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The tow–Lauren Foss and the crane–is captured in Gatun Lake by MS Europa‘s webcam.

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A few hours later, she arrives at the Gatun Locks, which will lower her to Atlantic/Caribbean levels.    Vessel nearer is ARC Endurance.  Click here to see ARC Endurance in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago.

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Vessel in the distance is MSC Carmen.

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For truly remarkable photos of the tow traversing the Canal, click here to see gCaptain’s fine work.

With friendly seas, the tow should be arriving at the Narrows at end January/beginning February.

Here was 20.  Endurance is not your run-of-the-mill RORO

design.   In fact, I’ve never seen one like her.

Endurance and her eight sister vessels do government work, as described in their mission statement here.  It hauled “assets” out of the Gulf when that season came.   Click here to see which ports she’s visited in the past six weeks alone!

NYK Delphinus is regular NYK vessel that shuttles between the sixth boro and China (with some other stops) on a sixty-day RT schedule.

Here she left port this afternoon

bound for Norfolk and then the Canal.   Approaching sailing vessel is Ventura.

Sea Lady is a bulker that follows a very different route and rhythm, spending much more time in port, loading claw-full by claw-full of crushed cars and other ferrous  non-life.  Scroll through that link for some of the ports she’s seen in the past year.

Given the intriguing name, I’m sorry I couldn’t catch up with this less-than-one-year old box vessel, CMA CGM Samson.

And finally, over in Red Hook today it was Baltic Mercur.  Built in Germany a quarter century ago, she really does connect eastern US with the Baltic, including St. Petersburg.

All fotos taken this midday by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Following up on yesterday’s post about warping tugs.  Paul located and sent along these links showing almost century-old fotos of warping tug Alligator in good repair.  Click here and here.  Paul . . . again, many thanks.

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