Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yellow Ships

Corsica Sardinia ferry, boat, Porto Mediceo, LivornoBoth the main companies operating ferries from the port of Livorno to Corsica and Sardina, feel the need to be easily recognized. We have already seen many times that “Moby Lines” has Looney Tunes cartoons painted on the sides of its ferries. “Corsica Ferries” has bright yellow hulls, so yellow that they can change the color of the water around them.Corsica Express Seconda, Porto Mediceo, LivornoOne of the jewels of this company, and a favorite of mine, is the “Corsica Express Seconda”. This is an high speed craft which can do Livorno-Bastia in two hours, with an average speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 37 knots.Mega Express Three, Porto Mediceo, LivornoA boat of students of the “Technical Nautical Institute” is passing by, while the “Mega Express Three” is doing a test run on some of her lifeboats.

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20 comments:

James said...

I like the Corsica Express Seconda too. I wonder if they charge the same. They sure stand out.
Very interesting and nice pictures.

Per Stromsjo said...

A distinctive trademark.

Probably not very environmentally friendly though, these high speed crafts. Then again, they'd not be much of a problem when compared to airplanes.

Yoork said...

Wow, that first photo is really cool. It too me a while to figure out what I was looking at!

Jacob said...

I looked at the first photo, wondering what in the world I was looking at...

Amazing colors. And I've never seen a ferry such as the Corsica Express Seconda! It's beautiful...can't believe it's that fast!

Great shots, VP!

brattcat said...

I agree with the comments about that first shot. It really draws you in to the mystery of the yellow background. And your words reveal the answer slowly and slyly. Nicely done.

JM said...

What a contrast on the first photo! Great capture, I love this shot!

Nori said...

↑ Fine imagination!

joo said...

The last photo is superb - I love the view of this small boat against the huge ferry!

B SQUARED said...

Certainly adds a lot of color to the harbor.

Antjas said...

You continue to show us so many fascinating boats and educate us on their importance. Do you work in the shipping/ferry industry? You seem to have a bird's eye view and a vast knowledge of the goings on along the waterfront.

Vogon Poet said...

@ Antjas - The last time I took a ferry in Livorno was 27 years ago and I have no connection with anything maritime, if not as a lazy spotter.
In few minutes I can easily walk to the relative quiet of the harbor, in a city overwhelmed by cars and noisy scooters and with no serious parks. Photos are a by-product...

Frank said...

I love all the shipping and boat traffic that your area is so well known for. The first photo is very cool but there is always something unbelievable about seeing the underside of a large ship. Great shots!

cieldequimper said...

The first photo is absolutely amazing.

Cezar and Léia said...

All of them are fabulous but the first one ... hummm my heart bits fast for that romantic scenery!
Wonderful post!
Léia

Halcyon said...

Wish I was in Corsica right now!

When does the boat from Jackson leave? ;)

tapirgal said...

These are all wonderful! I've never seen such yellow big ships. One of our pilot boats is "screaming yellow," but I don't see that one very often. I love the blended colors in the first pic. Did you ever ride on that ferry?

Daily Chicago Photo said...

The first photo is great. I, too, had to think for a while to figure out what the background was.

I'm doing a little catching up -- I really enjoyed your photos of Villa Regina - such a contrast there from the entrance to the quirky pink mural.

Also liked your series on the night festival.

ellievellie said...

The yellow ship as a background is genius! I saw the first one - and I thought - Why did he color the water yellow - then I saw the title - and surprise - you just captured the fact - I had a lot of fun with this series!

m_m said...

The first photo is awesome!

Per Stromsjo said...

And a very good by-product too.