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I took these photos of ONE Apus a year and a half ago while she first approached the sixth boro.  It was a calm and bright day.

This is what 14000 teu neatly stacked looks like.

For scale, see the crewman on the bow of JRT Moran as the messenger line hauls the heavy line up from JRT‘s winch.

The next two photos I took from a gCaptain article this morning, showing the first photos taken from land as ONE Apus limped into Kobe after encountering a storm that embroiled the Pacific Ocean. 

ONE Apus had been underway from Yantian China [near Hong Kong] to Long Beach CA USA when it encountered the storm 1800 nm NE of Hawaii*.  It returned westward to Kobe Japan for assessment.  From gCaptain’s Mike Schuler:  “The vessel is cautiously proceeding to the port of Kobe, Japan with an ETB of 1200LT on December 8, subject to all operations proceeding as planned,” the update said. “The priority remains on getting the ship and crew safely to port. Once berthed, it’s expected to take some time to offload the dislodged containers that remain on board. Then, a thorough assessment will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged.”

To be followed up on.  All photos, except the last two from gCaptain, WVD.  Here‘s a story about a similar though smaller loss of containers.  Ans what happens to containers lost at sea?  That question and others you might imagine are answered here

*Might this have been the same storm, and its aftereffects?  A friend who works on the Bering Sea reports having been seasick for the first time in his life . . .

I did not forget in the beginning of April about the 2020 calendar enhancement;  there were just too any things going on! So today I both catch up, and get ahead.  And according to my accounting robot, today I post for the 4,500th time.  Champagne is spilling all over my editor’s floor, but he’s not sharing.

YM World came in last April as Anthem of the Seas was departing.  If one keeps records with the goal of tracking change, few industries have changed as profoundly as the cruise industry has in the past year, and all that in the past two months.

Truly YM World, an ULCV,is huge.  But earlier this week, MSC Anna sailed under the Golden Gate, over 100′ longer, almost 40′ wider, giving her a total teu capacity of over 19k, compared with around 14k here.  That 5000 teu difference equals the total capacity of an average container ship serving the sixth boro 10 years ago.

 

The May calendar page features James D Moran nosing up against a pink magenta wall.

Here she comes in to meet off the starboard side.

Then she matches speed

and comes alongside to drop off the docking pilot.

All photos, WVD.

 

 

While waiting for Triton, I had a surprise, a big pink surprise.  I hope someone gets photos of Triton when she departs.

But here, 24 days and 13 hours out of Singapore,

it’s

ONE Apus, which rhymes with “tape us.”  Since she’s a duplicate, I think, of ONE Stork, I assumed an apus referred to a bird in some language.  Any guesses?

Here are my first photos of ONE Stork.

 

See that messenger line coming down to send up

the big  line?

It turns out that “apus” is the Latin word for the common swift, a fantastic name for a ULCV.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s minutes late for the noontime posting.

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