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Photo of the Week 68: October 3, 2014 - Maiden voyage of M/V Pacific Spike

A brand new vessel designed specifically for the carriage of steel rail, M/V Pacific Spike berthed in Portland, Oregon on October 3, 2014, and was met by several representatives from General Steamship, as well as Sumitomo Corporation and NS United Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd.
Although calling Portland for her maiden voyage with 80 foot rails, going forward she will mainly call Stockton, California, for the discharge of 480 foot long rails that will stretch the entire length of her single cargo hold.

Keywords: M/V Pacific Spike, maiden voyage, steel rail, General Steamship Corporation, Port of Portland

Plaque presented by General Steamship
From Left: Jeff Robbins (Gensteam Stockton), Evan Jones (Gensteam Portland), Captain Yoshinori Fukamatsu (NS United), Vince Addington (Gensteam Seattle), Yosuke Musha (NS United - Tramp Chartering Group).
M/V Pacific Spike Maiden Voyage

M/V Pacific Spike moored at Port of Portland, Terminal 2.
M/V Pacific Spike moored at Port of Portland, Terminal 2

One cargo hold stretches the entire length of the vessel and will eventually carry 480 foot long pieces of rail to Stockton, California for discharge.
Cargo hold of M/V Pacific Spike

The stack of the vessel is pictured here. "LRC" stands for Long Rail Carrier, and "480" denoting the length of the rail.
M/V Pacific Spike stack

Photos provided by Evan Jones, General Steamship - Portland, Oregon - 10/03/14