Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bulk Costa Rica - first in

1. The Bulk Costa Rica makes its way inbound to an anchorage. 

Another period of blustery weather had the port on weather watch all day. High winds again prevented pilots from boarding inbound ships or disembarking from outbound ships. It was not until 1545 hrs that Bulk Costa Rica was able to take its pilot, after loitering outside the harbour traffic zone all day. Even so conditions at the pilot station were less than ideal.
A heavy snow fall made working ships in the port a bit of a challenge too. By late afternoon Paris Express (which had been scheduled to leave at 0330 hrs) had a pilot scheduled for 1800 hrs.
Other ships in port due to leave today include Star Kilimanjaro and Jan van Gent. The arrival of the autocarrier Cougar Ace has been put off until tomorrow.
Bulk Costa Rica is a very new ship, delivered last July by Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co Ltd in China. It is classed as a "supramax" bulker, of 33,232 gross tons and 58,758 tonnes deadweight.It is operated by Kumiai Navigation Pte Ltd of Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kumiai Senpuku Co Ltd of Japan, which has a varied fleet of 14 ships. The ship is fitted with four cranes, and has clamshell buckets to handle bulk cargoes. In February the ship loaded coal in Newport News, but I have not tracked its movements since then. Its next port of call is to be Sept-Iles, QC.

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