Great post. I'm going through some of these issues as well..
Why does the bow look so strange.? At first I thought a hatch was open because the crane had an odd configuration and it looked like something was loaded in front. But as it went under the bridge there didn't seem to be anything in back of the bow? Casna
Interesting design --- looks like it can handle high waves.
Aha! It looks like they would slide right off, thanks, glad it's intentional and not a mishap of some kind. Casna
http://duluthshippingnews.com/ship1172/Here's some good photos that show the design a bit closer. Nothing about the reason though. The ship can carry grain or heavy equipment like wind thingies. Casna