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I am back in NYC, safe and sound, and just read this article in the NYTimes about three million people on Copacabana today for today’s last mass by Papa Francisco, as he is referred to in Brasil. And how do three million people get to the beach? They march. I took this unsatisfying foto from the bus yesterday afternoon on the way to the airport. But now imagine this group with green tshirts, yellow backpacks, and national flags–and they snake around the bay here– filling a major avenue for at least eight miles . . ..
. . . here emerging from one of the tunnels leading to the beach.
Back a week and a half ago, this is how the main stage looked, and
here–taken yesterday–Copacabana with each of the white triangles in the distance . . . a booth for folks staffing the large screens projecting the proceedings. The main stage here is the cluster of white triangles to then right of the tallest building on the beach. Click here for a Rio Times article with foto showing this same beach last night. But . . .
here’s what was offshore.
More on these Brazilian naval vessels in a future post.
More Brazilian posts still to come . . . at least through the end of July.
With the imminent (I think) arrival in the sixth boro of a large shearleg crane for the Tappan Zee project, here’s a chance to look at one of these floating cranes. I believe the crane known as Left Coast Lifter has a lift capacity of just under 2000 tons. This one–Pelicano 1 (ex-Kaisei) has capacity over 2000 tons. I’ve not found much info about Kaisei.
The largest floating crane I’ve seen prior to this is Donjon’s Chesapeake 1000, which lifted segments of WTC antenna from barge to land back a half year ago.
Here’s Pelicano 1‘s tender.
Since a floating shearleg crane doesn’t rotate on a frame, it uses thrusters like these to position a lift.
The first time I had an opportunity to look at a Thrustmaster was here.
For an image of a US battleship converted to a floating crane about a century ago, click here.
More as soon as I can.
And finally . . . a larger set, some Trans Ship tugs like Abusado,
(my favorite) Poderoso,
And then there’s always the one that gets away, the foto I wish I could redo from multiple angles . . . the anti-pollution vessel Eco-Apolo. More somewhere soon . . .
But first . . . it’s a Petrobras residence vessel Aquarius Brazil, formerly a Selville-built RORO.
Fuel barge Icarai pushed by tug O Outro (?) passing stern of Aquarius Brasil.
Another view of Aquarius Brasil as seen beyond the bow of Itabuna
I’ve no info on this small container vessel.
And here’s where I’ve been the past few days. Temperature upper 40s F. Guanabara Bay is on the other side of that mountain.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Blue Shark looks like sister of Blue Marlin.
The bows of F. D. Honorable, A. H. Liguria, Seabulk Brasil, and a smidgeon of Carline Tide . . . .
Behold Maraba I and
GSO Marechal Rondon . . . . I need to digress here, as you may be glazing over with profile and name after profile and name. Marechal Rondon, however, is a significant figure in Brazil-US history, as he was the counterpart to Teddy Roosevelt during the then ex-President’s 1913-14 expedition into the Amazon, a trip that almost killed the Roosevelt.
small to large here . . . Cidade Nova Lima and Dundee. And the final ones are
Jean Charcot and Mar Limpo V
Amy Chouest and smaller unidentified tug.
and finally . . a north American style tugboat . . .
More soon . . . from Will Van Dorp.
Let’s travel farther into the interior of the watery reaches of what used to be called Ria de Janeiro to see close-ups of
secrets inland from the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, to borrow from the name of this small fishing boat.
and my almost-namesake
dredger “Willem van Oranje.”
More soon from Will Van Dorp.
If the sun had set a half hour later or if the moon had risen earlier . . . . if my camera platform had unlimited reach . . . this’d be a better foto. No matter . . . LNG tanker Excelsior heads out yesterday evening for the north Atlantic. Note the pilot boat.
Other ships seen recently include Hansa Rendsburg,
Note the pilots and kayakers in some of these.
Chacabuco and Navion Bergen,
. . . and here’s where the pilots berth.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who likes Cesar Neves’ diario portuario‘s photostream.
Cavendish Sea, like this unidentified tug, is operated by Camorim.
Not Camorim . . . I think . . this tug looks like it’s pulling dredge spoils . . .
Camorim does operate Cape Cumbria and
Atlantico . . . . as well as
tiny . . . appropriate size Flora and this barge.
All fots by Will Van Dorp, who thinks that every day is water day here and in many other cities.
If I’d seen this first, with no background, I’d wonder.
But this is the left side of the same foto, and I knew this was coming.
Maersk Blazer, her 19,000 bhp crawling at less than two knots.
And what is this tow? Well, this part is the flame boom, and
the whole thing . . . P-34 . . . is
a FPSO. And there’s more?
Of course, there’s a tailing tug. More on that in a moment. P-34 expands to Petrobras XXXIV, and if it’s come into port, I wonder what’s at the well taking its place. If you thought at some point that P-34 looked like a ship, it first splashed as tanker Presidente Juscelino in Rotterdam 1959 but in 1997 was converted to an FPSO.
Speaking of second lives, I’ve done 11 posts on vessels with interesting makeovers, the most recent here. To see the others, type second lives into the blog search window upper left.
Chacabuco just had to head out at this moment; this is not another makeover.
Tailing P-34 through this point in the harbor, which without zoom looks like
this . . . that’s Sugar Loaf . . .
E. R. Luisa, all over 16,000 horsepower of her.
And I believe part of this same procession was this unidentified Camorim tug.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp. I included the kayaker and SUPers for frogma.
To call this the holy grail would be overstating it, but I hoped to spot one of these on this sojourn . . .an Ulstein X-bow, a fairly new direction in bow/hull design. Here it is then, pretty exciting . . . my first in the flesh, CBO Copacabana, launched from the yard in Niteroi in 2012. I’m using this “crumb” at the outside waterline of Sugar Loaf to contrast CBO Copacabana‘s “nose” with other vessels I saw pass by yesterday, like
A. H. Camogli,
this intriguing but unidentified (catamaran??) supply vessel,
these two unidentified vessels shown together and
I’ll conclude these fotos with another shot of that Ulstein bow . . . here juxtaposed with the intriguigly named Log-In Amazonia, a shipping line I’m having difficulty researching.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who’d be happy to talk with any crew members from the US or other non-Brazilian nationals working on any sort of vessel in Brazil . . for a possible magazine article. Please get in touch with the email address upper left.