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LAPIS ARROW (IMO# 9361809 ) Strange visitor from
Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 6:25 PM by Rod
On the way to work today, I noticed that not only was Marina Ace docked at Davisville, but also a second ship. My first thought was that with the economy the way it is, where are all the cars these ships bring going? I would guess out via rail and truck. Anyway once i was able to, I looked on my system to find what the second ship was. It was uniquely called LAPIS ARROW built in 2006. Definitely a name I have not heard of before and definitely one i have not seen ply these waters before. My research revealed that she is owned by LAPIS MARITIME based out of the Isle of Man but managed by STAMCO SHIP MANAGEMENT based in Greece. There were several things I noticed about her later as I shot pictures of her leaving. A) She looked good.. Nice lines... etc.. B) She had a wonderful color scheme on her hull in as much as she had a royal blue hull with a darker green stripe approximately 10 meters wide at the top of her hull just below her top deck going around the entire boat. It was an unusual color scheme as well as pleasing as it was vastly different from what we are used to see here in Narragansett bay. C) Final thing I noticed is a red stack with a large white K on it. This to me indicated that she is a K-Line ship but I could find no data to verify that. if she is a K-Line ship is it possible that she could be a replacement for the former sisters (Sirius and Coral Highway) that were such frequent visitors? Maybe, Maybe not... Time will tell.. But it does make me wonder... Picturees of the ship will be forth coming...
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TORM Gertrud (IMO# 9240885) good timing
Monday March 2, 2009 at 10:45 PM by Rod
Danish owned TORM Gertrud (IMO# 9240885), inbound from Cristóbal, arrived in Narragansett bay on March 2nd 2009 bound for Providence during a storm with heavy winds and drifting snow. Great pictures albeit somewhat dark.. Pictures should be up in a day or so...
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MARINA ACE waits out the storm
Monday March 2, 2009 at 6:08 PM by Rod
MARINA ACE (IMO# 8610526) was originally intended to depart the Brenton Reef anchorage at 0400 on March 2nd bound for Davisville. She never did. Most probably it was a weather related delay made up of either a)there was no place to put the cars due to the heavy snow or b) for whatever reason (i.e. heavy wind driven snow much like the recent issue with inbound Cepheus Leader) the pilot made the decision to delay the ship or maybe it was a combination of both. Hopefully tommorrow will give better weather and she can dock..
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M.V. Umiavut ( IMO# 8801591) arrives in the snow..
Monday March 2, 2009 at 6:01 PM by Rod
A previously unseen SPLIETHOFF managed ship, The Umiavut (IMO# 8801591), arrived in Narragansett bay this evening (in the middle of a snowstorm) bound for Melville.

It's way to early for the usual migration of boats (from the south to the north) to begin, so I expect that it's a unique situation. Most probably a boat is leaving Melville for points elsewhere but it may also be that something special has arrived to be offloaded at Melville. Hopefully if the weather clears, I can get up to Melville tommorrow and get some pictures. Time will tell.

Here is an interesting link to the ship talking about where the ship runs usually....

IMO number : 8801591

Name of ship : UMIAVUT

Call Sign : PFQE

Gross tonnage : 6037

Type of ship : General Cargo Ship

Year of build : 1988

Flag : Netherlands

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Sunday March 1, 2009 at 10:09 PM by Rod
AIS is what we all know and love.. It really hampers one's abilities when the system is not working. That being said, I have had to improvise by using my vhf and frequent trips around the south end of Jamestown. In other words... Improvise!! Ooh-rah!
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Sunday March 1, 2009 at 10:05 PM by Rod
The SIRIUS HIGHWAY and CORAL HIGHWAY are frequent visitors to Narragansett bay and Davisville Rhode Island. I was informed after reading the link below that BOTH ships are making their final runs and then will be beached in Singapore and cut up... i.e. Scrapped. I have no confirmation on this other then a link. That being said, I can say that neither of the 2 ships mentioned were ever in their most "pristine" condition when they arrived here ( as evidenced by going to the search feature on this site and searching K-Line ships) with maybe one exception. In any event, I can't help but wonder if they are indeed being scrapped because of their age (just over 20 years) or if they are being scrapped because of the current state of economic affairs in the auto industry. I also must admit that I will be saddened because of their loss not only as ships but as frequent regular visitors to narragansett bay. Despite the fact they were rarely painted and it showed, they both made for many wonderful photo shoots. I especially loved catching the pilot coming off the ships as they leave the bay. I will go back through my files and attempt to get all the series I have of the 2 sisters uploaded into a nice presentation. Time will tell if the Sea Venus (sister ship to the Sirius and Coral) will also meet the same fate...

Lets hope not yet at least..

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M.V. Sea Wave IMO# 8014227 safe at last...
Sunday March 1, 2009 at 9:43 PM by Rod
The M.V. Sea Wave's (IMO# 8014227) troubles seem to have diminished and she arrived in Providence on the evening of February 27th and promptly began loading cars. She departed around 20:00 hrs on Saturday bound for Wilmington Deleware to "top off" before departing across the Atlantic. Is this the last time Sea Wave will visit Narragansett bay? I would say no. Is this the last time Sea Wave will have similar mechanical issues and tardiness of bill paying? I would say DEFINATELY not!
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