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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese Ship Names on: November 14, 2018, 12:19:00 am
Hi Marc,

In this case, a photo of the entire vessel would also help. Smiley

Now, there's a question of the name (which is correct as you put it, TENYUU), but there's also the way this name is entered in AIS. And Japanese names are often entered in AIS without double letters (Osaka, for instance, although the correct way would be OOsaka).

So, here's the same situation: the name of this small pusher tug (right? Wink ) is "Tenyuu 2", but AIS shows "Tenyu 2".


2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese Ship Names on: November 12, 2018, 12:15:42 am
Hi Marc,

Just post them here, I am sure that there will be people willing to help. I've "identified" the one you linked in your post, btw.

If you have a name written in "proper" Japanese characters (kanji), and not the "letters" (hiragana or katakana, which are much easier to decypher!), you could try this site:

You can draw the character there as you see it (just make sure you tick the "ignore stroke order"), and then paste the result in google. This is how I deal with the identification of Japanese kanji names; this is how I got the "Kamikawa Maru". Smiley

For hiragana letters, try this:


3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Marine Investigation Report (Person overboard) on: November 08, 2018, 03:50:26 am
Thanks for sharing, Jack.

Lessons to be learned here.


4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: November 02, 2018, 04:17:20 am
Thanks for your standard excellent work, Robbie.

I see container ships are starting to pick up...


5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Member Jadran on: October 29, 2018, 01:03:47 am
Rest in peace, dear Jadran. I had hopes until the very end.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Another trip to Japan on: October 17, 2018, 01:54:00 pm
So, let's finish the story of my Japan trip.

After checking out the ships at Marugame, I took a train back to the mainland (I call Honshu island "mainland", as the other main Japanese islands are smaller) to see the gas carriers under construction at Kawasaki Sakaide shipyard:

Then I returned back to Takamatsu on the Shikoku island, a busy ferry port with plenty of ship spotting opportunities:

(OK, that one was taken last year.)

I took a ferry to Uno, to see if I could catch any traffic during the crossing. There was not a lot of that, just maybe this one:

...but I got to see the new reefers fitting out at Takamatsu Dockyard:

Then I added another shipyard to my Japan database, Mitsui in Tamano, with some navy refits, as well as some bulk carriers:

Then I took a bullet train back to Kokura, and then a local train to Moji, of Kanmon Strait fame:

And that was it, a train to Fukuoka, and a short flight back to Korea.

Thanks for your attention! Smiley
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Another trip to Japan on: October 17, 2018, 11:22:13 am
Thank you for your kind words, Phil.

As a matter of fact, I am a class surveyor currently working on newbuilding projects in Korea, and my job did get me on some business trips that would otherwise be very difficult to arrange (like that one 4 years ago, when I went to Bangladesh), but my shipspotting hobby is a passion in itself. You could say that it started as a byproduct of my work, but then expanded far beyond.
So, I usually go to Japan (or some much more distant destination) on my own time and money... Smiley


8  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Another trip to Japan on: October 17, 2018, 08:15:20 am
Then I took another ferry from Okunoshima back to mainland, the small place of Tadanoumi, where I was supposed to take a train back to Mihara again, to catch a bullet train to Hiroshima. My trip was very tightly scheduled, so it almost fell apart when I realized that there were no trains running on the coastal line, and buses were used instead; their schedule, however, threatened to derail my plan for the rest of the day. So, I took a cab for a nearby “active” train station, and arrived in Hiroshima on time to get to its port and take a ferry to Kure.
Again, the main reason was to see those pink/magenta container ships under construction at Japan Marine United (JMU) shipyard in Kure:

Then I was at the mercy of those buses substituting for trains along the coastal Hiro – Mihara line, for I wanted to get to Yasuura, where I heard there were old Japanese concrete ships used as a breakwater. I arrived very late, so the light was not good (at the end of otherwise perfectly sunny day), and this was the best I could do:

Then it was already night, and I continued by bus to Mihara, followed by a bullet train To Okayama, and another train to the island of Shikoku, where my first place of interest was the town of Marugame, with its Imabari shipyard building ULCVs for Evergreen.

So, the next morning I had a good light to take some photos of another green behemoth, like this one:

And there was also a bulk carrier for K Line:

To be continued…
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Another trip to Japan on: October 17, 2018, 07:54:03 am
Greetings to all,

These are some notes from my short recent trip to Japan.

This is an example what can be accomplished (ship spotting wise) during a two day trip to Japan.
The starting point was Mihara, a town in Hiroshima prefecture, accessible from Fukuoka (where I arrived by plane from Korea) by a bullet train. I bought a five-day JR rail pass ticket for the area I was interested in (the price of about 120 US$ is more than acceptable, even if I only got to use it for less than 48 hours). I have arrived at night, so the first thing to take care of was to spend the night in a cheap hotel, booked online for a whopping 40 US$.
Then, the next morning a took a local train for a short ride to Onomichi, the starting point of a ferry ride to Tsuneishi shipyard in Fukuyama. Onomichi itself is the home of Mukaishima Dock shipyard, where I noticed this weird floating object:

For the trip to Tsuneishi, I took this ferry:

While Mukaishima is mostly involved in ship repairs, Onomichi Dockyard builds more serious ships:

Tsuneishi shipyard was not too busy; here’s an example of a bulk carrier under construction there:

Then I took a bus to Matsunaga station, followed by a train back to Mihara, where I took a fast boat to Okunoshima, the rabbit island. It was not for the rabbits, but for the opportunity to see the ships under construction at Imabari shipyard in Aki-Saizaki west of Mihara. There were three 14.000 TEU container vessels for Yang Ming fitting out there:

To be continued…
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Marine Traffic no more full size pictures? on: October 09, 2018, 01:57:33 pm
Just opened a photo on MT in full screen. And then another one. So, no problem for me.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: October 04, 2018, 11:17:36 pm
Thanks for your great job, Robbie!


12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: British Columbia: concrete hulks of Powell River and then some on: October 02, 2018, 02:25:32 am
Continuing with the Powell River breakwater concrete ship hulks...

6. John Smeaton:

7. Thaddeus Merriman:

8. L. J. Vicat:

9. Armand Considere:

Overall view, as taken from the ferry to Vancouver Island:

I was not clever enough to try to take a picture of the breakwater from the area of the paper mill, however. The original plan was to spend the night at Powell River, and use the early morning sun to get the picture of the breakwater, but it was quickly changed (after buying some significant quantity of maritime books in the local used books stores) in order to  catch a ferry to Vancouver Island, and go to Victoria. Now, whenever I have sudden change of plans, I have this "final destination" state of mind, when I realize that I may end up where I was not supposed to be, with all sorts of possible consequences. Smiley The consequence in this case was "doe, a deer, a female deer" standing in the middle of the highway 19, a proverbial "deer in the headlights". The resulting incident derailed my plans to continue to Victoria, as I did not feel too safe driving a car with no forward port side turn signal, so I took a ferry from Nanaimo back to Horseshoe Bay, and then proceeded to the airport to get me a new rental car. "First time to take a life?" asked me the rental clerk... Smiley

My mission in Canada was fulfilled anyway, so I had a beautiful day to spend in Vancouver, spotting ships around the harbour, like this one here:

...and that's it, thanks for your attention.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: British Columbia: concrete hulks of Powell River and then some on: October 02, 2018, 12:07:47 am
So, on to the Powell River breakwater...

I have contacted their tourism office before my trip, and they assured me that organizing a boat trip to the hulks would present no problem whatsoever (the breakwater is some 2 km north of the Powell River harbor). But the end of September is already a "low season" time of the year, as I discovered when I asked around in the search of my maritime transportation. After checking out several places, all I got was information where to ask next, but at one fishing store I ran into a gentleman willing to take me to the hulks for a very reasonable price.

So, the breakwater. It was put in place in the late nineteen forties, to protect the logging pond of the Powell River Company pulp and paper mill. Concrete ships were used (I understand because nobody wanted them anymore back then, and they were dirt cheap), appropriately ballasted for stability in case of heavy weather. There were 10 ships not long ago, until one of them (the barge YOGN-82) was sunk to create an artificial reef.

Going from south to north, these are the remaining ships (I put more info on them with the photos linked here):

1. S.S. Peralta, oil tanker, the largest concrete ship still afloat, and also the last surviving concrete ship of the WW1 design:

2. The barge "Quartz":

3. Emile N. Vidal:

4. Henri Le Chatelier:

5. P. M. Anderson: be continued...
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / British Columbia: concrete hulks of Powell River and then some on: October 01, 2018, 02:34:38 pm
Greetings to all,

Just as I have announced earlier, here:,16319.msg86658.html#new

I went for a rather short (time wise, definitely not distance wise) trip to Canada, to see the concrete hulks that still form a breakwater at Powell River, Sunshine Coast. Of course, being near Vancouver, there were always other sweet opportunities for a dedicated ship spotter.

I arrived around noon on Tuesday, and immediately proceeded to check on my old acquaintance, derelict ferry "Queen of Sidney" which, by the way, did not look like she deteriorated significantly from the last time I saw her in May 2015:

After experiencing a trademark Vancouver evening rush hour, I've spent the night at North Vancouver, closer to Horseshoe Bay, the starting point of a ferry ride to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast. Then some 54 km to Earls Cove, and another ferry ride. The ferry in question was this one:

There was also this old Sietas built freighter at Earls Cove:

Then, the final 30 or so kilometer stretch of road to Powell River, and the main purpose of my trip, the concrete hulks that make what is considered the world’s largest floating breakwater.

...To be continued...
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Concrete Ships in BC: The Powell River Floating Breakwater on: September 27, 2018, 05:52:06 am
Here's an update.

Found a boater willing to take me to the hulks.

There'll be more of those. Smiley

On a different note, the deer is dead, and the rental car is damaged. But not immobilized, and not dangerous to drive, as ascertained by the RCMP.

So, the trip will go on. Smiley
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