The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the M/V Mykali, commanded by Capt. Viktor Sapozhnikov of Russia, on her maiden voyage to the United States on August 23, 2011.
Sapozhnikov and his 17-member crew were welcomed to Vancouver by Earl Dixon, vessel superintendent for United Grain Corp.; Cory Nelson, PNW manager for Interocean Steamship Corporation and port representatives Nick Haindl and Debbie Taylor.
The M/V Mykali was built in Japan and delivered Aug. 4, 2011. The vessel is 623 feet in length and has a deadweight capacity of 56,132 tons. The crew for the vessel’s first visit to the Port of Vancouver USA was from Russia and the Ukraine. The vessel is owned by Hiroya Maritime SA and operated by Samos Steamship Company. Interocean Steamship Corp. is the agent for the vessel.
The M/V Mykali is a handy-max type bulk carrier of 56,000 dwt with a huge cargo hold capacity over 70,000 cubic meters and marks the 130th ship of Mitsui’s 56 Series delivered by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company Ltd.
The vessel sailed from Tamano, Okayama, Japan and loaded approximately 44,600 metric tons of grain while in port. The vessel departed the port on August 24 and will discharge the grain in Manila, Philippines.
About the Port of Vancouver USA
The Port of Vancouver USA, created by Clark County taxpayers in 1912, is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast. Its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a dependable labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. The Port of Vancouver is in the midst of a year full of projects and developments that will lead to vital job creation, economic stimulation and environmental preservation. By diversifying its cargo mix between bulk commodities, breakbulk and project cargos, the port is responsible for job generation and significant contributions to the tax base for not only its own community, but also the state of Washington. Current expansion of the port’s rail system and development of new port industrial and marine properties will bring new jobs – both short term and long term – and the preservation of wetlands, the creation of enhanced wildlife habitat, and make way for more green/sustainable business partners operating from the port.
Source: Port of Vancouver, September 5, 2011.