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Caribbean Cruise - An Enchanting Experience
Unloading woodchip cargo
Below are some photographs that show unloading of woodchip cargo. The whole bulk
carrier ship carries a cargo consisting of woodchips. The
importer was a paper manufacturer in Japan. The cargo was
carried across the North Pacific Ocean from the western
coast forested region of North America.
Once the ship
arrived, the cargo hatches were opened and the stevedores
started to work on the cargo. The cargo was transported to
the shore conveyor by means of crane operated grabs. Later
on, as the cargo were removed until they reached the
bottom, special tractors were carried into the cargo holds
to facilitate the removal of all the remaining wood chips.
At the end of the day, there will be spillages on the
deck. Stevedores would clean up the place manually.
For a 35,000 DWT ship, normally, all the cargo work
will be finished in about 5 days time, and the ship will
be ready to sail off again. For this charter of wood chip
cargo, the ship will return back to the USA empty. One of
the cargo holds will be filled with seawater for ballast.