All Filipino crew loading corn at Kalama Export LLC for transport to China

KALAMA, WASHINGTON (PRWEB) MAY 25, 2012

The Port of Kalama welcomes a maiden voyage from the international bulk carrier ship, Q Keen, this week. The 22 ton bulk carrier is loading corn at Kalama Export LLC for shipment to China. The ship, which hails from Korea, is owned by Q Keen Shipping Ltd., Marshall Islands, and is captained by Ramon B. Cruz.

Port of Kalama marketing manager, Liz Newman, was on-hand to greet the ship and honor the crew with a Maiden Voyage plaque from the Port – a traditional gift for first ports of call to offer ships on their Maiden Voyage. The Q Keen is estimated to cost about $30 million and will sail for about 25 years before retirement. The Port of Kalama’s plaque will remain with the ship for its full life at sea. Port of Kalama has been a first port of call for six Maiden Voyages in the last year alone.

The Port of Kalama, which is located on the deep-draft Columbia River immediately adjacent to Interstate 5 and the mainline railroad, is home to some of the most efficient grain terminals on the west coast. Two grain terminals and a deep-draft break-bulk terminal are located on the river.

Q Keen Ship Specifics:

CAPTAIN: Ramon B. Cruz
CHIEF ENG: Rolan Libdan
TOTAL CREW MEMBERS: 22
PORT REGISTRY: Majuro
NATIONALITY: Marshall Islands
VESSEL TYPE: Bulk Carrier
DELIVERY DAY: May 3, 2012
MANAGEMENT: Quintana Ship Management LTD.
LENGTH OVER ALL: 229.07 meters
BREADTH: 32.26 meters
DEPTH: 20.20 meters
TONNAGE GROSS: 44,625 RT
TONNAGE NET: 27,237 RT
GRAIN/BALE CAPACITY: 96,764.1 m3