Sunday, 10 May 2020

May 2020. Portland, Maine, USA

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 Tanker Ainazi.
  30,641 Gross tons, Length  196 metres, Beam  32 metres, Draft 8.3 metres

Built 2008 Rijeka, Croatia
1 x 3 Maj Engines & Cranes built the engine,  7 cylinders,  9650 kw.
Engine stroke  480 mm
1 x fixed pitch propeller
 A pollution boom is run around each tanker 
to control any spills, no matter how small.

 Cape Gavi.
  23.403 Gross tons, Length 184 metres, Beam 27 metres, Draft  8.2 metres

Built 2008 Ulsan, Korea
1 x Hyundai,  6 cylinders,  7860 kw.
Engine bore  460 mm
1 x solid (keyless) propeller
Above:  At the Buckeye/Irving dock.
Below:  Cape Gavi after moving to Citgo dock.

 Cargo ship Marguerita inbound.
19,104 Gross tons, Length 185 metres, Beam 23 metres, Draft 10.35 metres
Built 2016, Yangzhou, China
No Machinery info available.
 Tugs are ordered to assist the ship coming alongside the dock.
Below:  Roderick McAllister, 
one of three tugs that work for McAllister in Portland, Maine.

Roderick McAllister
197 Gross tons, Length 32 metres, Beam 9 metres, Draft 3.75 metres
Built  1967, Jacksonville, Florida
1 x Caterpillar,  12 cylinders,  1250 kw.
Engine stroke  159 mm
2 x fixed pitch propellers
Below:  Skogafoss arriving at the Eimskip dock in Portland.
7545 Gross tons, Length 130 metres, Beam 21 metres, Draft 7.4 metres
Built  2007 Yangzhou, China
1 x Caterpillar Motoren,  8 cylinders,  7200 kw.
Engine bore 430 mm
1 x Controllable Pitch Propeller

 Marguerita outbound with tug assist.
 Below:  Approaching Casco Bay Bridge.
 Asphalt carrier The Amigo inbound.
  10,866 Gross tons, Length 133 metres, Beam 23 metres, Draft 8.6 metres

Built  2012 Riheka, HR
1 x 3 Maj Engines & Cranes 6 cylinders,  4500 kw.
Engine stroke  350 mm

 Fishing Vessel Lillianna Grace.
 Skipper brought her in to pick up some of their traps that are stored on this raft.
Below:  The raft at low tide.  Tidal range this day was 13 feet.
Not Bay of Fundy class but substantial nonetheless.

 Selfoss approaching the Eimskip dock.
7464 Gross tons, Length 130 metres, Beam 21 metres, Draft 7.4 metres

Built  2008 Mawai, China
1 x Caterpillar Motoren,  8 cylinders,  7200 kw
1 x Controllable Pitch Propeller
 The wind was strong fine on the starboard quarter; 
it took some shiphandling skill to get the ship alongside
without using a tug.

 Iver Prosperity outbound with tug assist.
  23,421 Gross tons, Length 177 metres, Beam 27 metres, Draft 11.3 metres

Built  2007 Ulsan, Korea
1 x Wartsila, 6 cylinders, 9720 kw.
Engine stroke 500 mm
1 x Fixed Pitch propeller
 There's a sharp turn from the Fore River to Casco Bay bridge 
so tugs are frequently used to assist with the turn.
 Below:  Clear of the bridge and outbound.

The End

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

March 2020 - New Season on Welland Canal

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March 23, 2020.  CCGS Griffon downbound below Lock 2 
on the day before the canal opened for the season.
 Above:  The Griffon's work boat/barge seen on the left.
They were checking the buoys for position, condition, retro-reflective identification.
 She looks good for over 50 years old; nearly as old as me!
Nearly, sorta, not quite.

 CSL Tadoussac downbound below Lock 2.  Bound for a load of cement.

 Algoma Harvester upbound above Lock 1, in ballast for Thunder Bay, Ontario.

 Florence Spirit upbound above Lock 1.

 Speaking of cement; Sea Eagle II pushing barge St Mary's Cement II 
upbound toward Lock 3 and Cleveland, Ohio.
 The End.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Manitoulin Delivery trip from China to Montreal. October 1 to October 16, 2015

Waaay back in 2015 I was fortunate to be hired as part of the delivery crew for Lower Lakes Towing's Manitoulin.  The trip was from the builder's yard in China to the Great Lakes.  This posting covers the first two weeks of the journey.

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Above:  One of the two pilots we carried down river.
This fellow was relaxing while his compatriot piloted the ship.
He was not a fan of being photographed though.
Above & Below:  One of the many smaller ships that were constantly on the go up and down the river.  A lot of these craft were family-owned.
Below:  The Manitoulin was built on the Yangtze River and we sailed downbound to the sea.

Above:  Chinese Coast Guard.
Below:  River current against a buoy.
Below:  The tanker Chang Wang Zhou, registered in Nan Jing.
Despite the numbers of ships in the anchorage a great number of other ships plowed through the area at speed.  Quarters were close at times.
Below:  Loos like a dredger.

Above & Below:  Cargo ship Wan May.
Gross Tonnage:  91,387
Deadweight:  176,460
Length:  292m
Beam:  45m
Below:  Chemical carrier Silver Star.
According to Marine traffic this ship has been decommissioned or lost.
Below:  Video of part of the anchorage.
I thought there were a lot of ships here until we got to the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal.

In 2014 Lower Lakes purchased the tanker Lalandia Swan from Uni Tankers of Denmark.  The cargo section was removed and a newly built, self-unloading cargo section was constructed and attached.  This work was done at Chengxi Shipyards in Jiangyin, China.

The original ship was built in 1991 in Croatia.  The bow section was built in 2014-15 in China.

The Manitoulin was christened September 28, 2015, sailed in early October and arrived in Montreal in late November.

Above and Below:  Original crew for the delivery.  In these photos the ship is anchored at the mouth of the Yangtze waiting for clearance to depart China.

Above:  Ferry.
Above & Below:  This craft brought a few of the company personnel on board and took away our passports until we were all cleared to depart.

Above & Below:  More in the anchorage.
Above & Below:  Aileen.
More on this ship, Click Here.

Above:  HHL Fremantle.  A youTube video showing thes ship in action, Click Here.
Below:  One of the SITC ships.  Their website, Click Here.

Above:  Hawse Pipe cemented and burlapped for the ocean passage.
This closes the hawse pipe around the chain to prevent shipping water into the focsle.
Hawse Pipe:  Tube through which an anchor chain is led overboard from the windlass.
Spurling Pipe:  Tube leading from forecastle (focsle) deck to the Chain Locker.

Below:  One of the many facets to preparing the ship for an ocean passage.

Above:  Looking back from the top of the unloading gear.

Initially we sailed south to Davao in the Philippines.
Once there we topped up on potable water, fuel and some food.
We were not allowed ashore during our brief stay.
Above:  before entering the port we were tempted by locals selling "The best" jewelry and other items.
Below:  One of the tugs sent out to us.

Below:  Line-handling boat.

Above:  Tug base.
Below:  View of the wharf with a tin shanty-town right outside the fence.

Above:  Backing out for another job.
Below:  The watering gang.

Above:  View across the harbour.
Below:  Fuel delivery for the Manitoulin.

Above & Below:  Inside the wheelhouse of the Manitoulin.

Above:  Just about the farthest south we went.  We were required to cross the Pacific at about 6 degrees north latitude to avoid possible bad weather at higher latitudes.  Not being allowed to follow a Great Circle route increased our sailing time.
Below:  Radio room.  

Above:  Second Mate deep into course plotting.
Below:  Well worn controls.

Above & Below:  Deck shots  You can clearly see the clamps that ensure the hatch covers are well secured.  The Manitoulin was also required to carry several thousand tons of gravel during the ocean passage.  The ship did not have additional strengthening so this ensured the ship was a bit deeper in the water and stiffer, which would somewhat help to prevent hull damage caused by flexing in the ocean. Finally, the ship had wave height limits, again to prevent damage as "Lakers" are not built to withstand ocean stresses.

Above & Below:  The Manitoulin's aft mast is hinged and hydraulically controlled so it can be lowered if necessary to pass under a bridge that would otherwise be too low.  "Air Draft" is the term used for the distance from the water to the very tippy-top of the ship.

Above & Below:  Hinge and hydraulics of the mast.
The Captain showing how small the working space is at the base of the mast.

Below:  Oct 9.  Rolling and creaking across the ocean.