Port of Vancouver, USA recently welcomed the M/V Star Java, captained by Edilberto F. Cruz from the Philippines, on her maiden voyage to Vancouver, Washington. The M/V Star Java is owned by Grieg Shipping of Bergen, Norway; operated by Star Shipping, and represented locally by General Steamship Corporation of Portland, Oregon. Capt. Cruz and the 22-member crew were welcomed to Vancouver by Lucky Hewavitharana, from Star Shipping; Bryan Smith, Operations Vessel Manager for General Steamship; Paul DeBolt, Vessel Operations Manager for Marine Terminals Corp.; Ron Gill, Operations Manager for Jones Stevedoring, and Alastair Smith, Senior Director of Marketing and Operations, and Mike Schiller, Operations Manager, both from the Port of Vancouver.

The M/V Star Java is the third vessel in a series of three to be delivered from Tamano, Japan, in the period up to 2008.

A general cargo vessel, the M/V Star Java is 198 meters in length and has a total 44,837 deadweight tons, with 11 holds/hatches and two Mitsui Paceco traveling 68 long-ton gantry cranes. The vessel is compliant with environmental IMO Requirements meeting low emissions engine compliance.

The M/V Star Java discharged cargo from the Far East at Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 3, stevedored by Marine Terminals Corporation and Jones Stevedoring. After leaving the Port of Vancouver, the vessel will sail to Los Angeles and San Francisco before proceeding to its final destination, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.