By Mark Edward Nero
The Port of Vancouver USA recently welcomed the Philippines-flagged bulk carrier Brighten Trader on the vessel’s maiden voyage to the United States.
The Brighten Trader, commanded by Capt. Marcelino S. Ecobiza from the Philippines, is operated by Victoria Ship Management of Manila, and owned by Sea Queen Shipping Corp. of the Philippines, and was represented by General Steamship Corp. It arrived in Vancouver in Feb. 18.
The vessel, which is 590 feet long with a deadweight capacity of 39,310 metric tons, was built in China and launched Jan. 12, 2017.
At the Port of Vancouver USA, the Brighten Trader was loaded with about 10,500 metric tons of copper concentrate, then sailed to Vancouver, BC, to load additional concentrate cargoes.
As of Feb. 27, it was at anchor at the Port of Prince Rupert.
The vessel is expected to head to Japan and China after its stops on the North American West Coast.