By Mark Edward Nero
The Olive Bay, reputed to be the world’s largest single-deck bulk/log carrier, arrived at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s West Hylebos log terminal in Tacoma recently, its first call taking place on Nov. 22.
The terminal, operated by Seattle-based Merrill & Ring Forest Products, welcomed Pacific Basin Shipping’s Olive Bay, which is the largest ship in the Chinese log business to call the West Coast.
Built in 2015 specifically to carry logs, the ship is 650 feet long (190 meters) and 105 feet wide (32 meters). It can hold up to eight million board feet of logs, significantly more than the five million-board-foot capacity of most log ships to call at Tacoma.
The Olive Bay was also expected to stop in Port Angeles before heading back to China.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma under which the two Puget Sound ports share resources.