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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Japan, yet again... on: Yesterday at 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.

2  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.


3  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...


4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Past Photo Comments....Where to find them??? on: January 24, 2018, 12:34:43 am
On "My Photos" page, you have "Comments to my photos" and "Comments made by me". The latter one should have all the comments you've ever posted here.


5  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Shipspotting in La Spezia on: January 05, 2018, 12:53:22 am
Hi PerK, I've just came back from La Spezia, will upload some photos a bit later. There's a road going from the Arsenal towards Cinque Terre that offers very nice views of the entire bay, port and naval base included; second half of day is great because of the sunlight.


6  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: December 21, 2017, 03:03:17 am
Thanks, MS3866. Here's Day 2.

Day 2 started with a quick cab ride to a spot opposite Imabari shipyard in Marugame, where the only thing worth seeing was the first 20.000 TEU container carrier for Evergreen:

I am still not sure about the hull number, though.

Then, a train ride to Takamatsu, where local shipyard is building something that I am interested to know more about.

“Baltic Spirit”:

A reefer?

Train ride close to Kawasaki shipyard in Sakaide gave me the opportunity to give an update on LNG tankers under construction there:

“Shinshu Maru”:

“LNG Sakura”, “Marvel Pelican” & “Pacific Breeze”:

Then, a Shinkansen train ride to Kokura, passing by Tokuyama.

“Belle Etoile”:

 Proceeding to Shimonoseki to see whatever was going on in the local Mitsubishi yard.
RO-RO ships and ferries:

And, there’s always traffic to be seen in Kanmon Strait:

And, that was all for this time.  Smiley
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: December 19, 2017, 02:10:32 am
Japan, again.  Grin

Starting from the clarification: a hobby is a hobby only if it does not involve monetary compensation, IMHO.  Smiley

So, I don’t get paid for my ship spotting trips – even if I (obviously) use free time available on my (few and far between) business trips to take photos of ships.
So, on with another 2-day trip to Japan.

I started at Onomichi, taking the ferry to Tsuneishi, to see Onomichi shipyard, as well as Tsuneishi shipyard.

Onomichi shipyard, bulker “Amis Benefit”:

Note that I am going with the photo from 5 months ago; she’s obviously not in a hurry, staying at the exact the same spot, although with a bit shabbier looking hull.

Tsuneishi shipyard, Aframax tanker “Southern *something*” (maybe “Performance”, but I’m not sure):

Maybe the most scenic subject is actually this ferry I took to Tsuneishi, “Momokaze”:

Then, a short train ride to Mihara, where I was supposed to take a ferry to Setoda, and then a cab to Takaneshima island, overlooking Imabari shipyard. That is, until I saw an ad for the “Rabbit Island” Okunoshima. I was not very much into those cute little pests, but I realized that the boat trip to Okunoshima would take me much closer to Imabari shipyard, which was crawling with new K-Line container carriers.

Yard overview:

Imabari Hiroshima 2575:

“Milano Bridge”:

“Maduridu Buriji”:

Just starting her sea trials, there was also “Monaco Bridge”:

Then, ferry to the main coast, where I took the wrong train, which did not take away too much of my short winter daylight time, but was enough for the weather to change when I arrived to Kure, taking a ferry from Hiroshima. So, instead of the sun shining directly on the ships at JMU shipyard, I got something close to a blizzard. Anyway, some “Birds” were still there:

And so was that big pink/magenta ship:

Then, the ferry proceeded to Matsuyama on Shikoku Island, arriving already after dark. A two-hour train ride took me to Marugame, and a hotel with a nice Japanese style hot bath; as this time was not considered the high season, it was possible to get a room for about 50$. So, that was Day 1.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pink Ships to Sail the Seas? on: December 07, 2017, 02:16:02 am

They haven't been paying attention, have they? Wink
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 23500 teu capacity vessels on the horizon on: November 09, 2017, 04:16:36 am
At first I thought that it will be another book keeping game within 400x59 m LxB envelope, now I see that they indeed want to increase the breadth. If so, it will really be the new generation, but then the other things will also have to follow, like crane reach etc...
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 24, 2017, 06:25:02 am
Any news?

In the meantime, immediately upon opening the site, I got reported to my company's IT department for breach of security by visiting malware sites.

This was something I definitely could live without.

However, one hour before that, my home computer did not show any increase in processor activity after visiting the site - and it would jump to 100% immediately yesterday.

So, what's the news? Smiley
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 16, 2017, 02:05:05 am
Simple check: processor usage jumps to 100% as soon as the site opens.

This is theft, you know. Smiley

I am outta here until they sort it out.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Stolen photo on Marine Traffic on: September 25, 2017, 10:26:53 am
Find anything familiar on this page below? Smiley
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 24, 2017, 12:01:03 am

...  One has to keep in mind that rank by rank on a bridge, it would be extreme hard for a lower rank to tell a higher rank,, Hey you screwing up, because if wrong, the future will have a few bumps ahead !!!   

Good point, but this is the very essence of any military culture: once you tell a higher rank he's wrong, you might question an order later on, and that can not happen...
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 21, 2017, 03:45:59 am
Operator of "ALNIC MC", chemical tanker involved in this collision: Stealth Maritime Corporation S.A.

OK, I get it now.

(Not a laughing matter, but I had to, sorry.)
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 21, 2017, 02:18:24 am
USS McCain DDG56 collides with oil tanker off Singapore.

Seriously, what is wrong with them?
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