Wednesday 18 August 2021

Downbound Bulk Carrier FEDERAL DELTA at Windmill Point - August 16, 2021

09:44 - Her red hull and khaki coloured cranes and superstructure offers quite the contrast as the far distant 656' FEDERAL DELTA approaches on another hot and hazy summer day.
09:46 - Built in 2018 at Oshima, Japan, the FEDERAL DELTA is one of 48 laker-type bulk carriers in Montreal-based Fednav's 120 vessel fleet.
09:48 - Having unloaded in Hamilton, the Marshall Island-flagged DELTA is bound for Sorel, below Montreal.
09:48 - Other than the white-cap at her bow, the frequent visitor to the Great Lakes makes virtually no wake on this flat wide section of the St. Lawrence.
09:50 - Whether laden or in ballast like on Monday, her top speed is 14 knots (16 mph) though motoring here at about 10 knots or 18.5 kph.
09:51 - No cause for alarm as a few local anglers keep their distance while FEDERAL DELTA passes a  port hand buoy.

09:53 - FEDERAL DELTA  has 4 cranes to unload 35 metric tonnes of cargo in each grab from her 6 holds which can carry 41, 651 cubic metres of grain.
09:55 - Her folding hydraulic hatch covers are partially opened to air-out her holds during this downbound passage.
09:55 - She has a lesser obtrusive bulbous bow than most salties that we see trading on the Great Lakes.
09:56 - FEDERAL DELTA gracefully glides by the former windmill/lighthouse at the Battle of the Windmill National Historical Site while bound for the Port of Sorel where she is currently loading cargo.
Interesting meet beneath the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.
Next up: 
Classic straight-deck bulk carrier OJIBWAY upbound at the Port of Johnstown.

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