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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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« Reply #20 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”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705616

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):

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2785352

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2506412

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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784930

Imabari Hiroshima 2575:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784799

“Milano Bridge”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784474

“Maduridu Buriji”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784735

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2785358

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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784731

And so was that big pink/magenta ship:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784739

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.
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2017, 03:34:09 am »

Hi Vlad,

Great report and photos in good weather with big new ships as always.

It will be a busy next year for me to go around those areas, because new container ships will come from Kure(ONE), Mihara(Yang Ming), Marugame(EVERGREEN),Saijo(EVERGREEN),Imabari(EVERGREEN, not big one but feeder).

I hope you will do the good job and may happen to meet in Japan.






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« Reply #22 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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2784779

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”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786156

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”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786185

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786182

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

“Belle Etoile”:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786170

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2785866

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2785873

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786167


http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786165
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2786172

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2785048


And, that was all for this time.  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2018, 01:01:12 pm »

Thanks for the informative report
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2018, 02:05:34 pm »

Vlad....
Great travel log...!
Your experiences in Japan substantial. You manage to cover a lot of territory in a short period of time. It reminded me of some of mine years gone by. Decades ago (1980) I visited Japan riding the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Fukuoka (Hakata Station)-Island of Kyushu. Stayed in Ryokan's various places on the Island (Beppu/Miyazaki/Kagoshima, etc.). Back in the day (era of print film /slides) it was expensive to process photos, etc. Now, most of my stuff somewhat deteriorated. However, still Have a some old prints and Kodachromes (in carousels) stashed somewhere in the house. Must find them and see if anything of interest worth converting..?
Enjoy looking at your uploads from your side of the globe.
Brgds....
Andre
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