Captain Bill Yowell guides the Indiana Harbor
toward the dock at Nanticoke.
Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2513
Approaching the dock at U.S. Steel's Lake Erie Works sends hundred of seagulls in motion from their roosting spot.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2538
Hatch covers are unclamped as the vessel approaches the dock.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2495
The vessel's landing chair, the "Bosun's Chair" is prepared as the vessel nears the dock.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2550
The ship's First Mate radios distances to the dock to the captain in the pilot house.
It takes a team effort to bring a ship of this size securely to the dock. Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2548
When the vessel is close enough to the dock the deckhands are lowered over the side to the dock below.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2556
Once they are in position on the dock, the deckhands (Hamzah and Mohammed Mohsin)
are thrown "heaving lines" that are tied to the main mooring wires. The mooring wires are then pulled to
bollards located on the dock.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2573
Bosun Mike Presser pays out the mooring cable to the deckhands on the dock.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2596
"Mo" bringing mooring cable to dock bollard at the after end of the ship.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2576
AB Watchman Kevin Wimbley assists in paying out the mooring cables.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2494
While the vessel is being tied up, hatch covers are being removed in preparation for unloading.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2607
Conveyorman Daryl Overby stands by while the boom is spotted over the unloading hopper.
The conveyorman is in charge of running the ship's unloading equipment.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2643
First Mate Dan Fischer works with the dock personnel to position the boom over the hopper.
The mate's are positioned at the hopper to monitor the unload to avoid spillage. Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2626
Wheelsman Bob Hedine communicates with the mate stationed at the hopper
to move the ship's
unloading boom into the correct positon for unloading.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2495
Watchman Kevin Wimbley assists on the mooring winches as the vessel's final position at the hopper is set.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2637
While the final spot is being made, 3rd Mate Bart Romero checks the unloading sequence for the vessel.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2632
Within minutes of being tied up to the dock Conveyorman Daryl Overby has the unloading system running
and the first of over 65,000 tons of pellets begin to flow into the dockside hopper.Nanticoke, July 12, 2012, Image 12-2656