Freighters in the Port of Providence: A February Morning Scene. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl

February 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Freighters in the Port of Providence: A February Morning Scene

Freighter Alongside Gantries

Freighter Alongside Gantries 20240212 02 P1000037_displayFreighter Alongside Gantries 20240212 02 P1000037_displayGantry cranes in the unloading position alongside a freighter in ProvPort, Providence, Rhode Island

The Port of Providence, also known as ProvPort, is one of the busiest deep-water ports in the northeast of the United States. It is located at the convergence of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River, and it handles a variety of bulk, break bulk, and project cargoes.

On a typical February morning, you can see two freighters alongside their piers in the port. One is docked next to large gantry cranes that are unloading containers from its deck. The other is preparing to get underway, as evidenced by the smoke coming from its stacks.

These two freighters represent the different stages of the maritime trade cycle that takes place in ProvPort. The one that is being unloaded has just arrived from a foreign destination, bringing goods and commodities to the local market. The one that is leaving has just loaded up with exports, ready to sail to another port and deliver its cargo.

The port is a vital link in the global supply chain, connecting Rhode Island and the region with the rest of the world. It supports thousands of jobs, generates millions of dollars in economic activity, and contributes to the state’s environmental goals by reducing truck traffic and emissions3.

The port is also a dynamic and diverse place, where you can find ships of different sizes, shapes, and flags. Some of the vessels that frequent the port include tankers, bulk carriers, barges, tugboats, and pocket cruise ships.

The port is open 24/7, 365 days a year, regardless of the weather conditions. Even in the cold and snowy winter months, the port is busy and bustling with activity. The freighters and their crews brave the elements to keep the trade flowing and the economy growing.

The next time you visit Providence, take a moment to admire the view of the port and the freighters. They are more than just ships; they are symbols of the Rhode Island's history, culture, and future.

Freighter Preparing to Get Underway from ProvPort

Frieghter Preparing to Get Underway from ProvPort 20230212 P1000038_displayFreighter Preparing to Get Underway from ProvPort 20230212 P1000038_displayA frieghter preparing to get underway from ProvPort as evidenced by the smoke emanating from the stack. Providence, Rhode Island

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