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Actually the key is making it possible for the helicopter to find you. In some cases, assisting the task of arriving at your location makes the difference between life and death; things don’t always go so well. On a windy unsettled afternoon last week I happened to be there when
an obsessively circling C-130 over Oswego’s lighthouse demanded attention. I wish I’d stumbled onto this scene the day they trained search & rescue with a Reaper drone. Here’s another link about that drill.
As it was, the helicopter here working with the USCG puzzled me, and
having no VHF or binoculars, I couldn’t tell whether the debris on the jetty was just drifted remains of a Lake Ontario shoreline tree, but
someone had certainly swum to proximity of rescuer.
In the half hour that followed at least a half dozen “winchings up” and “down” before
it returned to USCG Station Oswego. Click here for their flickr page. Click here for info on the blue-yellow structure to the lower left, NYS Derrick Boat 8, the last steam-powered barge (with dredge capabilities at one time) on the Erie Canal . . . maybe even in New York . DB8 is also known as Lance Knapp, named for a salvage diver.
A half year ago I watched a helicopter rescue drill here.
All fotos taken within an hour by Will Van Dorp. Here was my previous swimming post.
PS: Enjoy the additional fotos below from the Port of Oswego, showing schooner OMF Ontario, LT-5, and fishtug Eleanor D, and Oswego West Pierhead Light.
Click here for an overview of Brazilian shipyards from about 18 months ago. STX OSV in Niteroi since then has become VARD, a Fincantieri holding. Skandi Salvador was at the VARD yard last week. Shipbuilding–like oil & gas–are multinational concerns clustered in locations of production, like the North Sea. The NYTimes this week had a story about a world center of petroleum expertise and innovation . . . Aberdeen.
The orange vessel to starboard of Skandi Salvador is CBO Manoella, built less than a mile away at the Alianca yard. Can anyone identify the smaller tug made to the starboard side of the small green and white tug SM Niteroi?
Moored off the bow of Skandi Salvador is (I believe) the future Skandi Urca.
And forward of that, on the high and dry, the soon-to-be Skandi Paraty.
And between the two, it’s Skandi Angra.
Recent products of that yard–albeit under old ownership–include the following: the 2012 Sea Brasil,
and Skandi Amazonas (2011). To appreciate the rollers off Copacabana–where I took this foto–notice the small fishing boat in the trough on the beach side of Amazonas‘ stern.
And finally, one more product of the same yard is A. H. Giorgio P, 2008.
Finally . . . I’m curious . . what is the citizenship of the crews of these vessels and what are their hitches like?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll start this post with the foto of Pelicano 1 below to situate it. The location is Niteroi, more specifically Ponta D’Areia, and the Maua Jurong shipyard, founded in 1845, marked by the bow of the tanker in the background. You may have seen the Maua shipyard fotos in the background of this post a few weeks back. Currently, Maua is owned by Synergy.
This post gets closer to the shipyard, but first, notice the ruined building off the bow of Far Swift–a pointed tower at each end–in the background partway up the slope and three-fouths the way to the right. Click here for a close-up. Its the now-abandoned mansion once owned by the former owners of the shipyard and a possible location for a possible future museum of Brazilian shipbuilding.
Starting at the opposite end of the shipyard, it’s Anita Garibaldi, under construction.
Components for another hull seems underway as well.
And moving toward the inland side of this yard, it’s Jose Alencar.
For more info on this and other shipyards in Brazil, click here and scroll through to page 31 of this pdf of a document prepared by a Norwegian gas & oil industry group called Intsok.
More Brazil shipyard fotos by Will Van Dorp soon.
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.
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 . . .
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.
Seven Oceans in the morning,
Xin Hai Niu in the evening . . . Guanabara Bay sees some interesting vessels, even if I can’t get the best fotos.
Seven Oceans again with an outbound Skandi Amazonas,
and Laurindo Pitta
This may be my last post for awhile, as I might be traveling away from a connection.
Just to clarify if this this your first time reading this series, “JR” abbreviates “January river,” which you may know in Portuguese as “Rio de Janeiro.” Here that’s pronounced as “hee oh.”
Make sense of this foto? More info at the end of the post.
NYC’s sixth boro moves lots of folks between the boros of Staten and Island and Manhattan. All day and night via FREE ferries. Here it’s two dollars and change between Rio and Niteroi. To speed up dock time, some of the loading/unloading happens simultaneously. Don’t try to swim in the wrong side of the flow.
The ferry above is Inga II. You can figure this part out. Here’s more info.
Being here, I’ve become aware of the slant I bring to this “water blog.” I focus on water as a place to work or a means to get to or do/create work. Hence . . . fishing boat and MSC Cadiz.
The work of this small Brazilian tanker would probably be done by ATB in North America. It was in Rio three days ago and way south of Santos already.
Fishing boats of different sizes pass in front of Ilhas Cagarras.
Here’s a classy motor yacht over at Flamenco Beach, MV Tamarind, 1958.
Here’s a former Dutch pilot boat Wega. I assumed it was active out of Rio, but it appears to be languishing here, after being seized, a 1968 beauty that may come to a bad end. Now that suggests a back story I’d like to know.
Back to that first foto, it’s the bar where “Girl from Ipanema” was penned more than half century ago. This mural is at least 20 feet high. Countless are the times this music has played in my head! Where was that girl walking to? Her job?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
This is a view of JR’s harbor mouth as seen from Copacabana on a foggy winter’s morning. Note the silhouette of the vessel entering.
Running in and out the harbor’s mouth all day is dredger Xin Hai Niu, above seen at sunrise and below seen in late afternoon from inside the harbor at Flamenco Beach.
Here’s a wider view of the mouth as seen from the inside . . . as unidentified Bram and Camorim vessels enter.
A government vessel at the mouth.
Laurindo Pitta (1910) stays inside.
A pilot boat enters . . . again Santa Cruz in the background.
Complement to Santa Cruz on the west side of the mouth is Forta da Ilha da Lage.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who needs to study Portuguese today.
The sixth boro has its KVK with businesses providing vessel maintenance. Rio has its strait just south of Ilha do Caju, within Niteroi, where Thor Supplier is now exiting. The large yellow letters on the hillside to the left say “estaleiro maua,” a shipyard since 1845 and recently reborn thanks to the petroleum industry in the Campos Basin.
Thor Supplier heads for an opening in the eight-mile bridge. In the distance beyond Thor Supplier is Pelicano 1, a huge floating crane.
Since I arrived here, Hai Yang Shi You 278
has offloaded and sailed off to parts unknown.