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First, thanks to Birk Thomas . .  . Ice River currently in Philadelphia.  Here’s the reefer fleet list.

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And thanks to Mike Abegg, Alice Oldendorff, currently in the sixth boro, the vessel that started this blog over 2000 posts ago.

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Also, still in port, Asopus.

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And just out of the repair dock, it’s Stena Primorsk, having spent weeks in or around the harbor.

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And finally . . . NYK Joanna leaves town yesterday.  Watch between tug and ship, starboard side,

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here, for what has to be one

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of the more dangerous jobs on the water.

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It’s the docking pilot leaving the vessel as it heads for sea.

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Perusal of the NYK fleet shows names like Mark Twain and William Shakespeare.  I’d love to see them come to town.

Unless otherwise attributed, all  fotos by will Van Dorp.  Thanks here to Birk Thomas and Mike Abegg.

As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago.  Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.

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This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge .  . . those numbers mark feet.

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Length and breath of the tug-barge unit

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is 597′ x 79.’

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Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany,  is also 597′ loa but a little beamier:  105′ . . .  panamax wide.

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I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.

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Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown

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here about a week pre-accident.  Dimensions of Stena Primorsk:  597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity.  Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

My library for the time period  January 1, 2012 until today contains 11,244 fotos.  Starting from tomorrow, any 2012 fotos will be taken along the road.  So I decided to choose ONE foto per month, quite subjectively and without regard for this foto having previously been featured here.  I don’t claim these are the best of the month. Only 12 fotos, one per month.

January, Sandmaster . . .  waiting to refuel.  Today, Dec 22 . . .  Sandmaster was out there doing what it usually does, mining sand.

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February . . . Eagle Beaumont escorted in the Arthur Kill by Charles D. McAllister.

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March . . . side by side, CSAV Suape and bulker Honesty, Pacific bound through the Miraflores locks, demonstrating graphically what panamax means.

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April . . . red-trimmed Taurus west bound on the KVK, cutting past Advance Victoria.  And just today, I saw Taurus, now blue-trimmed, heading north between Manhattan and Jersey City.

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Choosing just one foto per month is tough, but for May, here’s Swan packed and almost ready to go hulldown toward Africa with these specimens of the Crowley, Reinauer, and Allied fleets.

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June . . . Weeks Shelby tows shuttle Enterprise from JFK toward Manhattan.

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July and an unforgettable 4th using Pegasus as subject under the rocket’s glare

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August . . . and coal-fired Badger heads into the sunset . . . and Wisconsin.

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September, and a parade of vessels including Urger and Buffalo leave the Federal Lock bound for Waterford.   My inimitable platform here is Fred’s Tug44.

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At the start of the Great Chesapeake Schooner race, crew is setting sail on the unique tugantine Norfolk Rebel.  In the distance, it’s Pride of Baltimore 2.

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Coming into the home stretch from Montreal, it’s Atlantic Salvor delivering segments of the WTC1 antenna.

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And December . . .  it’s Stena Primorsk looming over the USCG vessels.   At this time, Stena Primorsk was impatient to load that first hold with “north dakota crude,” only to experience the malfunction that has left her temporarily disabled upriver, its outer hull gashed open.

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Tomorrow I hit the road . . . gallivanting and visiting season.  I thank all of you for reading, many of you for helping me get these fotos, lots of you for correcting my errors and supplying missing info. Happy New Year and let’s pray for much-needed Peace on Earth . . . .

I’ll use fotos from the past week, since the past two days have been darky and rainy.  Penobscot Bay is called an ice-breaker, a mission not yet activated this season.

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M/V Dynamic Striker–with an arresting name–probably wants to forget its high-speed chase on the Indian Ocean two years ago.

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Susana S and (in the distance) Intrepid Canada await in the anchorage.  Since that moment (Wednesday), Susana S has departed for points east and Intrepid Canada has move up Raritan Bay and into Arthur Kill.

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Here Cosco Osaka departs the KVK, bound for sea, i.e., Boston and then maybe the Canal in Panama.

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I’m guessing that every major port in the world sees a member of this fleet now and then, most looking like Bow Fortune here.  For great fotos of these set, taken both onboard and from a distance, click here.

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John B. still lies in a beached position, but  yesterday Brian Nicholas rather than Sarah Ann attended crane barge Raritan Bay.

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HanJin San Francisco left here a week ago, made a few stops headed south, and is now bound for the Canal.   Previously I caught her here in late September this year.

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Stena Primorsk–named for the largest Russian port on the Baltic–has lingered in the harbor for the better part of a month now, occasionally  giving the impression she’s outbound somewhere distant.

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Two weeks til winter . . . and we’ve not yet seen a frost locally.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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