ON THE WATERFRONT WITH DAVID G. SELLARS: Ship travels 5,000 miles to pick up Peninsula logs
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Global Heart is shown at Terminal 3 in the Port of Port Angeles. The oil tanker Polar Discovery is in the right background at Terminal 1 North. —Photo by David G. Sellars/for Peninsula Daily News
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The Navy log bronc from Bremerton in the Platypus yard before she gets new paint.
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The Coast Guard cutter Sea Devil is lowered into the water Thursday.
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The yacht TaTu sits in the Platypus Commander Building.

By David G. Sellars
PDN Maritime Columnist

Global Heart, a 584-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo ship, moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 3 at suppertime last Sunday, concluding a 4,918-nautical-mile voyage since her departure from Shanghai, China, on
May 16.

The vessel is expected to leave Port Angeles on Tuesday for northern China with a load of debarked softwood logs that were harvested from private lands in Western Washington.

The broker for the shipload of logs is Alcan Forest Products LP, a company with branch offices in Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Aberdeen and Port Angeles.

Safety first

The Port Ludlow-based Flotilla 41 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will sponsor a boating safety course Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brinnon Community Center.

Completion of this course meets the qualifications for a Washington state boaters education card, which is required of all boat drivers 12 years and older if born after Jan. 1, 1955.

Cost for the course is $20, which includes the course materials.

For an additional $5, the course book can be shared with another participant.

Topics to be covered will be boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, trailering, storing and protecting your boat.

To reserve a seat in warm and beautiful Brinnon, phone Dick Moore at 360-796-4185 or send an email to pigeonridge@embarqmail.com.

The ‘Devil’ I say

Platypus Marine, the full-service shipyard, yacht-repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer on Marine Drive in Port Angeles, launched Sea Devil, an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter, on Thursday.

She had been out of the water at Platypus for maintenance and went back in sandblasted and repainted.

Once back in the water, Sea Devil made her way to the breakwater dock on the west side of the Harbormaster’s Office, where the crew spent a couple of days stowing the vessel’s gear before returning to her homeport of Bangor.

The Sea Devil’s primary mission is to protect submarines as they transit Hood Canal and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Platypus also has a Navy log bronc stowed in the Commander Building that was towed to Port Angeles from Bremerton.

The log bronc is used to maneuver vessels inside the dry docks.

According to Brad Hale, who works in Platypus’ sales and marketing department, personnel are going to perform preservation work on the log bronc, which means the vessel will be sandblasted, primered and painted.

Tatu is also in the Commander Building. She is an 84-foot Delta pleasure craft.

Personnel are working on the captain’s punch list prior to the owner going cruising for the summer, after which the vessel will return to Platypus Marine to be completely repainted.

Space available

I spoke with Steve DeBiddle of the Port Angeles Yacht Club on Friday, and he told me that there are still a few spaces available for the club’s eighth annual Marine Swap Meet to be held this Saturday, June 14.

It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the yacht club’s parking lot at 1305 Marine Drive at the west end of Port Angeles Boat Haven.

Seller spaces for the swap meet are only $10.

For additional information or to reserve a space, phone DeBiddle at 360-477-2406.

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David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area’s waterfronts.

Items and questions involving boating, port activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. Email dgsellars@hotmail.com or phone him at 360-808-3202.

His column, On the Waterfront, appears Sundays.

Last modified: June 07. 2014 6:49PM
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