I’m lucky enough to work from a flat with seaviews in Margate UK - so overlooking ships coming into/out of London Anchorage – and since Working From Home through covid have got into shipwatching: in that I am checking out passing ships through binoculars, crosschecking what I’m seeing through the MarineTraffic app.
Find it a nice way to pass some time, and wondering if there is any shipping-related, citizen-led journalism or Open-Source Intelligence style projects to contribute to, to make my new-found hobby a bit more ‘productive’?
I’m thinking along the lines of: since getting into shipwatching, I’ve found it really eye opening how many hydrocarbon- or chemical-containing ships are hanging about just off coastal towns and other high-population centres. If there any project collectively tracking these kind of mooring practices; noting potentially sus behaviour re. changing flags etc., or anything else a bit ‘activisty’?