While in Onomichi, I was able to see something interesting, the changing ownership of a ship. On the second day I was in Onomichi, I was able to see the Naoshima come in and dock near the Onomichi U2. Since I had a lot of time, I just hung out on the wharf having a couple beers as I had a couple hours before I could check into my hotel. It was and interesting situation to watch.
When I arrived at the Naoshima II, it had just docked and they were securing the lines to the port. I also saw a few people on the bridge but they didn’t look Japanese. I thought this looked strange as it also looked like they were showing them how to pilot the boat. It turned out that is exactly what they were doing.
A few minutes later, I noticed a lot of Indonesians coming out of Onomichi U2. I wouldn’t have known they are Indonesian except that one of them was an engineer and his hardhat had the Indonesian flag on it. The women also gave it away as a few of them had a hijab on. While the hijab would only suggest SE Asian, the flag on the engineer’s hardhat was the dead giveaway.
As I headed out for dinner, I noticed they changed the name of the boat. The Naoshima II was definitely changing hands. The new Indonesian owners called it Naraya and from what I could tell, it would be plying the waters somewhere in Indonesia, probably the main island. I had no information on it as the last reported location was off the coast of Taiwan a few days after my trip to Onomichi.
The ship is a beautiful ship and brought back a lot of memories of me going to Naoshima. The Naoshima II used to ply the waters between Takamatsu, Naoshima, and Uno. I hope she will have a wonderful second life in Indonesia and that she will help people get to their destinations.
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