|The Vikingbank had been waiting at anchor for several days and came into port on Labor Day, September 7, 2015. This is her 6th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2012. She was just here on June 14th this summer when she loaded beet pulp pellets; she will load the same cargo on this trip, taking it to Ireland where it will be used as animal feed.|
|In all ports in the world, a visiting ship is required to have a local pilot on board who knows the harbor and its many variations. The Sea Bear, the local pilot boat, took a pilot out to the Vikingbank so she could come in to port. Here they both are returning to port.|
|When the boat traffic is down, it is great to have a friend like John Zywicki who has a keen eye for beautiful pictures. Here, on July 23, 2014, he was standing behind the pilot boat, Sea Bear, operated by Sea Service, LLC in Superior. That’s the General Mills A mill on the left. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is seen in the distance on the right. Click for larger version.|
|Captain Ed Montgomery shared the following thoughts with me and I share them with you. Ed owns Sea Service, L.L.C. and operates the Pilot Boat that is often seen going out to ships at anchor. Words are his; Pictures are mine as she came into port this afternoon (July 7, 2014) (Click pics for larger image).|
|Just a tidbit of info that I thought you and your readers might find interesting. The M/V REGGEBORG will be proceeding to the Hallett 6 Dock. She is a newbuild from Wagenborg Shipping and is their largest owned ocean vessel. She was built at Ferus Smit ship yard in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany and launched on 12 December, 2013.|
|She is the 2nd of the “R Class” (REESTBORG was the first), as Wagenborg terms it and features their “Econ-Bow”, which is engineered to improve sea keeping handling traits and fuel efficiency. At first glance, the unique bow design seems to be a throwback to the WW-I British Dreadnaughts and U.S. Battleship’s plumb bows, with the forward-most bow stems being nearly straight up and perpendicular to the waterline. However, it is the result of high powered computer high-tech nautical engineering that the old war horses never had.|
|The REGGEBORG’s bow is a version of a recent hydrodynamic design development called the “Axe-Bow” from it’s origin at Norway’s Ulstein Group Shipyards. English and North American yards have adopted it as the “X-Bow”. The design affords the vessel to make better speed and improved fuel mileage by inherently avoiding the unavoidable ‘slamming’of the typical forward pitched stem and flared bow that most vessels are built with.|
|The REGGEBORG is the first vessel in this series to have a five level deckhouse, versus the previously planned four level accommodation’s block on the initial series ship, the REESTBORG). This was changed to give the crew better sightlines when transporting unusually high special project cargoes.|
|The vessel is named for the Regge (pronounced “R-r-r-regch’d”), a heavily ‘canalized’ tributary in the Netherlands.
Here in the Twin Ports, we have seen this type of new bow on only one other vessel, which I believe was the M/V VIKINGBANK that loaded at General Mills “A”, last year.
So, it appears that what was old, is now new again — and high tech, at that! Take care, Ed.