Ship Spotter Spotlight: Senba from Japan

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In 2021, we started to put the spotlight on our passionate ship spotters. Each month, we showcase a different photographer of In February 2023, you’ll meet a maritime enthusiast from Japan (User name: senba) who joined FleetMon in 2020.

What is your maritime background?

I was born in 1973. I live near Tokyo, Japan. I grew up on an island near Tokyo.

When did you start to take photos of vessels?

I startet in 1986.

What is your motivation for being a ship spotter?

I am fascinated by the appearance of the ship going through the sea.

Special Vessel Shot

LNG tanker AL KHARAITIYAT by ship spotter senba.

My favourite photo is that of the LNG tanker AL KHARAITIYAT and Mt. Fuji with snow.

How often are you on tour to shoot vessels?

Several times a month.

Which technical equipment do you use to capture vessel moments?

I use SONY alpha 99ii camera and alpha77ii camera.

Which vessel types do you like to take photos of the most and why?

I like to take photos from merchant ships. Because I like working ships.

How many pictures of different vessels have you collected since you started?

About 5000 vessels.

Where is your favorite ship spotting location so far?

Uraga channel, Japan. Here is a lot of ships coming and going.

Which worldwide ship spotting location would you like to visit if you had the chance to?

Hamburg, Rotterdam and Singapore.

Is there anything you would like to improve when it comes to uploading photos to

Everything works fine, thanks.

(Thank you, Senba!)