Friday, December 30, 2011


First let us start off with wishing you all the best for 2012. May all your wishes come true and may you have a prosperous and healthy year. The end of 2011 is well in sight and this gives us a great opportunity to look back on the year that has passed. In 2011 we have changed the layout of the website quite a bit with more possibilities for interactivity and a better outline of the website. The first ship of 2011 was the CMA CGM Norma, back then still one of the largest vessels in CMA CGM's fleet, but only recently knocked from her lead position by the CMA CGM Christoph Colomb, which featured the new ship design with the superstructure midships. In the first months of 2011 we've covered a great number of ship from various shiptypes, such as the jack-up rig Noble Scott Marks, heavy load vessel Rolldock Sun and the schooner Eendracht which returned to Rotterdam on March 29 after six months travelling in the Caribbean.

In May we saw the start of the cruise season in Rotterdam. Throughout the summer Rotterdam has been visited by a several cruise ships such as the Emerald Princess, AidaBlu, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth and of course several visits of Holland America's Ryndam and Rotterdam.

August was the month in which we covered the most different ships and shiptypes, such as oil tanker Ovatella, crane vessel Rambiz and pipelayers Tog Mor and Solitaire.

September and October appeared to be quiet months with mainly containerships, bulk carriers and tankers to be Ship of the Day. This peace came to a sudden halt when we saw containervessels Pantonio and CMA CGM Alaska collide with each other at the Maas Entrance area after a blackout of the Pantonio. Subsequently, we've reached the highest number of visitors on one day at October 11, 12 and 13. This brings us to the statistics. The busiest month for Ship of the Day of 2011, calculated in number of visits was October, of course due to beformentioned collision. May was also a very good month of course affected by the opening of the cruise season. Most visited pages are the post in 2007 of the Eleonora Maersk, the 2008 post of the Eugen Maersk to which Wikipedia links and again the collision of the CMA CGM Alaska and Pantonio. We've seen 115,000 pageviews from 54,000 unique visitors of which the top 5 comes from the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Philippines (I see seamen are also interested!).

As you can see, it has been a great year for Ship of the Day. Although it is sometimes time-consuming, it is also a lot of fun. We wish to thank you for visiting this website and hope to see you back in 2012, hopefully with a good number of posts from us each month.

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