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Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 02, 2024, 01:36:21 AM »
After that I took a fast train towards Kokura and then a slower one to Mojiko, to see whatever was going on in Kanmon Straits:

There were also some interesting things to see at the Mitsubishi yard in Shimonoseki:

And that was it.

Thanks for your attention! 😊

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 11:44:03 PM »
Continuing to Takamatsu, there’s a shipyard there, and this was one recently launched bulk carrier:

Takamatsu also has a busy ferry service to and from adjacent islands, but there was nothing readily available to me, so I’ve decided to take the “Jumbo ferry” to Kobe. The ferry was “Ritsurin II”, and inside it looked as if it was going to hit some beach real soon…

Along the way to Kobe it was possible to observe some local traffic:

Next morning I took the harbor cruise in Kobe, famous for its submarine yards (I’ll upload some photos eventually), but here are only “civilian” vessels:

To be continued…

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 12:23:28 PM »
Then it was time to ride the train again, first the fast one to Okayama, and then the "regular" one to Takamatsu, going by the set of huge bridges over Seto Inland Sea. Their metallic construction was always in the way when trying to take some photos of the marine traffic below, but about one in twenty photos was good enough:

Here's a set of photos of a LNG tanker docking at Sakaide LNG terminal:

Large LPG tanker fitting out at Kawasaki yard in Sakaide:

There was another large LNG tanker fitting out nearby, but just as I was about to take its photo, the train decided to suddenly jerk violently to the side, resulting in me spending the next few minutes searching for my teeth on the car floor after getting hit in the face by my own camera... Oh well. :)

Before going to Takamatsu, I had a tiny bit of time to visit Imabari yard at Marugame, and this Maersk vessel's photo was the result of my quick detour:

To be continued...

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 08:43:35 AM »
The morning was beautiful, and the small fast passenger ferry from Imabari to Habu had an open deck, so the (usually wet and non-transparent) window glass was not in the way. These were some of the new vessels photographed at Hakata island:

Approaching Habu, there were some good views of the JMU Innoshima yard:

And the Naikai Innoshima yard:

With some tugs milling around:

Later, taking a different ferry towards Mihara, it was possible to see the Iwagi shipyard on the island of the same name:

I’ve arrived at Mihara ferry terminal in time for the boat ride to Okunoshima (“Rabbit island”), passing by the local Imabari shipyard, but the notice said that all trips were suspended until April. Bummer. So I took a ferry to Setoda on the island of Ikuchi instead, offering me but a very far away look of the Imabari yard:

However, the next (deliciously unplanned) ferry ride to Onomichi passed very close to the local Naikai shipyard:

And past the Mukaishima yard in Onomichi:

To be continued…

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 08:11:51 AM »
I’ve arrived at Matsuyama port with hopes to catch the first available train to Imabari, so instead of taking the tram to the station, I’ve taken the taxi, only to miss the train by a couple of minutes. Oh well. Still, there was enough light available for me to take these photos from Imabari yard at Hashihama:

And the local train connection allowed me to quickly visit the nearby Shin Kurushima shipyard in Onishi, with its new vehicle carriers for MOL:

I had an idea to maybe use the overnight ferry from Matsuyama to Kokura next, specifically this one:

However, it looked like the beginning of March was the scheduled dry docking period for a number of ferries in the are. So I've spend the night in Imabari, in order to take an early morning ferry back to Honshu island, to Mihara via Habu on the island of Innoshima.

To be continued…

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 07:14:45 AM »
Day 4 started with a short train ride to Onomichi (the best kept secret of Japan, as the town is charming!), where I took this ferry to Tsuneishi yard in Fukuyama:

There were some small vessels under construction there being photo taking worthy:

The ferry route passed by the Onomichi Dockyard:

After I missed the bus to the train station, I’ve decided to postpone the trip to the “Rabbit island” of Okunoshima, and go directly to Hiroshima, to take the ferry to Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku, passing by the JMU shipyard in Kure, with its Maersk container vessels:

There was also the nearby shipyard of Kegoya:

… and one classic looking AHTS at Kure port:

Sea passage between Kure and Matsuyama offered potential sightings of the traffic in Seto Inland Sea, but the ships were usually far away, so this photo was among the more decent ones. Also, it started to snow…

To be continued…

Trip reports / Re: A week in Japan
« on: April 01, 2024, 06:52:35 AM »
I had to get up *really* early in the morning to catch my train from Kokura in order to make the connection to the boat in Nagasaki, but the results were a bit better than on the previous day, even though the lighting conditions were not perfect. There were some new guided missile frigates of the Japanese navy (JMSDF) at Mitsubishi shipyard:

… and some new bulk carriers, although photographed with mediocre quality:

This Boeing hydrofoil was a regular scene at Nagasaki ferry terminal:

Then I took a train to Sasebo and the nearby Oshima shipyard, with its mix of cargo and naval vessels:

That was all for Day 3, and I took a train to Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture next.

To be continued…

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 Aleksi,

That's a very interesting subject.

Without going into details, but to answer (some of) your questions: the ships were not delivered with larger specs because they were not designed for larger specs; this is automatically answering the next question, as there are some structural changes that need to be done in order to comply with larger specs. Heavier and "deeper" vessels will also create more drag, and therefore require more power to achieve their specified speed, with all related consequences.



Shipping News and information / Re: Marine Traffic revamp
« on: December 13, 2023, 02:38:24 PM »
Developments of a disquieting nature.*

They've changed the photo uploading page. Even as they still only allow photo uploading one by one, there is no more possibility to keep the data by clicking "Back" and keep uploading other photos. The worst thing is that the map to mark the position of the photo resets to zero after every upload, and the map itself has lost the satellite view option, as if they don't care about the exact spot of the photo.

There's also no more option to write an description/comment to the photo, again, as if they don't care about this information.

* Stephen King, "Jerusalem's Lot"

Site related news, functions and modules / Re: New category.
« on: November 14, 2023, 12:17:48 AM »
The final scenes in the (pretty low cost) TV movie "Sea Beast" were filmed aboard the decommissioned ferry "Queen of Sidney" (IMO No. 5288011).

Shipping News and information / Re: Marine Traffic revamp
« on: November 01, 2023, 11:47:22 PM »
Well, their latest redesign will make my autistic desire to become their top photo uploader a tiny little bit more complicated... :)

Anyway, it's always weird to see something changed after you've been familiar with it for 13+ years.

Rest in peace, Clyde. You were always ready to help, and gave me excellent advice on ship spotting locations around Sydney.

Condolences to his family.

Shipping News and information / Re: Ships sold for scrap
« on: June 29, 2023, 11:35:54 PM »
New report on ship breaking:

Shipping News and information / Re: Ships sold for scrap
« on: February 22, 2023, 03:31:28 PM »
New report on ship scrapping in the second half of the year 2022 now available at

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