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Freighter runs aground in Astoria
By KGW and AP Staff
A 623-foot-long freighter lost power and ran aground early Friday at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria.
The Apollon ran hard aground at the tip of Clatsop Spit shortly before 5:30 a.m. It is loaded with wheat and carrying at least 1,000 metric tons of fuel.
The Coast Guard said there have been no injuries reported and the ship does not appear to be leaking.
The ship was heading out of the Columbia River and into the Pacific Ocean when it ran aground on the sandy bottom, said Mark Dobney, Coast Guard spokesman. The freighter is from Limasol, Peru.
The Apollon was built in 2002 and is a double-hulled freighter. Several commercial tugs were en route to try to tow the freighter back to port, Dobney said.
"The hull is intact, there's no damage to the ship, no injuries and no pollution," Dobney said.
 

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What is your source for news? :smile:
IFISH?

Man, too weird when I always hear it first on ifish! Maybe I spend too much time here!

That's awful. I'll go watch the real news now.
Jen
 

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glad no one was hurt and that there was no pollution.. However being the stir the pot kinda guy that i am i'll take the opportunity to submit that. 1. Portland is a stupid place to have a port for sea going ships. 2. the shipping companies should pay 100% of the bill for deepening the channel. and just to let everyone know international shipping is the single largest source of unregulated pollution in the world.. and not just air pollution never know whats in that bilge and ballast water they dum wherever they feel like it..
 

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Stated the boat lost power Pete. Haven't seen any pictures yet. Sure glad it is a new double hull design too.


Rob, the only thing I can agree with you on is the bilge water deal. :cheers: The rest of your concerns will never be accomplished in our lifetime. The economic implications are to great.
 

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I am sorry to say that I disagree in regards to the ships and pollution. Furthermore, They do not have to come to Portland at all. They could just as well go to Seattle, San Fran, Oakland, Seattle or Vancouver BC. Then the companies that utilize the ships services can hire thousands more trucks to be on the roads dragging all the consumables to Oregon from alternate ports and vise versa. (that are pleased to accomodate the ships and their crews.)

The chain effect would cause more trucks to be on the road, creating more air pollution and traffic, along with making all consumables more expensive. Let's just imagine tacking on about 10-20% to our receipts onto all of our fishing gear alone.

In my opinion, pound per pound the ships actually are distributing products with less pollution than having literally thousands of more heavy trucks on our roads.

I utilize trucks, ships and airplanes in the line of work that I am in, so I am somewhat familiar with their activities.

Thanks for stirring the pot!!!! Gave me something to chew on this AM!!!

[ 09-26-2003, 10:23 AM: Message edited by: Crabby ]
 

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Originally posted by rob allen:
1. Portland is a stupid place to have a port for sea going ships.
<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">Shoulda told Mr. Lovejoy and Mr. Pettygrove ...
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Unfortunately, Rob is correct: Merchant vessels are the largest unregulated source of air pollution in the world. Go to Google and search under "merchant vessels and air pollution" and you will find reviewed scientific studies. Many cities in europe with large ports are now suffering severe vessel-caused air pollution.
Given the problems we already have with air quality in the gorge, just think where we are going if three additional feet of rock gets blasted out of the river channel.
 

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Pound for pound and ton for ton there is no more economic or less polluting method of moving large quantities of freight than on the water. Consider that the amount of cargo on this ship would mean about one thousand eight hundred and sixty trucks on our highways!! This is a grain ship and approximately 360 grain ships load in the Columbia River each year. What would you be saying about an additional 670,000 trucks on our highways each and every year?? Certainly there are drawbacks with ships as with any type of transportation but ships and barges are by far the most economic and envrionmentally friendly by far.
 

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It would be interesting to see how we should have international commerce without ships. Air freight is a tad expensive. Nothing is perfect. Ships have a place.

Interesting to hear what happened.

Mark and the dog.
 

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If it was up to me the Tongue Point site would be the new NW grain export terminal. Already a deep water port with direct rail service...and no 100 mile trip up the river....nah...makes too much sense. :hoboy: :wink:
 
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