Welcome to the CVF forum.

This is the place where like-minded people with an interest in all things maritime, photography, Scandinavia and all sorts of other things meet and share ideas, images and news.

The site was set up by, and belongs to, Captain Jan Olav Storli of Trondheim, Norway - look out for his stunning photography on our site, usually under the username 'Pakarang'.

In order to post on the forum, you'll need to go to the 'register' link at the top right of the page. We'll ask you a few questions, and your application will be submitted. When one of our harassed and overworked administrators has time they'll check that you're not a robot or professional poster of forum spam, and you'll get a confirmation email. This can take a few days, sometimes weeks - it doesn't mean we don't want you to join us!

When you do join, we welcome your posts. We just ask that you're polite, well behaved, don't use any offensive language or express views that may offend. If you'd like to post a photograph, fantastic!! In order to make the site manageable (we have tens of thousands of photos!) we ask that you link to an image, rather than uploading onto our site. That involves using one of the services like Flickr, Photobucket etc. to upload your photos, and then pasting a link to it - this will be obvious on the photo server and will look something like [IMG]photolink.jpg[/IMG]. You can of course link to your own server. The advantage of this approach to you is that the photographs remain firmly under your control, you can upload a full resolution photograph and it will always look good on our site without needing loads of bandwidth, and you can reload photos if you decide that you don't like the way that something looks.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post a request in a likely looking forum thread - probably in the 'Accounting, regulation, help and tips' thread - and one of us is bound to be able to help.

Thanks for your interest in us, and welcome to CVF!