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656-foot 'Princess Haru' arrives in North Bend on maiden voyage

The ship will carry wood chips to Japan from North Bend and a few other locations around the world, July 26, 2017. (SBG)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- A 656-foot visitor from Japan has arrived in the bay area.

The "Princess Haru" arrived at the Oregon Chip Terminal in North Bend on its maiden voyage Wednesday.

The ship will carry wood chips to Japan from North Bend and a few other locations around the world.

The Princess Haru is expected to save more than 25 percent on fuel costs compared to the old ship.

"This commemorates the 50-year anniversary with Japan's relationship with Oregon North Bend Wood Chip Products for this year,” said Spencer Handel with Oregon Chip Terminal, “so it's a fitting time for the ship to be arriving after 50 years."

Handel says it'll take four days and four nights to fully load the ship.

A party will be held at the Mill Casino Friday to celebrate Princess Haru's maiden voyage.

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