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Giant oil tankers built in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain

From Ferrol, the land of the shipyards that built large oil tankers, and still do build ships and other marine crafts, we get the piece of news that a fantastic exhibition has just been presented.

It is called “GIGANTES”, which is the Spanish word for giants, referring to the large size of these tankers, built from 1964-1982.

See below the poster of the exhibition:

Gigantes, the exhibition about large oil tankers built in Ferrol's Astano shipyard, Spain. 1964-1982

Gigantes, the exhibition about large oil tankers built in Ferrol’s Astano shipyard, Spain. 1964-1982


More info on http://www.exponav.org/?lang=en

Below you can see some pictures of these beautiful and enormous oil tankers:

Oil tankers built in Spanish shipyard Astano, 1964-1982

Oil tankers built in Spanish shipyard Astano, 1964-1982


Gran Prix II

The Gran Prix regatta has finally started later than expected due to meteo conditions, but finally became a success as expected; with 13 participants we have an average of 1500 visits per day and dozens of people have signed up for the satellite messaging service.

We are especially proud of the grib web-based visual application. In the regatta it lets you visualize the forecasted wind in the next 3 hours.

We hope to improve the wind app in the next few weeks so that all forecasted times by the grib data can be visualized in the application.


In Atlantic we are very glad that we’ve been selected once again to track the boats in the 2010 edition of the Gran Prix regatta.

Motivated by the success in the former edition, we will be introducing a few improvements in order to add more participative and safety related features to the tracking webpage.

Among them we’ll introduce our Iridium messaging twitter service. Please sign up here and visit our page here to know more.

Gran Prix 2010

Request MMSI number in Spain

AIS transponders must be programmed with the MMSI number, among other data. MMSI is the unique identifier for each ship.

This number will be used for all communications equipment such as radio beacon and DSC radio.

For Spanish vessels, the procedure to obtain the MMSI is done through Dirección General de Marina Mercante.

- Download MMSI request form

In the case of the class B transponder AIS CTRX by Trueheading, the certification number is 57.0003

Follow Gran Prix

This is the link where you can track via satellite the Gran Prix regatta.

The participants will install their hardware few days before the regatta, starting on January 9th. Since then, you can track them in the Google map.

We’ve also written a page with instructions on how to install the inmarsat D+ terminals on board, that will be available in english shortly.

Sailing in Spain

We’ve been following lately discussions and conversations in our favourite forum (LTP) about how different sailing in Spain is from many other countries around us. Everything started after the article written by the popular writer Arturo Perez Reverte:

- As a start, in Spain, many people do never sail!! Their boats are kept as some sort of a status symbol anchored at our marinas.

- As a consequence, many specialized magazines are focused on high-purchasing-power users, that are not really willing to sail, and thus magazines turn into catalogues instead of real technical advisors.

- Bureaucracy and over-regulation are not helping the country to having a really flexible and powerful nautical industry able to listen to their customers.

- As a status symbol, many spaniards believe that the situation does not need to change because boaters are still seen as loaded people that basically don’t know what to do with their money. We know many really passionate people that suffer a really hard time doing its best to overcome the costly bureaucratic tasks and mandatory checks of their boats. We believe it is already expensive enough to mantain your boat in shape if besides you have to tackle infinite costly issues.

Since we started our project, we found more and more distance between the demands of the boaters, and the response from both nautical companies and the administration.

Nowadays there seems to be a lot of discussion about how to tackle low cost tourism. We believe it is a good moment to debate about the possibilities of helping and promoting an industry for which we have unparalelled conditions.

It would also be convenient trying to homogenize the different european legislations for an activity that in practice needs no frontiers.

Guardia Civil

According to this article, Spanish Guardia Civil (a Spanish police corps) will be carrying AIS on its SVE (External Surveillance Service).

It looks clear the road that AIS is taking not only as an essential aid to navigation, but also from the security point of view.

The article states however:

Además, el AIS cuenta con una tecnología que es capaz de hacer invisibles a las patrulleras que lo tengan instalado, es decir, que se podrá desconectar el dispositivo para no ser detectadas por buques que pudieran estar incluidos en investigaciones de narcotráfico internacional

The translation would say that AIS has a technology that “makes boats invisible¿?”. Clearly wrong, it is only a button that once pressed shuts transmission down. A button counts as a piece of technology?

We are glad they used parts of our info pages about AIS in their article. We would have liked though a simple link too!!