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 on: Yesterday at 11:54:01 am 
Started by lappino - Last post by Phil English
I must have known something, Vlad, as I wasn't too far wrong :-)

My shipspotting is largely confined to cruises these days. Most of my time I sit here in an office of a large shipping services company, researching and compiling maritime data, some of which (in an indirect way) is provided by class surveyors!


 on: Yesterday at 11:22:13 am 
Started by lappino - Last post by lappino
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



 on: Yesterday at 10:55:14 am 
Started by lappino - Last post by Phil English

Many thanks for your wonderful photos from Japan. I had always assumed that your shipspotting was a by-product of business trips made to Japan and Korea where you are perhaps a class surveyor or newbuilding supervisor. Seems I am wrong on that score!

Anyway, as well as being good photos, they are tremendously informative and help no end in my very real business of tying up ship names to hull numbers and IMO numbers. Keep up the fanstastic work!


 on: Yesterday at 08:37:00 am 
Started by Brent - Last post by Brent
With their service realignment to the West Coast USA, Hamburg-sud will no longer be calling direct at Suva but will offer service on the Neptune Pacific vessels Capitaine Cook and Capitaine Dampier, the extra cargo perhaps why the Capitaine Wallis is added. The Seaspan Hamburg is also joining the USA service for Hapag-Lloyd, which sees the Balao and BSL Limassol now removed from the schedule as is Cap Pasado, replaced by Melina swapping services.
On Maersks Southern Star Asia service, The remaining 4,500TEU "L" Maersks will be replaced by the 5,900 TEU sisters Rio de la Plata from December, then Rio Madeira, Rio Negro and finally Rio Bravo in mid Januray, joining the previously mentioned Rio de Janeiro.

 on: Yesterday at 08:15:20 am 
Started by lappino - Last post by lappino
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…

 on: Yesterday at 07:54:03 am 
Started by lappino - Last post by lappino
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…

 on: October 16, 2018, 08:00:13 pm 
Started by Brent - Last post by Stephen Chester
Capitaine Wallis IMO 9167447, ex Southern Pearl is to join the PDL/Neptune Shipping schedule between Auckland/Tauranga and Fiji. This will bring it to a 3 ship operation along with Capitaine Cook and Capitaine Dampier.
Capitaine Tasman IMO 9354533 is due to replace Capitaine Cook later in the year. She has been anchored off Rotterdam for several months now.

 on: October 16, 2018, 01:49:50 pm 
Started by Geir Vinnes - Last post by Geir Vinnes
ONE set for a singularly awful first year with $600m loss :

 on: October 16, 2018, 09:28:39 am 
Started by Ship's Cat - Last post by maurice voss
IMO 9728693 GENER8 NAUTILUS renamed ALBORAN Liberia
IMO 9739501 GENER8 PERSEUS renamed ANDAMAN Liberia
IMO 9322279 GENER8 HERCULES renamed DALMA Liberia
IMO 9723071 GENER8 ATHENA renamed DIA Liberia
IMO 9730086 GENER8 HECTOR renamed HERON Liberia 
IMO 9336983 GENER8 ST NIKOLAS renamed SAPPHIRA Belgium

 on: October 15, 2018, 01:08:45 pm 
Started by Ship's Cat - Last post by Aleksi Lindström
General cargo ship NEMUNA, IMO 9179361 - renamed AAVA VG
General cargo ship VISURGIS, IMO 9155975 - renamed LOTTA VG

Both sold to Finnish Meriaura Group (VG-Shipping Oy).

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