I was issued a 6-months UK visa in 2014 and I stayed for 3 months. When I applied again for a visa to the UK, it was refused based on the fact that I stayed for 3 months. They also said in the refusal letter that I should state why I asked for 3 months and to provide evidence that my employer was...
I understand that, and it makes sense, but it does seem like some people get tripped up: they apply for the visa with a 2 week itinerary, get issued a 6-month visa, so they say "hey that sounds great" and extend their trip, and then they're penalized for it when they apply again
"don't change your trip from what you had in your visa application" is not a rule some people are aware of, at least until they learn it the hard way (and some countries really don't care)
@JonathanReez The more pressing question is whether we need to open up new mod positions, it's not like new mods really need to take anyone's place.
On the other hand, we now have many more high-rep contributors than a few years back so it seems deletions and the like are handled much more smoothly (there was a time when mods would step in to close questions in a timely fashion, which is completely unnecessary today).
What's left for them to do? Question fusion? Flag on comments?
@Willeke Yes, it does :)
One more detail, regarding helicopters: Usually it's down to the size of the ship
The heaviest ore carriers or tankers need a pilot something like 60 km out and often the pilot will come on board by helicopter
Meanwhile for smaller ships, there is a rendez-vous point where pilots go with a speed boat
I think for Rotterdam for example there are two pre-defined rendez-vous points
(and also designated routes and waiting areas so it's really much like a road network as you say)
OK, it's actually three rendez-vous point
And the captain can request an helicopter to save time, the company simply pays for it, it's between €2000 and €4000 extra