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The Amazon is a huge treasure. Whatever H G Buelow was loading this day, its current position is the Mediterranean, having departed Istanbul in the direction of the Suez.
Mining and forestry send resources worldwide. Zhong Xiang is northwest bound off Kuala Lumpur today.
But as I go through my daughter’s fotos, I find myself more interested in the smaller local vessels, what occupies shallower waters.
Let’s go all the way back to these.
I’m curious what the white boxes here are used for.
Small scale fuel stop, designed for a sector of commercial transportation mostly gone from US waters.
The range is tremendous from one-passenger vessels and
docks/playgrounds on the waterfront stilt buildings and
very small versatile ferries to
This is waterfront/supra-water housing with water parks and
markets. What comes via small vessel from the “hinterwaters” includes lots of açaí and other products.
I love the lines of these boats.
Happy new year. Thoughtful old year’s day today. Peace!!
Many thanks to my daughter for taking these fotos.
Here was 9 in this series, mostly taken by my daughter last summer near the mouth of the Amazon. And since the holidays allow me to finally get the narrated version from her, I’m adding a set. She took all of these in Brasil, most in the Amapá state, with a trip over to the Pará state. . Yes, bowsprite . . . there’s a meia here too.
Note the river tugs Merlim and Excalibur, and the small boat moving in
Passenger vessels come in all shapes.
Passengers find a place where they can hang on, or
Cargo transfers happen under way.
Sleeping quarters are air conditioned.
Tug and barge transport is common.
Thanks Myriam. Maybe I’ll be your assistant next summer.
According to the calculations on my rusty cruncher . . .
this number has passed in the wee and dark and windy hours of Boxing Day.
A million . . . graphic ways of representing this would be . . . it would take 158 trips of Queen Sapphire, currently in the sixth boro, to deliver that many BMWs. Or the hold of a half-filled Bebedouro would contain enough Brazilian pulp for that much orange juice.
Wikipedia offers some other ways to represent a million.
Meanwhile, this is my next goal.
Here’s the proof.
I’m humbled and grateful. Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting. And thanks for the emails and private messages. The green coming out of the rusty cruncher above is getting to know so many of you. Thanks and more thanks. I never dreamed this was possible when I started the blog just after Thanksgiving 2006.
Meanwhile, I’ll be in the wooded upland between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico til after New Years’ begin.
Some backstory on Bebedouro and juice tankers in general can be read here. Today was as cloudy as the last time we met was sunny, but for me Bebe pierces any gloomy or doomy day.
Miriam Moran and Brendan Turecamo must have the same attraction to this Brazilian morsel, given how they pursue.
Bebedouro herself has traveled over 58,000 nautical miles since April 1, moving the divine southern juice from Brazil to Rotterdam and Newark.
Scroll through this post for more info on juice tanker technology.
Citrus Products Inc operates a facility over in Port Newark where Bebe and her sisters
deposit their cargo.
Note the ferry Islander on the left side of the foto.
All fotos taken by Will Van Dorp, this morning.
The days to use the westside pedestrian/cyclist lane of the Bayonne Bridge are winding down . . if plans are to be believed. And then, in 2014 or so when the work is completed, the walk/cycle lane will reside on the east side.
Note the bulb of a vessel appearing between the support members. I’m thinking that given the use of “flags of convenience” in this industry, this foto might make a suitable flag for an aquatic micronation like Republic of New Atlantis or Oceania.
Behold a possible 4892-teu vessel headed straight for the narrow channel at Mariners Harbor.
Fortunately, that trajectory will be modified by Amy C McAllister. But I wonder, what would happen if that bow tug should suddenly lose power.
That gray console on the portside bridge wing, can I cal that a bridge wing helm station?
Note the folded forward mast. Vessel is APL Oman. Any guesses where she was built? A clue is that builder is listed as a company named Daewoo.
Bruce A. McAllister acts as the starboard stern thruster.
She’s five days out of the Panama Canal. Here’s APL’s itinerary for the past two months:
|2012 August 19th, 13:00:31 UTC||New York|
|2012 August 14th, 04:00:44 UTC||Balboa|
|2012 July 29th, 00:00:08 UTC||Pusan|
|2012 July 27th, 08:30:05 UTC||Yang Shan|
|2012 July 25th, 00:30:49 UTC||Hongkong|
|2012 July 24th, 11:00:17 UTC||Yan Tian|
|2012 July 21st, 22:00:58 UTC||Yan Tian|
|2012 July 21st, 22:00:40 UTC||Hongkong|
|2012 July 19th, 22:30:28 UTC||Kaohsiung|
|2012 June 18th, 08:00:09 UTC||Norfolk|
The rotation is progressing well.
It seems the starboard bridge wing helm station is covered, so portside to the dock?
Color-coded overalls keep hierarchy pronounced?
While I’m up on my vantage point overlooking Newark Bay, I have a chance to see what else is around. From roughly far left to near right, it’s upper blue wheelhouse of DonJon boat, Bebedouro!!, an unidentified ferry, and Cashman’s drillboat Kraken.
All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp, whose computers are happier than they were yesterday.
And the place of construction for APL Oman . .. Daewoo Mangalia in Romania!!
. . . or I could say 12480 kms away. Here was the previous one in this series. Remember the port?
Well, in this port recently was this tug named Merlot and the green vessel . . . a large canoe? And yes, check here for tugs named chardonnay, shiraz, and pinotage. Nothing here yet named Ripple or Boone’s Farm . . . Here’s what Colin wrote about the green vessel:
“That ship ULSTEIN CLEAR is fresh as a daisy, built at ZHEJIANG SHIPBUILDING in China and delivered 31 MAY 2012. They also build them in BRAZIL where PETROBRAS ordered six and two have been built there and four will be complete during 2013. I have read that PETROBRAS have ordered quite a few drilling rigs for their offshore operations. On one of the ULSTEIN ships they have a crane mounted for wind farm operations. It lifts 5000 tons so very effectively. It will be used between England and Ireland.”
More info about this hull and its advantages for working in heavy sea–reduced motion and fuel efficiency– can be found here. Great videos and animations. Note the location of the exhausts. If you didn’t identify them, they
are the diagonals more visible here.
I don’t believe a vessel with this sort of bow has visited the sixth boro . . .
All fotos by colin Syndercombe, to whom I am grateful.
0r . . . from Creativity to a Barefoot Princess in the time some folks sleep in on Saturday mornings.
0826 . . . from my office near Snug Harbor, I see this parcel tanker pass inbound.
1107 . . . under the flare of Zim San Francisco, last appeared on this blog here. And that’s Vane’s Wicomico out between Robbins Reef Light and Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower (1929) in the distance.
1113 . . . San Fran, Bruce A., and Elizabeth. San Fran last appeared in the blog inbound as seen from the Bayonne Bridge four months ago here.
called either Barefoot Princess or Welcome to Patchogue. Note . . . that “patchogue” is a two syllable word. Twelve years ago, while going to that town to see a man about a boat, I made the error of asking if I was in “pa CHO gee” rhymes with “patchouli,” sort of.
Afterthought: Do you suppose Patchogue is unilaterally annexing NYC’s sixth boro?
Foto below was taken on July 3, 2012. Charles D. McAllister . . . featured here dozens of times, was assisting British Harmony (see name on lifeboat) out of IMTT Bayonne . . . for sea. Where? Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
MANAUS on the tug is the best clue.
All fotos in this post except the first one were taken by my daughter, Myriam, who’s on the Amazon all summer as a grad student. I bought her a camera and said . . . “tugster needs you,” and she’s been following through since mid-May while I’ve focused mostly on my end of the sixth boro, not hers. More on this later in this post. That’s a sweet ride below.
She’s based in Macapa and took this and all the others from her workboat. No, she doesn’t drive it.
this. Right now Ikan Suji is Shanghai bound with a hold filled with Amazonian raw materials, I’d bet.
From Macapa to Manaus upriver is 500 to 600 air miles. Stadt Gera, in Macapa today, was in the sixth boro and on this blog a year and a half ago.
And here’s why I put the foto of Charles D. McAllister and British Harmony first: British Harmony is about halfway up the Amazon to Manaus as I write this. One really can get anywhere watery from the sixth boro. Knowing that and having concrete reminders like this are not the same.
From fishermen, people with cameras along the KVK, and Macy’s barge waiting for the 2012 Independence Day fireworks . . . to kids in wooden boats like this . . . all seen by crew on British Harmony on the same trip . . . I find amazing.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of another watershed. Myriam certainly has the gallivant gene. Here’s some self-disclosure. 39 years ago (!!) I traveled to my first professional job about 500 miles up the Congo River on a huge tugboat named Major Vangu, pushing four deck barges. The tug had 8 or 10 “staterooms” and a bar/restaurant for paying first class passengers. Second class were on a barge with shade, and third class slept among the cargo (barrels of fuel, trucks, crates of beer, misc . . .) on the other barges. It took four days and nights to get from Kinshasa to Mbandaka, near where I spend the next two years. The reason for the choice of a tug was the airplane was non-functioning and roads to get there would have taken weeks. Making this realization today suggests the need for a long river trip next year. . . . hmmmm . . . .
Related: Several times I tried unsuccessfully to find good profile shots of Major Vangu, which sank in 1979. Anyone have ideas on finding fotos of the old Onatra vessels like Major Vangu?
A week ago, I posted this foto (last one scrolling through) and asked where it was taken. Answer is Brazil. And the relationship to this foto is what? Buchanan 12 was built 1972 in Louisiana, but the black ship in the foreground handmade with woods such as olanje, jaquera, pau oleo . . .
was built in Brasil about 50 miles southwest of Salvador. It’s a replica of Niña as seen from . .. Pinta. Both hurried through Manhattan earlier this week on their way here in Newburgh until this Sunday.
Next stop is then Rochester, NY (click for schedule) . . . which means unstepping the masts and traversing the Erie Canal via Oswego. From there it’s the Great Lakes and ultimately the Mississippi.
Pinta was launched in 2005 from the same shipyard in Brasil, about 1/3 larger to accommodate school groups. Here I quote from the site: both vessels were built by the Assis de Santana family, who have built wooden vessels there for eight generations using 15th century “Mediterranean Whole Moulding [techniques] with mechanically generated geometric progressions known as graminhos. Shipwrights were using traditional tools, such as axes, adzes, hand saws and chisels, as well as utilizing traditional construction methods; and finally, the tropical forests of Bahia provided a source for the various naturally-shaped timbers necessary to build a large wooden ship. ” This makes me think of Onrust upriver.
The catalyst for this project, John Patrick Sarsfield, has a tragic ending.
A few weeks ago Bounty was up this way. From the dock in Newburgh looking south as Buchanan 12 pushes her hundreds of truckloads of crushed stone, you can see Bannermans Castle, marking the northern end of the Hudson Highlands. Here is another “ghosts” post I did about Bannermans about five years ago.
I thought all the vessels had left under cover of night. Unceremoniously. It turned out that the Japanese and Colombians had, but lots remained. So the best place to go was near the exit . . . everyone would depart through the Narrows. The forecast was 50 percent chance of rain all day, but I’d shoot from under an umbrella if necessary. At 10, tugs were ready for USS Gonzalez to cast off. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
10:14 . . . she was under weigh.
10:23 . . . Responder returns for the next departee and Miller Girls (?) shuttles yokohamas back to Miller’s home base.
10:38, posing for Black Hawk photogs with a better perch than mine.
11:15 . . . USS Donald Cook moves away.
11:25 . . . San Jac next?
leaving Brooklyn’s “gold coast” (as on lots of these fotos) to port.
11:56 . . . it’s “local-build” USCGC Seneca.
12:26 . . . Elcano departs under 11 sails . . . and screw turned by “ motor diesel sobrealimentado de 2.000 caballos de potencia.”
Scotty Sky passes. . . WW2 vet and still at work, as is
like this Sea Stallion.
. . .oh wait . . . for today, the end of the parade is provided by Guayas.
Some of these vessels will reconvenrge in Norfolk. By 1400 yesterday, I know the French schooners, the Brazilians,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is looking to score two XL OpSail shirts. Barters . .. anyone?