7 March 2016

Tandem tow of Seabridge barges from Shanghai to Vancouver

In the morning of 2nd February 2016, the Terasea Falcon completed the hook up to 2 barges, the M8000-4 and the M8000-5. These were connected to her main and spare tow wires, through the dual towing pins on her deck. She then commenced a long voyage of almost 6400nm across the North Pacific Ocean and made good speed, achieving an average general speed of 7.8knots over 34 days. This was done with just one engine running most of time.

She also sailed through patches of rough weather which was a test of both man and machine. Through it all, she and her crew performed admirably and drew admiration from the MWS Surveyor who said

“Please thank the Captain and crew of the Terasea Falcon for their responsible action in adjusting the tow wires to accommodate the changing prevailing weather conditions.”

Our clients were also grateful for the assistance of the tug crew who showed good seamanship by making the effort to board the barge to check on conditions of the fittings aboard after passing through bouts of bad weather.

We are proud of the crew of Terasea Falcon who once again have distinguished themselves, meeting and exceeding the expectations of our clients.

Hooked up to the barges

Hooked up to the barges
Photo credit: Capt Neil Johnston, Terasea Falcon

Inbound to Vancouver

Inbound to Vancouver
Photo credit: Seabridge Marine