I was surprised to see Coastal Transportation has a new ship when I crossed the the Ballard Bridge today. She’s a nice looking vessel and a big change from the rest of their fleet incorporating some innovative features. Pacific Maratime Magazine had the best information I could find online, it’s worth reading the whole article.
[RIGHT]February 1, 2016 | Vol 32, No 02[/RIGHT]
Built by Dakota Creek Industries, in Anacortes, Washington, the unique new Coastal Standard carries palletized frozen product below decks with space for containerized or breakbulk cargo topsides. Photo courtesy of Dakota Creek Industries.
After more than 30 years of weekly liner service to Western Alaska with a fleet of five or six small fish tender vessels specifically designed for service between Seattle and the ports of Western Alaska, Coastal Transportation’s president Peter Strong decided that the time was right to commission a new vessel designed specifically to suit the company’s routes and cargo. Coastal Transportation’s refrigerated vessels are 210 to 244 feet long and are characterized by their yard-and-stay cargo gear, which is reliable and fast in most applications, but has its limitations. Peter Strong took several research trips to Norway, often accompanied by company VP Elliot Strong and port engineer John Fisker-Andersen, who was instrumental in the production of the vessel. In Norway, the men identified a new way of loading cargoes on and off a refrigerated ship: the sideport loading system built by TTS of Bergen (Norway). This loading system is based on the premise that the best way to load or discharge palletized cargo is by the shortest possible path – through the ship’s side. The system has been well tested in northern Europe on the Baltic Sea and Scandinavian coast but is new to North America.