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Photographer:Oldkayaker [View profile]Title:PACIFIC SPIKEAdded:Mar 09, 2018
Captured:March 08, 2018IMO:9681998Hits:996
Location:Martinez, Benicia, United States
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 2011-2020 (Over 3000gt)
Pacific Spike
first time spotted around here, transiting out of the Carquinez Strait, about to pass under the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, near the Port of Martinez, CA,USA
Call sign - 2EEX6
DWT - 24041 tons
Built - 2014
Flag - Panama
check out the bow anchor holders
Vessel Identification
Name:Pacific Spike
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:20,506 tons
Summer DWT:30,000 tons

Additional Information
Class society:Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Build year:2014
AIS Information
Last known position:
37°37’11.91” N, 123°36’8.47” W
Speed, course (heading):
11.0kts, 282° (283°)
Arrival:8th Mar 2018
15:00:38 UTC
Last update:
4 days 11 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 March 8th, 15:00:38 UTCUs_sck_
2018 February 8th, 08:30:44 UTCJp_ywh
2018 January 8th, 22:00:41 UTCUs_sck_
2017 December 9th, 03:00:40 UTCJp Ywh
2017 November 10th, 05:00:42 UTCUs Sck
2017 October 9th, 15:00:39 UTCJp Ywh
2017 September 18th, 04:00:43 UTCSck Rri 19
2017 September 18th, 02:00:41 UTCUs Sck
2017 September 10th, 04:00:26 UTCCa Nwm
2017 July 11th, 22:00:36 UTCUs Sck
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Photo Comments (8)

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Patalavaca on Mar 09, 2018 17:54 (12 days ago)
Thanks Oldkayaker for the excellent image, and thanks to andrecas & Bjørn for the relevant information.
Great work, much enjoyed.
Oldkayaker on Mar 09, 2018 16:48 (12 days ago)
Thanks, and thanks, Andrecas, for the inside info about Pacific Spike's unique design for hauling and delivering railroad rails. Good to know.
andrecas on Mar 09, 2018 14:29 (12 days ago)
Interesting ship. Nice upload.
Union Pacific Railroad apparently the first in the North American rail industry to import long rail from Japan* to a custom welding facility at a U.S. port.
U-P long-rail strategy calls for importing 480-foot sections** of rail from Japan, then welding 3 of them together to form 1/4 mile long strings.

*Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.
There are no manufacturers of rail that long in U.S.A.
And there were no ships capable of carrying rail that long as well (Until Pacific Spike).

**Instead of 18 standard 80-ft lengths. The advantage-needing only 2 welds to create a 1/4 mile string vs 17 with shorter rail (about a 90% reduction in welds).

Below additional information regarding subject ship....

"In late 2010, UP managers began to hold discussions with Nippon officials about shipping the high-strength, head-hardened and continuous-cast rail to the United States in 480-foot lengths. Nippon agreed to design and build the "Pacific Spike," the world’s first long-rail ship. It took 18 months to build the ship, which was completed in August 2014.
The 623-foot, 23,000-ton Pacific Spike features three cranes designed to simultaneously unload five rails weighing 10 tons. The rail is shipped to the Port of Stockton, Calif., where UP built an $18 million facility to weld the long rail. The welding facility is equipped with an overhead crane designed to lift the heavy rail.
The long rail is unloaded from the Pacific Spike, stacked three bundles high onto specially designed rail cars and moved from the dock to custom storage and welding areas. Standard weld techniques are used to create the 1,440-foot strings because "it’s the same type of premium rail, just with fewer welds," says Kelley.
The long rail also can be installed the same way as quarter-mile-long sections of continuous-welded rail.
So far, three ships have delivered the long rail to the port and welding operations continue."

Source: Rail Insider
3SX on Mar 09, 2018 12:02 (12 days ago)
That’s long rail carrier
MattyBoy on Mar 09, 2018 10:46 (12 days ago)
I'm in love !! 12 beautiful hatches !! Can't wait to see more of her in the coming years. Great posting oldkayaker.
husni ibrahim nasution on Mar 09, 2018 05:50 (13 days ago)
Pulp possible? on Mar 09, 2018 05:08 (13 days ago)
can't understand why they can't build anchor holders lighter. There must be quite some steel on the inside to support them. But what l find more impressive is the size of the hatches. A lot of understow in the holds. For what special cargo was she built?
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