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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:ESTRELLAAdded:Dec 01, 2016
Captured:July 09, 2016IMO:UnavailableHits:1,238
Location:Busan, Korea (South)
Photo Category: Special Purpose Vessels
Now for some "Investigative ship spotting"... :)

In the nineties, there was an amusement park on the coast between Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, part of which was this "amusement barge" by the name of "Estrella". Or, better to quote the US National Academy of Sciences:


A unique floating amusement complex, ESTRELLA, modelled on the Costa del Sol in Spain has been completed by IHI for Kure Portopialand. The park is located in Kure City about 18 km east from Hiroshima City and was opened to the public on March 20, 1992. ESTRELLA resembles a luxurious passenger ship and has various leisure facilities such as an open event stage for 2 000 spectators, a cinema, an electric game centre, an exhibition hall and restaurants. This is the first floating steel structure newly built at a shipyard satisfying both the Ship Safety Law and the Building Standards Law of Japan."

OK. That was then. I didn't really look too hard, but I found only bits and pieces of any visual proof of this barge actually on the spot. But "Kure Portopia Land", even as the train station is still there, doesn't look anything like it was advertised. The venue was a business failure, not the first, not the last one.
Now we enter the rumors zone. And rumors say that the "Estrella" was bought by some Korean company, at the turn of the century but, during the first positioning of the barge, it managed to destroy an underwater cable, with resulting lawsuit and whatnot.
So here we are, this structure has been shifting around Busan for the last 15 years or so. This photo shows her "parked" at Busan old International Ferry Terminal. Her future is...uncertain.
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Pilot Frans on Jun 28, 2018 14:33 (2 years ago)
very strange vessel/barge indeed
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