ANL Warrnambool, Tymac Spray and F.W. Wright by Arthur Simpkins

Container ship ANL Warrnambool, passenger vessel Tymac Spray and tugboat F.W. Wright in Fraser River

Departure Day by Arthur Simpkins

Departure Day

Imagine you are a cargo ship called “NYK DAEDALUS.” You are 294.12m (964.96 ft) long and 32.2m (105.64 ft) wide. You are carrying a load of shipping containers.

Today you are docked, facing upriver, at Fraser Surrey Docks. You’re ready to leave for Oakland, California. Who is going to help you turn around?

You call tugboats “SMIT PRIDE” from SAAM SMIT Towage Canada and “KOOTENAY” from Samson Tug Boats for assistance.

This slideshow demonstrates just a fraction of the teamwork required to safely get a large vessel underway.

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Cap Blanche by Arthur Simpkins

Container ship "CAP BLANCHE" at Fraser Surrey Docks in the Port of Vancouver.

Built in 2006 and sailing under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda. The ship is owned by Blanche Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. and managed by Harmstorf & Co., both from Germany.

The ship is 221.62 m. long and 29.8 m. wide. Her container capacity is 2,742 TEU and she has a crew of 18.

On January 25, 2014, Cap Blanche was grounded in the Fraser River for approximately 30 minutes. The vessel was refloated with minimal damage. There were no injuries.