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« 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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814241

Onomichi Dockyard had some newbuildings in various stages of completion:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814282

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814279

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814258

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814284

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814286

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.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813830

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814156

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814304

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814295

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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814158

And, of course, those smart looking Japanese coasters:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814302

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813857

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813845

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.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813854

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.

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« Reply #1 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.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813863

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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814684

One tanker was at the outfitting pier nearby:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814251

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.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813882

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814581

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814700

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814690

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814692

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814694

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814696





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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814688

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

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814704

…and this JMSDF helicopter carrier:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814707

Then, there was this training ship at Sasebo port:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814702

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:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2813868

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2814709

Thank you for your attention! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 05:40:29 am »

That's great Mr Vlad
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 06:53:14 am »

Is the SPP closure permanent or are the yards mothballed for better times?
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« Reply #4 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..."
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018, 08:31:48 pm »

Thanks Vlad, obviously these relative newcomers in Korean shipbuilding did not get the suppport that the big three (Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung) always seem to have enjoyed. STX will also probably go down permanently.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 12:46:09 pm »

Thanks Vlad, obviously these relative newcomers in Korean shipbuilding did not get the suppport that the big three (Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung) always seem to have enjoyed. STX will also probably go down permanently.
I agree with you. I think so too
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