It’s the color of sky, water, twilight ice, and distant land. Which blue would you call the vessel that has been anchored outside the Narrows this week? Dark azure or indigo? Certainly not cerulean, though I wanted to use that word.


The colors draw me in, and I’m not alone.



What I find fascinates as much as the color: Palva is less than three months off the ways at Brodosplit in Croatia and a first-timer to New York and its nightlife.


Palva incorporates redundant safety features in its design: two separate engine rooms, rudder and steering gear systems, props, control systems. Blueblue. 700 feet long, 100 feet beam, 60 feet draft. Double hull to operate safely in three feet of ice. Crack and crush. Check out this March shot in the Baltic. Palva works for Neste Oil; see the ice and similar vessels on ice.


See the stern windows of the pilot house that give 360 degrees view of ice or blue sky and water all around.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.