Have a closer look at this training ship on New Year’s morning 2020.