Shipping news, May 2 - 15

Commercial marine traffic at Searsport and Bucksport
May 17, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews A pair of tug boats on May 2 guide bulk cargo ship Serenitas N to the dock at Mack Point cargo terminal in Searsport.

May 2

Serenitas N, a 623-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from from Mizushima, Japan, and delivered slag cement for Dragon Products. It departed May 8 for New Haven, Conn.

May 5

Iver Prosperity, a 604-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Bucksport from Saint John, New Brunswick, via Portland and delivered No. 2 heating oil. It departed May 6 returning to Saint John.

May 6

Lincoln Sea, a Kirby Corp. articulated tug and barge, arrived in Searsport from New York and delivered No. 2 fuel oil.

May 9

Coho, a Kirby Corp. articulated tug and barge, arrived in Searsport from Boston and delivered asphalt. It departed May 10 for Saint John, New Brunswick.

May 13

East Coast, a 600-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Searsport from Saint John, New Brunswick, via Portland and delivered gasoline. On May 14, it continued to Bucksport and delivered jet fuel. On May 15, it returned to Saint John.

In recent weeks, truckloads of fabricated steel components have been leaving Mack Point in Searsport bound for Cianbro's manufacturing plant in Brewer. The components, which include scores of large steel panels studded with hundreds of small tabs, came from Thailand aboard three cargo ships that arrived in Searsport from February to April. In Brewer, the panels are being assembled into massive boxes with the tabs facing inward. A representative from Cianbro said the contract prohibits the company from disclosing any details about the project.

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

Mysterious steel components leaving Mack Point on May 9 for Cianbro's manufacturing facility in Brewer. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A close-up of the tab-studded steel panels that are being trucked from Searsport's marine cargo terminal to Cianbro's manufacturing facility in Brewer. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
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