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Many thanks to Bjoern Kils of nymediaboat.com for use of this foto.  Check out Bjoern’s website here.

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And many thanks to Phil Little for the rest of these shots.  I’m certain Phil won’t object to sharing the text that accompanied these fotos, as it too captures the moment:

“I went to the viewing site today at 8:30 am, and saw the tow pass under the VN Bridge at about 9:00. I checked in with the Thruway person, and had no trouble with acceptance of my Tugster credentials (my honest face!)  The Lauren Foss stopped out in the middle of the bay to drop the wire, and two other tugs took it “on the hip”, arranged along its (boom facing aft) port side, the Weeks Elizabeth at the front and an iced-up unknown tug (Iver Foss?)at the after end position. Lauren Foss stood by like an anxious parent.  It was awesome to see these tugs then guide the Lifter in toward the Cruise Ship dock, and turn it with precision into the near-shore channel, proceeding northwest toward the Weeks yard. It glided along in front of in front of us, not 100 feet away, aboard the royal barge, the mighty King of Cranes!  They swung into the final turn toward Weeks, against the backdrop of the new Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. In the yard, waiting, it looked for all the world like a huge flock of red and white-necked herons were about to welcome this strange new powerful creature who would lead them in plucking prizes out of the Hudson!  What a show!”

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As of this writing, I believe the two Foss tugs are refueling, resupplying, and possibly re-crewing . . . in preparation to return to sea for the next job.

Bjoern and Phil . . . thanks much.

It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others.  But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning.

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Touchdown!!

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And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP.

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Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews!

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

Here and here  she was at the southernmost arc of the voyage.

Thanks to Les Sonnenmark and Peter Lellow for helping me “see” what I was just looking at.  Last week I got some fotos of Düsseldorf Express leaving the sixth boro via the KVK.  See anything different?

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Watch the vessel . . . .

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There . . . the aftmost starboard container.  What is so special about it?

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Here’s a foto Peter sent me . . . a container ship in port hooked up to shore power.  Cold ironing . . . I’d heard about it but never known what it looked like.  I don’t know if the service already exists in Port Elizabeth . ..  but this vessel is equipped.

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Click here and here for more info on the system to reduce ship emissions in port.

I took the first three fotos.  Thanks much to Les and Peter for directing and educating my eyes.

I’m very impressed . . . all the images I put up yesterday got identified and within a few hours either in comments section or on Facebook.

The top foto yesterday came from Thomas Scian of the USS Slater project in Albany.  Click here to read the latest Slater Signals publication with info about the upcoming dry-docking.   Thomas has promised to keep us informed about the tow down the Hudson around mid-February–in two weeks or so already– so that this transit can be well-photographed.  I took the foto below back in September 2013.  Here’s the navsource.org info on Slater.

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The engine room pics came from Kelsey Patrick Connors.  The first engine room is from Navigator, with twin EMDs 12-645-e4, 2150hp each.   Here’s a foot of Navigator Norfolk-bound out  the Narrows.

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Some of you commented on how clean the Detroit Diesel was.  It’s one of two 16-cylinder 149s at 900 hp that power Outrageous.   I took these fotos of Outrageous in May 2009.

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Thanks much to Kelsey and Thomas for use of the pics.   Thanks all of you for your answers.   I have no news on Sea Lion.

Lots of images you can try to identify today, but I’ll hold any further info until tomorrow.

First . . .  this vessel will be visible and will be an interesting subject of photographs from many points along the Hudson next month,  February.  Clue:  Note the hull  color.

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Unrelated to the top foto . . . any guesses about this and

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and this from the same vessel and

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this from the same fleet?   Both vessels are occasional visitors in the sixth boro.

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And finally . . . from a secret salt, a foto easy to identify.  My question in whether there’s any news about this incident.

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You’ll have some answers tomorrow.

Finally . . . here are some of my favorite ice pics on the Hudson taken a few years back by Paul Strubeck.

And here’s hat’s off to my Canadian cousins . . . if case you missed this late addition to yesterday’s post.

What’s this?  Reptile skin?

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A major East coast river.

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Here’s the post I did when Reinauer Twins came to the sixth boro for the first ever time.  What pushes this bow through the ice . . .

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some 400+ feet back . . .

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is Reinauer Twins in her third winter, probably

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her toughest winter yet.

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Hope the cabins are warm . . .

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The unit goes through the ice like a dart.

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I can’t wait til July, myself.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

A late addition .  . I’ll add it to tomorrow’s post too . . . what would our northern neighbors do on a river like this?  You gotta see it here.

Here was a post I did four years ago.  Scroll through and the second image from last is an icebreaking run I did with Cornell in the Kingston NY area.  Here were my posts Ice 2 and the first Ice.

Below . . . a foto from Gerard Thornton showing Gary Nelson on Gage Paul Thornton.  Gary seems to be keeping relatively good humor in spite of the cold.

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Gulf Dawn returns a dredge scow to the AK.

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See the icicles on an anchor which less than a month ago was splashed with tropical water.

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Margaret and Laura K. Moran assist Valle Azzurra in from sea.

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McAllister Sisters heads upriver with

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RTC 60 and –I’m speculating– lots of heating oil for New York state homes.

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McAllister Girls –here passing Sassafras–is a boat I haven’t seen in a while.

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Thanks to Gerard Thornton for the first foto;  all others by Will Van Dorp, who believes that one reason to put up such cold fotos  is so that we can look back in July and feel delightfully cooled by these images.

Here was 5 in this series.

This is the view from the bridge looking forward on Key Frontier, built 2011 in Maizuru, Japan.  From this point to the bow is 638′ and to the stern is about 100′.   Note the approaching tug and barge.


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The length on the tug is 64′ .

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The orange tanker in the distance is 800′.  See the crewman standing  on the edge of hold #4 just to the left of the green half mark for the helipad?  He’s around 6′.

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He’s a spotter for activity below inside the hold.

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The bucket can hold holds 30 tons when full.

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When a hold is just about empty, a loader is lowered to assist in filling the bucket.

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These trucks can hold up to 40 tons.  The ship transports between 50 and 60 thousand tons.

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Safe driving on the ice.

All Fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Thanks to Brian DeForest for access to the process.

Here Key Frontier‘s itinerary for the past six months:

2014 January 23rd, 14:30:44 UTC New York /u.s.a.
2013 December 26th, 12:00:22 UTC Tocopilla /chile
2013 November 19th, 22:00:34 UTC Roberts Banks
2013 November 19th, 22:00:25 UTC Roberts Banks
2013 November 19th, 22:00:14 UTC English Bay Anch.
2013 October 21st, 10:00:12 UTC Lanshan/china
2013 August 19th, 19:00:37 UTC Mejillones/chile
2013 August 9th, 15:00:13 UTC Cristobal,panama
2013 July 31st, 15:00:14 UTC Baltimore/usa
2013 July 12th, 21:30:58 UTC Rotterdam/netherland

Roberts Bank and English Bay are both in British Columbia.

Here was 27.

Ken Bailey of Michigan Exposures sent along this foot of a cold Detroit River with icebreaking being done by a bulk carrier Ojibway, same vintage as the SS United States AND Badger.

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Last week’s weather fotos from Brian DeForest . . . Atlantic Conveyer cuts through a hint of fog, assisted by Charles D. and

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Ellen McAllister. 

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Next, two significantly different ship departure fotos from Phil Little.  Norwegian Gem 2007, 965 ft., thanks to pod propulsion, backs out with no, no fuss, no slewing around.  Notable is what’s not seen,  harbor tugs!

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Carnival Splendor, 2008, 950 ft. has a 2-shaft propulsion arrangement, older technology.  And  definitely needs an assist.  Margaret Moran pushing against her stern

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rolls to port as it bears hard to get Splendor turned into the flow.

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I took the remaining fotos here earlier this week . ..  along a congested KVK.

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I’m not sure what this container is.

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My parting shot . . . Elizabeth McAllister assisting Zim Shang Hai.

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For more icy Great Lakes fotos, check tugboathunter’s site.

Thanks to Ken, Brian, and Phil for these fotos.

This first foto is by a secret salt . . . showing Dory (1978) and Captain Zeke (1980) tandem towing  beach-lounging 125′ deck barge back onto the water.

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And  . . . attributed by the watermark . . . fotos from last week before Janus chilled the town,  Atlantic Conveyor gets an assist from Charles D. McAllister (1967).

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Shelby (1978) also worked in the January fog.  Thanks, Brian.

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And the rest of the fotos are mine:  the seldom-seen Specialist (1956?), here close and

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closer.

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Two Coasts . . . Chesapeake (2011) and Emerald (1973).

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Resolute (1975) about to pass Düsseldorf Express (1998),

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And from Philly . . .  High Roller (1969) with The Recycler (1989 . . . from THE George Steinbrenner’s yard in Nashville, TN.  Here’s some history on The Recycler and its twin.

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Many thanks to the secret salt and Brian DeForest for their fotos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

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