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It is interesting to study the history of the ships that drive cars now and the ships you know. Today, I would like to talk about the HANSUNG ship.


RO-RO (Roll on-Roll off), that is, the cars themselves call in and leave.

IMO (International Maritime Organization) - unique vessel identifier: 8513390

DWT (deadweight value equal to the sum of the mass of the ship’s cargo, measured in tons, that is, the sum of the mass of the payload transported by the ship, the mass of fuel, oil, industrial and drinking water) - 3.611 tons

Length - 96.91 meters, width - 20.00 meters, draft - 5.95 meters.

The number of passenger cars -484 cars (on the deck-56 cars)

The number of accommodated trucks is 94 cars (on the deck, 18 cars)

The crew of the vessel is 20-21 people

The ship was made in 1985, at one of the oldest shipyards in Japan, - SHIN KURUSHIMA HIROSHIMA DOCKYARD

Shipyard website:

Promotional video for the Shin Kurushima shipyard:

So in Japan it was born, this ship and its first owner in 1987 became the Japanese company Arimura Sangyo K.K. , and the ship itself was named JUPITER ACE.

After that, the vessel JUPITER ACE, the name and owners changed several times:

1997 - title - EMERALD 2 - owner of Kambara Kisen

1997 name-NIKKO N2 - owner of Mibae Shosen

2000 Name-CEBU ROSA - Owner of RCL Shipmanagement Pte Ltd

2008 - title - ASIAN JUPITER - owner of Jupiter Navigation SA

As you can see, until 2011, the owners of this vessel were Japanese companies. Only in 2012, the ship is acquired by the Russian company INDERTON LTD S.A

They called the ship "Iman", maybe by the name of the former, the city of Iman (now Dalnerechinsk), or by the name of the river Iman ("Big Ussurka"). Iman translated from Arabic "Soul", a beautiful name.

The vessel was repainted in red.

So since 2012, the ship Iman, began to go to Japan for cars. So it would have gone, the ship to Japan, under its old name, if there had not been a misfortune in 2017.

The international press called one of Iman’s flights in 2017 “Cursed Flight”.

First there was a kill on the ship:

"Japanese police detained a Russian suspected of involvement in the death of sailor Vadim Rakitin, RIA Novosti reported with reference to Dmitry Ivanov, vice consul of the Russian Consulate General in Niigata.
"The police detained a worker involved in loading and unloading cars on suspicion of murder," Ivanov told the agency. According to him, the man, along with the Russian sailor, on the eve of the murder "drank together, didn’t share something and such a situation arose." A worker may be held in custody for three periods of ten days. If charged, he is entitled to a Japanese lawyer. 

Rakitin on Sunday, November 12, was found dead with traces of blood on his face in a cabin on the Iman vessel in the port of Imizu of the Japanese Toyama Prefecture. The vessel arrived in Imizu on November 10 from Vladivostok and was then supposed to transport a batch of used cars. According to the coast guard, his crew consisted of 22 Russians. According to the vice consul, the diplomatic department is supporting them and the relatives of the deceased. It also works to repatriate the body. ”

Then the ship’s engine and boiler compartment caught fire: “On the Iman car carrier going to Vladivostok, there was a fire in the engine and boiler room.

On the ship "Iman", sailing from the Japanese port of Toyama to Vladivostok with a load of used cars, there was a fire. This was reported by Vesti Primorye with reference to the Vladivostok marine rescue coordination center. The fire occurred in the engine room when the ship was about 210 miles from the port. - The ship's crew sealed the engine room. He launched a volumetric fire extinguishing system, the outbreak was localized. Fire extinguished. There are no injuries. There is no environmental pollution. There is no threat to the crew’s life, ”said Nikolai Pirozhkov, head of the Vladivostok Naval Rescue Coordination Center.

According to him, the ship is now not underway and is in drift. To help him sent the tug "Neftegaz-55" from Vladivostok. "

Apparently after these events, the ship was renamed to Hansung (the second name of the capital of South Korea, Seoul).

Why is the Korean name? I don’t presume to say that maybe something is connected with investments.

Former Japanese with a Korean name HANSUNG and to this day successfully transports cars from Japan to Russia.


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