From Korea to Kalama: Bulk Carrier Ship, Q Keen, Makes Port of Kalama First Stop on Maiden Voyage from Korea

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

Port of Kalama executives welcome Q Keen captain and crew on Maiden Voyage from Korea.

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.

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

About Port of Kalama – Where Rail and Water Meet: The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 20 industries located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 800 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 25 minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: http://www.showcase.com/lnewman@portofkalama.com Visit http://portofkalama.com.

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