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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 06, 2018, 02:37:44 am
South Korea, Firefox. Really annoying.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: June 05, 2018, 02:58:52 am
Thanks for the update, Robbie.

Lean times for ship breakers...


3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: May 24, 2018, 02:52:33 am
Latest report from
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese ship identification on: April 25, 2018, 11:56:19 pm
Thanks, David.

It looks to be under 100 gt, but it puzzles me that it had escaped the scrutiny of other ship spotters in Japan - and usually it looks like no ship is safe from their cameras... Smiley


5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese ship identification on: April 25, 2018, 07:49:08 am
How about this one, David?


6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: April 03, 2018, 04:51:51 am
Thanks for the info, Robbie. Great work as usual. Smiley


7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Collision between Delphis Gdansk and BBC Neptune in the Great Belt Strait on: March 28, 2018, 01:23:19 am
I was notified about this one by a colleague from Denmark; even without ships' names mentioned, I've recognized the "Delphis" class.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MAERSK HONAM on fire in the Arabian Sea on: March 08, 2018, 07:06:01 am
This obviously looks brutal, and had already officially claimed at least one human life:

But, from what can be seen here, the vessel is not in danger neither of sinking, nor of to be declared CTL.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MAERSK HONAM on fire in the Arabian Sea on: March 07, 2018, 07:40:44 am
Available photos are not clear enough, but it looks like her forward part is on fire, including her main accommodation. This will be a major case for the insurers.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan, yet again... on: February 22, 2018, 07:07:35 am
That's a good question. Yards are obviously major industrial facilities that are neither easy nor quick to set up; therefore, infrastructure may remain in place for some time after yard's closing.
As for SPP specifically, their outfitting facility at Tongyeong is completely dismantled (cranes and floating piers are gone); Sacheon and Goseong yards look just mothballed.

It's not like Sungdong, whose block fabrication facility in Masan was mostly eradicated and the area redeveloped, with its 700-ton crane sold for scrapping at a fraction of its original price.

Anyway, the people I mention SPP to tell me just that "it's gone..."
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan, yet again... on: February 21, 2018, 02:42:05 am
Now, day two, starting with morning at Nagasaki, and LNG carrier “Pacific Mimosa” fitting out at Mitsubishi shipyard at Tategami, close to downtown.

Also, one “Costa” cruising vessel was at the cruise ship terminal, but we already have too many of her photos here on this site. So, taxi ride towards Koyagi ward, to look at whatever was going on at Mitsubishi yard there. There were some new LNG carriers of a new design, for DGI and NYK:

One tanker was at the outfitting pier nearby:

Then, a 1.5 hrs bus ride to Sasebo, and a ferry ride to Oshima island, to see the local shipyard.

Let me digress a little bit here. In my previous, happier times I would go on a tour around local shipyards in Korea, which would take a better part of day, to see shipyards in Sacheon (SPP), Tongyeong (SPP x 2, Sungdong, Shin A), Goseong (SPP, STX) and Changwon/Jinhae (STX), with dozens of ships under construction there. Now, there’s (almost) nothing left. All SPPs are closed. Sungdong has nothing going on, as well as STX in Goseong, while STX at Jinhae is barely showing some signs of life. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Japanese shipyards of similar sizes still have orders.

First, a tanker for Minerva fitting out at Sasebo.

Here are the ships I saw at Oshima, starting with overview of the yard:

While I was there, the “Costa Fortuna” was leaving the bay:

Sasebo Bay has always some military vessels at anchor, like this US Navy auxiliary:

…and this JMSDF helicopter carrier:

Then, there was this training ship at Sasebo port:

A bus trip back to Honshu Island, and then early morning train ride to Kanmon Strait, with some usual traffic, like this Sietas built container feeder:

Thank you for your attention! Smiley
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Just booked a cargo cruise with CMA CGM. Advice for a great trip? on: February 20, 2018, 04:25:40 am
Hello there,

Not sure if I can be of much practical experience, but anyway. Couple of times when I was on board of a cargo vessel for a survey, they had paying passengers on board. Every time their relationship with the crew looked very cordial.

I asked just about every captain I've met about his opinion about taking passengers along; few were happy to have them, as it added responsibility. At the same time, following the basic rules should be OK with every crew.

Now, I've seen passengers mostly on general cargo vessels, with their port stays being both longer than the ones of the container vessels, as well as getting closer to towns, as compared to separate container terminals.

Therefore, getting good advice on specific ports/container terminals is key for getting the most out of port stays.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Japan, yet again... on: February 19, 2018, 01:50:19 pm
It was Chinese New Year around my parts, so I had some time to spare, and have decided to make a short trip to Japan.

The itinerary was planned to be Onomichi - Mihara - Kure - Nagasaki - Sasebo - Kanmon Strait, and was completed as planned.

First, a new tug spotted at Onomichi port:

Onomichi Dockyard had some newbuildings in various stages of completion:

Above photos were taken from a ferry to Tsuneishi, where there were also some new ships to be seen:

Then, on to Mihara, only to realize that otherwise ideal boat ride to Okunoshima, that passes by Imabari shipyard operates only on weekends. So, plan B was to take a ferry to Setoda, and then take a cab ride around the island Takaneshima overlooking Imabari shipyard, which was the next best thing, even if a bit expensive one.

There was that usual set of K Line container vessels, together with a glimpse of the first magenta-colored one of Imabari design.

Something lost, something gained: boat trip to Setoda gave me the opportunity to check out whatever was going on at the local Naikai shipyard:

There I also saw one ferry that so far hasn't been seen here on site:

Then, a fast train ride to Hiroshima, followed by a tram to Ujina port, and a ferry ride to Kure, where there are always some vehicle carriers to be seen along the way, like this one:

And, of course, those smart looking Japanese coasters:

New pink/magenta container vessels for ONE were obviously the main reason why I wanted to go to Kure in the first place.

I was so excited to take as many photos as possible of the first magenta one, that I forgot that there was yet another one under construction in a dry dock right next to it; but I remembered to check the other dock, where the "One Aquila" was being assembled.

Then, a train ride back to Hiroshima, followed by a shinkansen to Hakata. My pass ticket covered my trip only to Hakata, so I proceeded to Nagasaki by bus. Where there is no ultra-high-speed train network in Japan, it makes sense to travel by bus, as the prices are roughly half of the train ticket, and travel times are same.

So, this was Day 1. Next day, it was Nagasaki and Sasebo.

14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Maximum Size of Container Vessel on: February 07, 2018, 12:41:39 am


Suex-canal, for instance, is already becoming a real limiting factor.
You effeminately don't want to round the corner at Ismalia with a 500x70 meter boxships, they would all end up against the sand.


Damn you Autocorrect! Smiley

Actually, I didn't know that they will increase the width, I thought they will make the new vessels 1 x 40' bay longer.


15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: February 02, 2018, 12:10:17 am
Great work as usual, Robbie.

I see almost no container vessels, and Chittagong is obviously experiencing a drought...


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