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Not that only a few containers fit on the vessel. CSAV Rio de Janiero is post-panamax, i.e., she won’t fit through the current Panama Canal. To compare her dimensions with a container vessel recently featured here, she has the same beam as APL Indonesia but is 111′ longer and carries 1045 more TEUs.
Unrelated: Hats off to Rick Old Salt for this post on the crisis PortSide NewYork’s Mary Whalen. A public meeting to discuss saving her will be held this coming Monday. See info at the end of Rick’s post. The folks at PortSideNewYork and Mary Whalen HAVE contributed much to sixth boro cultural programming the past few years, but “homelessness” has reduced their capacity to succeed. Here’s a post I did on Mary Whalen back in 2008.
There are ports and bottlenecks, and the sixth boro is surely a port, not that within it bottlenecks do not exist. Yesterday afternoon I caught Charles Island headed for sea, and ultimately Ecuador . . . so it’ll pass through that bottleneck called Panama, which has so frequently preoccupied me these days.
Zim Luanda also departed yesterday, bound for Savannah.
Meanwhile, an equal number of vessels enter port, the sixth boro, our enormous honey pot. Like this one, huge but fairly empty. This foto of CSAV Rio de Janiero –and the two after that–come compliments of John Watson. CSAV Rio de Janiero leaves here (probably tomorrow) for the Mediterranean.
Also, new in town and caught by John’s eye, it’s USNS Grasp T-ARS-51. Possibly in town for maintenance? And while I’m on the subject of sharp eyes and unusual craft, check out Mage’s report from San Diego, featuring USS Peleliu LHA-5, Navy dolphins, and an unusual vessel that defies my ability to identify it. Any help? Ooops . . . here’s Mage’s link.
And finally, arriving this morning, Polish-built Ice Pearl, vintage 1980.
To a casual observer of the harbor, a lot of vessels come in, park, and then leave. They all do, but some areas of the sixth boro ARE designated anchorages. This explains vessels like Pacific Quartz (recently arrived here from the Arabian Sea) and Avonden. Tug Mary Gellatly (1978, ex-Capt. Jentry, North Star, North Service) leaves her dock and heads north.
Thanks to John Watson for the three fotos in the middle; all others by Will Van Dorp, who’s happy to find others too could while the time away doing the Otis Redding thing on a bay, any bay any day. Just think, what if Otis had started waterfotoblogging!!!
The thermometer read 23 degrees F, winds gusted between 20-27 mph, and my blood has stayed thin in this mild winter.
This blogger/fotographer comes out here for the big bucks, of course. That and the ability to see great names like this Silver Lining.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp. For a scientist’s tracking of sixth boro weather this season, check out seaAndsky.
By the way, according to the site Shipspotting, here’s Silver Lining‘s itinerary for the past three months:
|2012 February 10th, 13:00:18 UTC||New York|
|2012 January 26th, 23:30:17 UTC||Milford Haven|
|2012 January 22nd, 22:30:40 UTC||Amsterdam|
|2012 January 8th, 19:00:25 UTC||Freeport|
|2011 December 22nd, 22:00:37 UTC||New York|
|2011 December 4th, 14:01:32 UTC||Brofjorden|
|2011 November 28th, 19:00:54 UTC||Skagen|
|2011 November 28th, 09:00:54 UTC||Brofjorden|
|2011 November 28th, 00:01:18 UTC||Rotterdam|
|2011 November 12th, 14:30:24 UTC||Montreal|
So here she came into the sixth boro yesterday . . . and after getting a foto–albeit rainy– of Shorthorn Express a few weeks back, I
Carrickfergus, Ireland, which seemed strange given New York state’s salt mines. But then again, maybe not all salt is the same. Certainly, I learned that a mare transporter doesn’t transport mares or anything remotely equine.
All fotos by will Van Dorp.
I introduced the term aframax here four and a half years ago. Relative to the sixth boro and the Kills, it means BIG, although by no means big by global standards. At 113,043 DWT, Southern Spirit is a minor vessel in relation to the now scrapped Knock Nevis (564,763 DWT) or also-scrapped Batillus (553,662 DWT).
No matter, in the frigid 21-degree morning today, finger almost too cold to trigger the shutter, I felt warmed to see her glide in, with Gramma Lee T. Moran assisting. Doubleclick enlarges.
In my observation, not many vessels navigate with KVK with a 5100-hp vector like Gramma Lee at the ready like this. Here’s a 2002 article about the background and training of the first captain of Gramma Lee.
Here’s a post I did five years ago with info on suezmax and capesize vessels and a foto of a very young tugster.
Unrelated: For a mariner’s reaction to the Costa Concordia collision with Isola del Giglio, read Hawsepiper Paul here. Another mariner, Peter Boucher of Nautical Log, weighs in here. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter last summer in Florida.
Someone emailed me to say thanks for recent fotos of Giulio Verne and now Blue Marlin redux. But Blue Marlin, of my “summer haze” Groundhog series, is currently off China (see her environment at the end of this post) and this is the older, smaller sister Mighty Servant 1.
You can find the exact dimensions here, but basically, compared with Blue Marlin, Mighty Servant 1 is 115′ shorter, 43′ narrower. These fotos were taken from Fort Wadsworth; if you’ve never been, this is a great time to visit the Fort, both for its own sake and for watching this loading job. Given the time of year and stretched-thin funding of everything including the NPS, check out their gift shop.
This is dangerous work; a quick read here about Mighty Servant 2 and 3 provides ample evidence.
Click here for a “speedy” float-on involving Rowan Gorilla VII and Mighty Servant 1. Be advised that the actual-time “deballasting” is, as Rod says, “like watching slow-drying paint dry.”
Below is a screen grab off AIS. Blue Marlin is in there somewhere. But what ARE all these other vessels!@!#$!, especially the purple ones?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Where might that gull go if it were to tag along on this vessel with exotic names for the rest of the year? Guesses?
I took this foto as it entered the KVK this morning from Savannah bound for Port Elizabeth . . . aka Port of New York/New Jersey. Well, it leaves here tomorrow bound for sea and will be back just before New Year’s 2012. And before returning, it’ll have done the following ports in this order: Halifax . . .
Just to contextualize this, here’s Random Ships 16 and 15. Below is one sight that thrilled me yesterday . . . Orange Star. Nice sternlines, eh? Just over three years ago, I took fotos of Orange Star, a different and older vessel by the same name. If you open only one link in this post, open this one for the 2008 version of Orange Star.
These Brazilian juice tankers HAVE to be the most beautiful large motor vessels (IMHO) anywhere: immaculate exteriors exuding sublime colors and hues, bespeaking what I imagine are gleaming stainless steel interiors redolent of citrus.
Bulker Medi Antwerp passes Conti Benguela on its way to sea. The fact that “benguela” appears on a tanker speaks to the success of offshore drilling there.
A new word for the beauty of these tankers? Try pulchritudinous! No, really . . . that’s a good thing! Even the old Orange Star may have registered a old, worn out, tired feeling to itself or others, but she was always pulchritudinous to my eyes. Orange Stars to me . . . I view as resplendent as the day they came off the ways. A statistic for the volume of Brazilian juice: (2007) It produces 53% of all orange juice consumed in the world! For more statistics like that, click here. I do–I admit–recognize the problem of getting staples like orange juice from a continent away; maybe I should move to a place where I can grow my own oranges, lemons, mangoes . . .?
Back to these juice vessels . . . their charms disarm me. Now here I could have taken a closeup of this structure, starboard side of where the pumps and controls must be, but I didn’t think to do it. Anyone explain the device below the crane and abaft the horizontally oriented tank? Next time I’ll try to keep my analytical wits about me and not go all aflutter.
Angus Express got in about 24 hours later than had been predicted . . . that’s right on time, boat time. Many thanks to John McCluskey and John Watson for these pics.
Wooley Bully!!! Of course THAT’s as much a coincidence as my linking to this song.
Angus and Shorthorn are two of ten vessels in the Vroon fleet. Angus is two years older and about 50′ shorter than Shorthorn. The visit of these two vessels in the past half month raises a lot of logistical questions in the mind of this erstwhile farm kid; some answers are provided in this series of links: types of livestock carriers, relative size and capacity ( e.g., 14,000 cattle!!!) , problems/challenges associated with this transport . . . Here are many more such vessels. Questions NOT answered for me are: is the manure stored until reaching destination or treated/disposed of at sea? Ditto . .. fatalities among the animals? And although it probably bunkered “empty” of cattle, is a loaded vessel noisy . . as a stable with lowing and mooing? What type of feed is given to the cows enroute? Can cattle get seasick? Why have we seen two cattle carriers in two weeks, whereas I’ve not noticed one before? And facetiously, might a hull filled with several thousand lowing cattle be heard–conducted via water–by a pod of whales?
Angus arrived in the sixth boro yesterday in late afternoon, and as of this writing, it is about to enter Delaware Bay on its way to . . . Wilmington. So is Ocean Drover. Can anyone get me an invitation to tour a cattle carrier vessel there?
Related: Check out this cattle transport.