Shipping news, July 21 - Aug. 1

Aug 02, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Iver Prosperity in Bucksport Aug. 1. The 600-foot tanker traveled to St. John, New Brunswick, and Portsmouth, N.H., since its last visit to the Midcoast July 21 when it was at Mack Point Cargo Terminal in Searsport.

July 21

Iver Prosperity, a 600-foot oil tanker, arrived in Searsport from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, where Irving Oil has its headquarters and refinery.

Clipper Tarpon, a bulk carrier arrived from Providence, R.I., picked up scrap metal from Grimmel Industries, then traveled to Albany, N.Y.

July 23

Jia Sheng Shan, a 620-foot bulk carrier, arrived at Mack Point and delivered road salt to New England Salt Co. It departed July 27 for Portland and Baltimore.

JS Yangtse, a 655-foot dry bulk carrier, pulled up to the dock after four days at anchor in Searsport and added to the New England Salt Co. pile. It departed July 30 for Norfolk, Va.

Steve Clisham, owner of New England Salt Co., said the two ships brought just shy of 100,000 tons of salt, which he said should last the company until next summer.

New England Salt Co. leases pad space from Maine Materials Inc. in Searsport and has a second storage facility in Eastport.

July 24

Chemical Pioneer arrived at the dock at Mack Point. The 660-foot chemical tanker was constructed from the grafted halves of two ships. The stern notably belonged to Sea Witch, a Bath Iron Works-built container ship that was destroyed by fire in 1973 after crashing into an oil tanker in New York Harbor.

Palanca Luanda, a 435-foot asphalt bitumen tanker, arrived in Searsport and anchored in the harbor near JS Yangtse.

By July 25, there were four ships in Searsport, two at the dock and two at anchorage.

July 29

Tanja, a 600-foot bulk carrier arrived at Mack Point from Brazil, cargo unknown. It departed a day later for South Portland.

July 30

Maine Maritime Academy's training ship State of Maine arrived from Boston after two transatlantic voyages this summer with academy students. The 500-foot research vessel stopped briefly at Mack Point to pick up 134 people, including family members of MMA students and several legislators. They joined 219 cadets and 48 staff and crew members aboard for the school's traditional end-of-session "family cruise" from Searsport to Castine.

July 31

Iver Prosperity arrived in Bucksport from Portsmouth, N.H. The 600-foot oil tanker was last in the Midcoast July 21.

Shipping news is compiled by Republican Journal reporter Ethan Andrews using automatic identification system (AIS) data from and direct observation at local ports.

Dump trucks start a second mountain of salt at the New England Salt Co. storage site in Searsport. The company received almost 100,000 tons of salt at the end of July from two cargo ships. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Maine Maritime Academy's training ship State of Maine enters Castine Harbor July 31 at the close of a 90-day summer session that included two Atlantic crossings with stops in Spain, Ireland, Nova Scotia and points along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. (Courtesy of: Maine Maritime Academy)
Oil tanker Iver Prosperity in Bucksport Aug. 1. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Bulk carrier Jia Sheng Shan, foreground, delivering road salt at Mack Point July 24. In the background are asphalt/bitumen tanker Palanca Luanda, left, and dry bulk carrier JS Yangtse. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Scrap metal is loaded onto the bulk carrier ship Clipper Tarpon at Mack Point Cargo Terminal in Searsport July 21. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
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