So I'm driving home from work this morning, and because of an errand, my route takes me an exit or two further down the 110, into San Pedro. As those of us in the area know, this gives one a pretty neat overview of the western end of the Port of Los Angeles' Long Beach facility (It's really quite a sight if you all ever get the chance). And I noticed something odd.
A container ship being loaded (pretty sure their loading, and not unloading in the early morning hours, though it's possible I have that backward) at one of the closer piers. The Load didn't look terribly asymmetrical, but this ship had an unmistakable list (to starboard). Prominent enough that myself and the lady in the car with me could easily see this from the freeway. If I had to guess, I would say that it was at 1.5 to 1.75 degrees.
My question to the Ship Experts here is this. Is this normal? The load did look slightly unbalanced, but the thing is that the on deck load was stacked higher on the port side, so if anything, I'm guessing it should have been listing the other way. Obviously other forces are at work there. I'm wondering if there is a convention to the way these cargoes are off-loaded. It does look as though there are enough cranes to load the cargo evenly, but perhaps this is not possible for belowdecks loads?
Anyway, I'll be back out on the road in a few hours. If this ship is still there, and still doing this, I'll try to snag a shot or two. Thanks in advance guys!