The Angus Express at anchor in Port Angeles Harbor. (David G. Sellars/for Peninsula Daily News)

ON THE WATERFRONT: Livestock carrier slips anchor into Port Angeles

EARLIER LAST WEEK, Angus Express came into the Port Angeles port to be refueled by Tesoro Petroleum.

The 338-foot Philippine-flagged vessel is a livestock carrier. I understand during her brief stay, she slipped her anchor twice, requiring one of the Foss tugs and the tug Brian S to help her reset her anchor.

When the vessel left Port Angeles, she went to Olympia to load her cargo of 1,650 head of cattle. On Friday, she departed for Vietnam, where her cargo will be offloaded.

Independence Day

On Tuesday, July 4, the Port Angeles Yacht Club will hold its Independence Day decorated boat parade.

The parade will start at noon, with participating boats assembling on the water in front of the yacht club at 11:50 a.m.

The parade will proceed past the downtown waterfront and City Pier to Olympic Medical Center and return along the waterfront to the yacht club. Numerous boats from the yacht club and other local boaters will be participating.

This is a traditional event in Port Angeles, and the public is encouraged to come and view the various boats decorated in celebration of the Fourth of July.

All captains of boats participating in the parade are encouraged to attend the captains meeting at 11 a.m. at the yacht club, 1305 Marine Drive. Parade coordination will be on VHF 68.

Out-of-state contract

Recently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a $4.15 million contract to Armstrong Marine, the aluminum-boat manufacturer on Highway 101 midway between Port Angeles and Sequim, for construction of a 98-passenger catamaran-style ferry.

The vessel will be built at Armstrong’s eastern facility in Swansboro, N.C. The 98-passenger ferry, which is scheduled for delivery in April 2018, will be put into service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village, N.C.

On the hard

Platypus Marine, the full-service shipyard, yacht repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer on Marine Drive in Port Angeles, has Reelization in the Commander Building. She is a 39-foot crabber from Half Moon Bay, Calif., that is having her hull extended by 6 feet pursuant to a design prepared by the Elliot Bay Design Group of Seattle.

Pacific Rival is also at Platypus’ facility. She is a 43-foot commercial fishing vessel that will have her hull extended by 8 feet and a bulbous bow attached.

Invincible II is in the Commander Building. She is a 52-foot Coast Guard motor lifeboat that is attached to Station Grays Harbor. Personnel are sandblasting and repainting the interior.

Harbor happenings

On Monday, Tesoro Petroleum in Port Angeles Harbor provided bunkers to Overseas Atalmar, a 600-foot petroleum products carrier that is flagged in the Marshall Islands.

Monday is also when Tesoro bunkered Angus Express.

On Thursday, Tesoro refueled Polar Adventure, an 894-foot crude oil tanker.

On Saturday, Tesoro is scheduled to provide bunkers to Liberty Bay, an 823-foot crude oil tanker, and Jupiter Express, a 595-foot crude oil tanker.

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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 and boat yards.

Items and questions involving boating, marina and industrial activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. News announcements about boating groups, including yacht clubs and squadrons, are welcome as well.

Email [email protected] or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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