Shipping imagery from Seoul, South Korea, Athens, Romania and Port Talbot, UK.

These images were shot over a number of years stretching back to 2001. The opportunity to shoot in these yards is now very restricted and permission unless directly employed by the yards themselves is very difficult. I was lucky to have been commissioned by the Greek fleet owners and their London agents to produce a series of images for their head offices in London and Athens.

My thanks to Arrow Shipping, Delta Tankers, and Marmaras Navigation, without whom this series would not be possible.

Working in the yards is something like being in Lilliput as gigantic sections of the ship are lifted into place, welded, assembled, and finally painted by an army of skilled workers. 


These extraordinary vessels deliver well over 95% of all we consume so photographing them in their best light and paying them due respect is a fitting tribute to what we all take for granted.  

Close inspection
Close Inspection
Massive ship chain anchor link
A Panamaxship at sea in the Aegean
Painting  a ship in the Romanian drydock
Ship propelor, Romanian ship yard
Yard jaws .jpg
Propellor of a ship at night in dry dock, Romania
Ship bow section
Front end - big red.jpg
Anchor head in port
Front of ship and anchor
Rising sun
Ship at night port talbot by Michael Potter
Yard jaws
Yard Jaws
Panamax ship at anchor in South Korea
Night ship .jpg
Ship shape
Ship shape in production
Heavy lift
Into the night.jpg
Link side
Spic & span - colour
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