August 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
Aberdeen, WA — The Port of Grays Harbor was honored to be the first port of call of the M/V Astra Centaurus when it docked at AGP’s Export Facility at Marine Terminal 2 on August 11, 2012. The M/V Astra Centaurus is the first of two DSME-designed supramax bulk carriers constructed by DSME Shandong to the latest environmental and structural standards. The vessel has been designed to incorporate Lloyd’s Register Environmental Protection “EP” notations, which recognizes their enhanced features and demonstrates the owner’s commitment to environmentally friendlier ships.
The 196-meter vessel, owned by Pegasus Maritime, was loaded by Local 24 longshore workers with 49,600 metric tons of soybean meal destined for the Philippines. “Grays Harbor and our shipping partners, AGP and Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals, value sustainable practices and we are privileged to be the first port of call for this state of the art vessel” stated Port Deputy Director Leonard Barnes.
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deepwater marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and hundreds of acres of marine industrial property. Only 1-½ vessel hours from open sea, Grays Harbor offers rail and highway access to markets throughout North America. More information and photographs are available at portofgraysharbor.com.
Port of Grays Harbor’s Deputy Executive Director Leonard Barnes (left) and Marine Terminals Manager Seth Taylor (right), along with Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals Operations Manager Tim Ryker, present Captain Grigorios Bikos with gifts to commemorate the maiden voyage and port call.