Three ships from Shell’s Arctic fleet now in at Terminal 5

As photographed from Jack Block Park, that’s the Aiviq, one of three ships from Shell‘s Arctic-drilling fleet now docked at West Seattle’s Terminal 5. (Thanks to Ted for the three-ship tip.) Out of view to the right is the canary-yellow-hulled Tor Viking, and to the left is Harvey Explorer:

So what are they doing here, you ask, considering Shell shelved its drilling plans, and sent the largest member of the fleet, the platform Polar Pioneer, to Port Angeles? there are still some loose ends to tie up, as T-5 tenant Foss Maritime‘s spokesperson Paul Queary had mentioned back in September. And that’s what’s happening now, Queary tells WSB today: “Foss has a lease with the Port of Seattle through January 2017, with options to renew. We are actively pursuing business for the terminal. For now, we continue to serve our current customer as they wind down their project.”

SIDE NOTE: Looking further into Terminal 5’s future, you’ll recall that the port has launched the Environmental Impact Statement process for its “modernization” project – while you can get information and comment via the “online open house” that continues until Nov. 23, also remember that the in-person “scoping meeting” is now eight days away, at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW) on Thursday, November 12th, 5:30-8:30 pm. (A rep of the neighborhood group that campaigned for the environmental review is also on tonight’s Southwest District Council agenda, as mentioned in our daily preview.)

4 Replies to "Three ships from Shell's Arctic fleet now in at Terminal 5"

  • get thee gone November 4, 2015 (1:58 pm)

    So long.
    Zeg vaarwell Dutch Shell.

  • Peter November 4, 2015 (6:25 pm)

    Good. The port continues to make money off them even after Shell’s failure at and abondonment of arctic drilling. Win win! Now I’ll just stop by the Shell station to top off the tank …

  • me November 5, 2015 (12:44 pm)

    boo! hiss.

  • Jim November 5, 2015 (8:54 pm)

    Hate Shell? Don’t buy Shell gas. Hate oil producers? Don’t buy gas at all. Don’t buy products made from oil or products moved to market by oil.

    Hate the idea of Arctic drilling? Then accept the security risk of importing oil from repressive regimes who don’t really like us all that much and who violate the human rights of the own people.

    We will migrate from a fossil-fuel economy at some point in the future, but it won’t be tomorrow or next year or next decade.

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