Port of Grays Harbor

PGH Welcomes M/V STX Harmony Maiden Voyage

October 2010 - Forest products exports continue to grow through the Port of Grays Harbor as STX Pan Ocean’s M/V STX Harmony makes the first of many visits.

Aberdeen, WA – Longshore workers began lowering loads of debarked logs into the hull of the M/V STX Harmony as dignitaries from both sides of the Pacific celebrated the maiden voyage, and first port of call of the 180 meter cargo vessel.

Harmony Maiden ceremony.

Pictured above from left are Mr. Haryong Lee - Korea Consul General in Seattle, Port Commissioner Stan Pinnick, Mr. Gary Nelson - Port Executive Director, Port Commissioner Jack Thompson, Mr. Pae Seon Ryung- Deputy President of STX Pan Ocean and Mr. Jay Lee - CEO of DK Korea.

The M/V STX Harmony sailed into the Port of Grays Harbor Monday morning and docked for the first time at Marine Terminal 4. Taking baled pulp and logs from the region, Washington State was doubly honored by being the first port of call of STX Pan Ocean’s M/V STX Harmony, as well as the origin of the first export cargoes to be loaded and shipped aboard the vessel.

Washington State Representative Lynn Kessler joined the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners and staff in welcoming the shippers, suppliers and many businesses directly tied to the vessel call.

DK Korea and DKoram Inc., charters of the vessel, have brought a resurgence of log exports from Grays Harbor to China and South Korea markets. The baled pulp, manufactured at northwest mills, was destine for Ssang Yong Paper of South Korea, a fully owned subsidiary of DK Korea. DKoram’s commitment to Grays Harbor began last spring with the first log export vessel to call from the Port of Grays Harbor in eight years. This visit is the first of many planned by the charterer and owner.

“Everyone here, and many others have directly impacted this cargo shipment from the people who manufactured the pulp, to the foresters in the woods to the truck drivers who delivered it to the dock,” reflected Leonard Barnes, Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Grays Harbor. “Celebrations like this remind us how many jobs are directly tied to the trade that happens here on the Port’s docks.”

Deputy President and CEO of STX Pan Ocean, Mr. Pae Seon Ryung welcomed the crowd and announced the M/V STX Harmony would be returning to Grays Harbor a minimum of six times. Applauding the trade relations was Mr. Haryong Lee, Consul General of Korea to the United States in Seattle. The visiting dignitaries, including the vessel Captain and Mr. Jay Lee of DK Korea Limited, were presented with gifts commemorating the maiden voyage to Grays Harbor.

The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deepwater marine terminals and hundreds of acres of marine industrial property. Only 1 1/2 vessel hours from open sea, Grays Harbor offers rail and highway access to markets throughout North America.