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Trip reports / A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 05:57:32 AM »
Hello everybody,

This is the report of my latest ship spotting trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, that took me to locations from Nagasaki and Sasebo in Western Kyushu to Kobe and many places in between. As always, the main means of travel was train, with some buses, taxicabs and ferries included in the mix.

This was the first time that I have fully used the 7-days Sanyo-Sanin-Northern Kyushu rail pass (other times I would have days remaining), and I have exploited it mercilessly, getting good value for my coin. It was useful that this pass allowed for an unrestricted travel on the fastest Shinkansen trains, giving me more options in case of sudden changes of plans, and there were some.

The first day saw me arriving at Fukuoka and traveling to Nagasaki, ready to hit the port first thing in the morning, only to learn that the local weather forecast for tomorrow was raining cats and dogs.

So, I quickly decided to move to the first place where the forecast was less severe, and it was Aioi in Hyogo Prefecture, more than 600 km away, but still within the reach thanks to the rail pass ticket.

Aioi has a picturesque bay that has JMU yard in it, plus it’s sometimes used for long-term storage of large ferries, like this one:

Or these:

This time, however, it was devoid of any activity, so I moved on to my alternative target of Mizushima, with its Sanoyas shipyard. This was my first time visiting the location, and I only knew that there was a park overlooking the entrance to the bay that offered a decent view. Taxi driver spent a lot of time trying to figure out my intentions, but eventually delivered me close enough to my desired spot. Not knowing the amount of time I would spend there, I was un-smart enough to let him go, resulting in me walking back to the train station for 1 hour in driving rain.
Anyway, the only result was this Japan Coast Guard vessel:

The results for the second day were decidedly minimal, but I had better hopes for the next day, as the forecast for Nagasaki and Sasebo was excellent.

To be continued…

Hello all,

In my previous, happier times I would go on a tour around local shipyards in Korea, which would take a whole 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, from product tankers to ultra-large ore carriers or container vessels.

Now, there

Shipping News and information / The curious case of the "Talent Ace"
« on: April 14, 2021, 03:18:59 AM »
Hello all,

I've uploaded the photo of this vessel at a breaking yard in Mokpo, South Korea:

There's also a brief description of what she was involved with.

Some details of her case can be found starting from the page 189 of the UN Security Council report:

And I am uploading a photo of her stern (not to hog the photo section of the site) here. It's visible how they did a half-a$$ed job of marking the "new" (and official!) IMO number (which was marked "correctly" in her engine room), ending up with "8973873" and not "8793873". Her other previous markings are also quite visible. How the wanted to get away with it is beyond me...

Shipping News and information / "MSC Lirica" on fire off Corfu
« on: March 12, 2021, 02:12:09 PM »
Here you go:

I'd say there'll be rumors of many unsavory things, as in times without paying passengers insurance pays better...

Site related news, functions and modules / Ship spotting after 2020
« on: November 25, 2020, 11:58:09 PM »
Hello all,

I know that 2020 has made it feel that the world's coming to an end, but still there should be some future to consider.

At present, all relevant categories are for "Ships built 2010-2020" or so; soon, we'll have to add the next time bracket.

I hope the people in charge are on top of this. :)



Shipping News and information / "New Diamond" on fire off Sri Lanka
« on: September 03, 2020, 01:01:19 PM »

Another not so good news. So far, her cargo does not look affected, but the rescuers better hurry if they want to keep it that way.

"New Diamond" on


There was a powerful typhoon in this area. Anyway, hoping for the best, expecting the worst.

"Gulf Livestock 1" on

Looks like this will be the end of USS Bonhomme Richard. No casualties, so at least that's the good news.

You've heard it here first...

"Milano Bridge" (IMO No. 9757187) collided with three gantry cranes today around 15.50 local time as she arrived at Busan New Port, managing to completely destroy one of them. Crane operator escaped with minor injuries only; berthed container vessel "Seaspan Ganges" also received minor damage from the contact with the culprit.

Trip reports / My latest trip to Japan
« on: March 10, 2020, 02:33:29 AM »
Time to report on my recent trip to Japan, just like I did before.

I had a pretty clear idea that the recent virus outbreak may foil my plans if I waited any longer, and it almost happened: I

Shipping News and information / Stolt Groenland explosion at Ulsan port
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:45:53 AM »
"Stolt Groenland" exploded this morning about 10.30 LT at Ulsan port in South Korea. Available car camera footage show an explosion worthy of Michael Bay Holywood blockbusters, and I can make bad jokes because there are no fatalities reported, which is a real miracle.

As of now, half of the port is covered in smoke.

Photos, soon.

Serious incident involving the vehicle carrier "Golden Ray", situation still developing.

Vessel has practically capsized, 4 crew members unaccounted for.

"Golden Ray", IMO 9775816, here on


Photo of the "Hableany" on site:

I have a photo of this vessel, but will not upload it to scavenge for hits using tragedies (although I am not immune to that.)

Trip reports / New trip to Japan
« on: March 05, 2019, 05:58:34 AM »
Last Friday was holiday here in Korea, so I thought about dropping by some Japanese yards to se whatever was going on there...

I started from Sasebo, to see the shipyards in Sasebo and on the nearby island of Oshima, proceeding to Nagasaki and its two Mitsubishi yards, followed by Ariake shipyard near Kumamoto. This was day one.

Day two started with the already well rehearsed ferry trip from Onomichi to Tsuneishi, then to Aki-Saizaki near Mihara, and then Kure with its JMU shipyard and those pink/magenta container babies.

Day three took me to Imabari, Marugame, Sakaide and Takamatsu, followed by a ferry ride to Kobe and a quick Shinkansen dash back to Kokura.

Day four was Kanmon Strait in the morning, and then a train trip to see a small yard near Oita.

Some of the photos I took are alreary uploaded here, but I will continue with a more detailed description. By the time I finish, I should be past my 5000th photo here on this site.

So, to be continued...

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