Port of Vancouver USA Welcomes the Saga Fram on her Maiden Voyage
Photo from left to right: Marlin Pulliam, Terminal Manager for Ports America; Richard Beardsley, Gary Bull, Brian Anderson, Greg Spencer, Brian Banning, Mario Berumen, Dave Shimer, Port of Vancouver USA; Captain Pacoma; Terry Wilmont, Mike Kiemele, Kathy Jones, Commissioner Jerry Oliver, Ken Mishler, Port of Vancouver USA; Randy Click, ACGI Shipping
The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Saga Fram commanded by Capt. R.D. Pacoma of the Philippines on her maiden voyage to the United States on May 24, 2013.
Pacoma and his 22-member Filipino crew were welcomed to Vancouver by ACGI Shipping Inc. and representatives from the Port of Vancouver USA. John Cross, Port Captain for Saga and Marlin Pulliam, Terminal Superintendent for Ports America were present at the vessel plaque presentation as well.
The Saga Fram is the sixth in a series of eight newly built vessels to be delivered from Japan and Korea between November 2012 and November 2013. The vessel is classified as an open hatch box hold that is capable of traveling worldwide.
In addition, the vessel has the ability to use shore side electrical power while at berth, minimizing air pollution. Advanced ballast water treatment systems were installed, and all fuel tanks were protected with cofferdams toward the sea to provide extra protection against fuel spills, among other sustainable features.
The Saga Fram was built in Korea and launched on January 1, 2013. The vessel is 656 feet in length and has a deadweight capacity of 55,596.4 metric tons. The vessel is owned by Saga Shipholding AS of Norway and operated by Saga Forest Carriers Intl. The agent for the vessel is ACGI Shipping of Vancouver, Wash.
Before docking at the Port of Vancouver, the Saga Fram sailed from Korea to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Ulsan, Korea where she loaded steel products. The vessel then discharged steel in Vancouver, B.C. The ship unloaded steel products at the Port of Vancouver before ultimately traveling to Los Angeles and onwards to Uruguay via Cape Horn.
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