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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2017, 11:31:43 am »

Thanks, victor radio74. And now, continuing with Day 2 of my trip.

So, on to the ferry "Ritsurin II" to Kobe. The trip takes almost 5 hours (with one stop at Shodoshima island), but there is always something to be seen, as there is constant traffic in Seto Inland Sea.

Like RO-Ros...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714909

...ferries...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714599

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714915

...small tankers...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714912

...and, as Akashi Strait approaches and it gets late, there are some more ferries going west from Osaka and Kobe:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714603

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714605

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714608

And that was that for Day 2.
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2017, 12:14:33 pm »

In the morning of Day 3 I've decided to take a cab south to Aioi Bay, to see if the big old ferries usually parked at IHI shipyard were still there.

The old "Suisen" (IMO No. 9116278) was, and so was the state operated "Hakuou", but there was also one "new" baby:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714963

Then I took a train to Kyoto, and then to Maizuru, for its shipyard and the naval base.

On Google Earth the area seemed a bit off limits, but the actual situation was much better. Also, even if it was scorching hot, the rain was always threatening, but I managed to be a step ahead.

First, one fishery patrol vessel:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714968

Then, a large auxiliary for the Japanese Navy:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714974

There were also bulkers fitting out at the local JMU shipyard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714977

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714978

The train ride from Kyoto to Maizuru and back is very interesting in its own way, as the scenery is fascinating. Anyway, that was it for Day 3.
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2017, 12:34:15 am »

On the fourth and final day of my trip I've decided to take a ferry from Himeji to Fukuda on Shodoshima island, in order to check out Himeji port, and to see whatever traffic along the way.

This was the ferry I took:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714584

...and these were ferries of the same company, "Shikoku Ferry", seen along the way:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714586

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714590

The route gives a chance to glimpse the gas terminal, with whatever tanker that happens to be there:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714995

There were also some ships at anchor near the route:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714993

But, the best catch was the ferry "Hakuou", presently in Japanese government service, which I saw only a couple of days before berthed at Aioi, and thought that she was just languishing there. Now, however, she presented herself in her full glory:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714091

And that was it.

I got back to Himeji with some time to spare before my flight back, so the plan was to go to Akashi bridge again to see the traffic; failure to verify the shinkansen timetable from Himeji station made sure that this plan did not materialize. Smiley

I took 3,200+ photos (not all of them ships related, obviously), so the ones I've uploaded here make 1 percent of the total number, something of a "concentrate" of my trip.

Thanks for your attention!
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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2017, 02:52:00 am »

Wonderful Collection Grin
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2017, 11:57:47 am »

I'm jealous and happy for you. I'd love to be able to travel around the world and get paid for it. Really nice collection of lovely images.
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