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"Columbia River Round Up"

Feature Date: June, 2003

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"Columbia River Roundup"

On The Scene

Along The Columbia River

At Port of Portland (PDX)

28 March 2003

The Cargo Nightmare 2nd Prize Winner!

The Time: Morning

The Date: 28 March 2003

The Place: The Columbia River At Portland, Oregon

"Rawhide" a song for the Columbia River Roundup of March 2003

Keep movin', movin', movin',

Though they're disapprovin',

Keep them dogies movin', rawhide.

Don't try to understand 'em,

Just rope 'em, throw, and brand 'em.

Soon we'll be livin' high and wide.

My heart's calculatin',

My true love will be waitin',

Be waitin' at the end of my ride.

Move 'em on, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em on,

Move 'em on, head 'em up, rawhide!

Head 'em out, ride 'em in,

Ride 'em in, let 'em out,

Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, rawhide!


"Keep rollin', rollin', rollin',

Though the streams are swollen,

Keep them dogies rollin', rawhide.

Through rain and wind and weather,

Hell bent for leather,

Wishin' my gal was by my side.

All the things I'm missin',

Good vittles, love and kissin',

Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Move 'em on, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em on,

Move 'em on, head 'em up, rawhide!

Head 'em out, ride 'em in,

Ride 'em in, let 'em out,

Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, rawhide!


 Music From The 1950's - 1960's TV Western - "Rawhide!"

In 1891, the Oregon legislature created the Port of Portland -- to dredge a shipping channel from Portland -- 100 miles to the sea. Portland was in 1891 -- the American Far West -- cattle country, still a land of cowboys, gunfighters & wagon trains along the Oregon Trail.

The Port of Portland responsibilities now include owning & maintaining 5 marine terminals, 4 airports (Portland Int'l, Hillsboro, Mulino & Troutdale airports) and 7 business parks.

On 28 March 2003 the cattle herding heritage of Portland was to be relived -- sort of.

On the morning of 28 March 2003, PDX Terminal 6 is awaiting 102 containers of product from up on the Snake River at Port Lewiston, Idaho with a U.S. export cargo of peas, lentils & paper.

Over 100 Miles Up The Columbia River, from the Pacific Ocean, Port of Portland (PDX) Terminal 6 consists of 488 acres for containers, autos & intermodal rail yard operations.

The 102 container groupage will be delivered down the Snake River this mornng by the Tidewater Barge Lines "Big Bin" barge -- a well known barge carrier of the Columbia River.

At the transshipment Port of Portland an Italia Line long haul vessel will receive these containers for transit down the Columbia River, to the Pacific Ocean -- and thence to Europe for delivery.

It is March 28 2003. This is still Oregon cowboy country -- but no one expected the need to herd ocean containers!

Yee Ha!

Tidewater Barge Lines "Big Bin" barge was loaded in Lewiston, Idaho with export cargoes of peas & lentils (100 containers) & paper products (2 containers).

The containers were destined to load an Italia Line vessel at PDX Terminal 6.

After removing 2 continers from the "Big Bin" by port gantry crane -- the "Big Bin" started to heel over. It remained that way for a short while -- then capsized -- dumping 100 containers into the Mighty Columbia.

Several tugs came alongside to "corral" the floating containers -- keeping them from "straying" out to the "open range" -- into the main stream of the Columbia River. But Geeez! -- we're talking about 100 containers!
 Time for the "Columbia River Round-Up." Head 'em out, ride 'em in, Cut 'em out, ride 'em in, rawhide!
Though the streams are swollen, Keep them dogies rollin', rawhide. -- Tug Wranglers!

This is perhaps the first recorded event of "Container Wrangling!" at a "Columbia River Round-Up."

Get along little container -- for Italy would have been your new home!

The "Columbia River Roundup" continued. As of March 31 2003, -- 4 days of "Container Wrangling" later -- 20 containers still continued afloat in the Columbia River. Work of the "River Wrangler Tugs" continuned for another day.

The "Big Bin" barge was towed (still upside down) down river to another dock.

Good vittles, love and kissin', Are waiting at the end of my ride!

Yee Ha! The Columbia River Container Round Up was over!

No cause is yet determined for the "Columbia River Roundup". The PDX Terminal 6 gantry crane was also damaged as the spreader beam was still attached and could not release when Tidewater Barge Lines "Big Bin" barge started to heel over. Damage to the crane was limited to the hoisting wires and loss of the spreader beam.

For 2002, Lloyd's of London esitimted that 10,000 containers went "overside" -- but we do not believe this includes river traffic, as here.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.  It's dangerous out there.

INDEX TO OUR "Columbia River Container Round Up" PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:

Columbia River

Columbia River Gorge

Italia di Navigazione S.p.A.

Port Lewiston

Port of Portland

Facilities Maps

Snake River

Tidewater Shipping & Transport -- Tidewater is engaged in both the terminaling & transportation of export containers from the upriver Ports of Lewiston, Idaho, Pasco, Washington, & Boardman, Oregon.

The Oregon Trail

Historic Container Disasters --

M/V OOCL America - Feb. 2000

M/V APL China - world's greatest container disaster of all time - Nov. 1998

Contributors To Our
"Columbia River Roundup" Feature
By special request -- the contributors to this feature wish to remain anonymous
 Thanks to all our contributors,

NOTE: Please Provide Us With Your Additional Information For This Loss.

EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

NOTE: The Cargo Letter wants you to know that by keeping the identity of our contributors 100% Confidential, you are able to view our continuing series of "Cargo Disasters." Our friends send us materials which benefit the industry. The materials are provided to our news publication with complete and enforceable confidentiality for the sender. In turn, we provide these materials to you.  

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