Friday, September 29, 2006

Some additional info from Friday's Ship Report:

The commercial shipping vessel Frosti will be at Pier 2 in Astoria today. She's a fishing boat but also has a history of doing fisheries research, so she may be here for that purpose. The Car Carrier Harmony Ace will be by early this afternoon. She's a sister ship of the Cougar Ace, the car ship that got in trouble off the Aleutians this summer. Ballast water problems are believed to have caused her to list severely to one side. The Coast Guard evacuated her crew, and salvagers towed her to Portland earlier this month.

The Alpha Happiness is a Panamax bulk carrier arriving today to anchor off Astoria. She's just large enough to fit in the Panama Canal (106 ft wide) hence her designation as Panamax. She'll be out there with another bulk carrier, a Handy-Size ship called the Vinca that's been there several days. The way to tell the two apart (aside from their names which are generally painted on the bow and stern): Panamax ships are larger (700 ft +), and have seven hatches running bow to stern on deck. Handy-size vessels are in the 600 ft range and have cranes and other apparatus on deck to handle cargo.

The car carrier Texas Highway will be by later today carrying Toyotas.

The Chemical Tanker SMT Chemical Explorer is anchored off Astoria until tonight. At first from the listing on the bar pilot schedule I thought she was a tug/barge combo, but clearly she looks like a ship, and apparently is. She's owned by Seattle based Crowley, and is a Jones Act vessel, meaning she is US owned and licensed. She has all US officers and by law 75 percent of her crew must be US citizens. This is unusual in that most of the vessels we see in the Columbia are foreign flagged, many of them registered in Panama.

Hope the fog lifts so we can see some of these vessels!


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