Vancouver Island website tracks progress of Island-class ferries and other vessels – Victoria News
A man from Patricia Bay follows the progress of the new Island-class ferry to Campbell River as it crosses the Mediterranean, crosses the Atlantic, crosses the Panama Canal and ascends the west coast of North America before d ‘arrive in Victoria.
There’s a lot to explore on Jay Ranson’s website. While the location of the new ferry is interesting to the people of Campbell River, people who spend more than a few minutes on patbaywebcam.com can get lost in things like the rate of ice melt in Greenland, the live lightning in Colombia. -British, COVID-19 cases, cargo ships anchored in southern Gulf Islands, historic earthquakes, and how to bake sourdough bread in one day.
“When they were doing the blue bridge in Victoria, I followed all the ships that supplied the steel for it. I’ve been following cars racing through Mongolia, whatever anyone… once you get a response from people they really appreciate knowing where their friends are and where their family is, ”Ranson said. . “We did one last year when the Coast Guard vessel Jacques Cartier moved from Victoria to Nova Scotia. I started emailing the captain and the family sitting over there in Nova Scotia after the follow up, and it’s just fun.
“Once you set up the models and everything, it’s not that big of a deal,” he added. “I can’t resist the programming.”
To track vessels, Ranson uses data from public vessel tracking websites. However, her subscription allows her to be deeper than the others, allowing her to keep track of where ships have been and follow them once they leave coastal areas. It also accesses live cameras from the Panama Canal when the ship arrives in order to take a time-lapse video of the ship as it passes from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
“You always have… opportunities on the passages to get good time lapse videos. Of course, it all depends on the weather, conditions and time of day, which channel you take. It’s a bit hit and miss, ”he said. “I do a lot of post-processing to try to do my best. Sometimes it’s just kind of a preview. People are happy with it. Otherwise, they would never see it.
The data is archived on the site for future reference.
Ranson opened the site about 20 years ago after a friend asked him where the Coast Guard ships were going after leaving the port near his home.
“I said ‘what the hell, we’re just going to follow them,’ he said.
Over the past few decades, he has gathered a large number of people who want his data for one reason or another.
“Then the windsurfers, the kitesurfers, the pilots, it’s just amazing how many people have reason to be interested in what’s going on here,” he said. “I like to share it.”
Live Island 3 vessel tracking is available at http://patbaywebcam.com/island3.php.
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