An Eagle Ray makes it’s pass as a tug boat patiently waits for a container ship to enter the port of Saipan. I have come to the realization that the shipping industry plays a crucial role around the world. As we live our complex lives, we take for granted the significance and importance of an industry so old and complex.
I was able to tour this baby while it was in port. The MV Asuka II is a cruise ship that was visiting Saipan on its final leg back to Japan.
Matson Mana, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. This ship was recently chartered to transport Matson containers via Guam to Saipan. These man-made structures are amazing to gaze upon due to their size. I question my ability to embark on a long distanced voyage in such a vessel and what situations a crew member would experience (normal and rare occurrences). I imagine being on board while trying to rough out huge swells and how that experience would feel. 20-30 ft waves would make this boat look small out on the open ocean. In the end, Mother Nature always seems to get the best out of us.