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Quay crane decked out to look like a giraffe

The southern Japanese city of Fukuoka is adding a touch of nature to its container port, repainting a quay crane to look like a giraffe with five more cranes set to get a makeover.

The giraffe paint job (see artist’s impression above) will be finished next February with a decision to be made on the design of the other cranes soon.

The cranes can be seen from Fukuoka Children’s Hospital, something mentioned by Mayor Soichiro Takashima who said at a press conference yesterday, “If you see a cute giraffe, you may feel better.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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