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Port of Portland Monday, August 18, 2008

M.V. Angela unloads at the Port of Portland Aug. 14. The Panama-registered vessel carries bulk goods around the world.

I had the cool experience of shooting at the Port of Portland on Thursday, where the M.V. Angela was unloading steel billets at Terminal 6. When the stevedores took their lunch break, I got to go aboard the ship for a look in the hold.

[right] Steel billets sit inside the hold of the M.V. Angela.

It was pretty much what you'd expect—basically a big void inside the hull, separated by four bulkheads. Really, there's nothing but space in the ship forward of the bridge. Still, pretty impressive in a 17-metre (55-foot) deep by 32-metre (106-foot) wide boat. (M.V. Angela is 190 metres (623 feet) long. Read more about it here.)

Terminal 6 is mainly a container terminal. The stacks of containers looked pretty cool, so I took some pictures. But the blogger system seems to be down right now so I can't upload them ... you'll have to wait until later.