A very successful cruise ship season, which began when Dawn Princess berthed on October 22, 2008, comes to an end when Millennium makes its eleventh visit tomorrow.
For the past 55 years, conventional cargo ships and later container ships operated or owned by major Japanese companies in the Japan-New Zealand liner trade have been all products of the Japanese shipbuilding industry.
Due yesterday, newcomer ACX Diamond, the vessel that has replaced Hakone in NYK's Japan-New Zealand service, only entered the water when it was launched a year ago tomorrow.
The name Portland Bay is associated with the largest visiting container ship, a vessel whose colourful career saw it make 43 calls here under four names.
Basel, situated on the River Rhine, is Switzerland's second largest city, the capital of the German-speaking canton Basel-Town, the country's largest railway junction and its only river port.
Seldom do we see three tankers arriving at Dunedin within four days of each other.
The first foreign flag tanker to call here this year, the Panama registered STX Ace 7, makes its maiden visit to Dunedin today.
Diamond Princess, in port on Waitangi Day, along with Asuka II and Amadea, both due this week, have something in common.
Since making its first appearance here on December 31, 2000, NYK's 35,309gt, 1786TEU container ship Hakone has become a regular visitor.
Weather conditions last week forced the cancellation of the last cruise ship visit for the season, that of Sapphire Princess.
Visits by two Imabari-built bulk/lumber carriers are of special interest. Third-time visitor TPC Auckland, on a direct voyage from Christmas Island, brought the first shipment of phosphate from there for some time.
Eight down and two to go, with Maersk Damascus joining the seven other 2002-built, 4100teu vessels that have left the New Zealand trade since the end of 2006.
Eight years ago, 10 container ships were built in South Korea for a round-the-world service from the United Kingdom and Europe, out to Australia and New Zealand, via the Suez Canal, then home by way of the Panama Canal and three US east coast ports.
It is certainly a month for first visits by units of the Pacific Basin fleet.
No strangers to this harbour are owned or chartered handysize, bulk/lumber carriers, operated by Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd, of Hong Kong.
With chartered South Korean-built first-time visitors Sky Apollo (in port yesterday) and MSC Brasilia (due next weekend), a total of 38 vessels will have appeared here in the Mediterranean Shipping Company services since the company made its debut here in March 2006.
After being absent from this harbour for more than 26 years, the funnel markings of one of Denmark's oldest independently operated shipping companies returned last Friday with the arrival of the Chinese-built tanker Nord Swan.
Harpagon, Mill Hill, Rudby, and three units of the Larrinaga fleet, were all 1943-44 built Liberty ships that called here. All were tramps operated under the British flag by interests that may now qualify them to join the growing ranks of "half-forgotten" shipowners.
Of the American war-built Victory ships I mentioned last week, only two were seen here in commercial service.
Standard designs offered by shipbuilders have now become very much a part of the global shipping scene.