A three-story-high astronomical antenna destined for the high desert of northern Chile was discharged today off the M/V Seaboard Reliance in the Port of Antofagasta. The gigantic piece was loaded onto the vessel at Seaboard’s Jacintoport terminal at the Port of Houston in late December. It is the ninth in a shipment of 25 such mega-instruments designed to help world scientists delve deeper into the mysteries of the universe.
The 75-ton shipment arrived at Jacintoport as part of a convoy that left General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies plant in Kilgore, Texas two days earlier and was loaded on the Seaboard vessel bound for Chile. It is one of 25 such satellite dishes bound for the Atacama Desert of northern Chile at an elevation of about 16,500 feet above sea level.
David Labbe, Seaboard Regional VP, said, “We have historically handled a variety of oversized and valuable project cargoes, but this piece was particularly sensitive due to its scientific value. Although challenging, we were able to properly and safely deliver the huge instrument to Alma Observatory.”