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I had planned to resume my Out of the Bayou account today, but  . . . some offerings are just better served hot, and hot this is, topped off with surprises.  I’m sure you’ll agree this post brings surprises.

As I was out walking along the Bay Ridge esplanade, this cute catboat caught my eye.


I had stayed there in the shade after walking to the fishing pier and back because I’d wanted to see an inbound tanker called Grouse Sun.  It was following two ships with “dragon” in their name, not an everyday occurrence.  I’ll post on those boats in the near future, although–as I said– I want to complete my bayou series first.

It did surprise me a bit that the catboat seemed to stay in the middle of the channel . . . 

and possibly the helmsman was distracted.

I suspect that by this time, watch standers on Grouse Sun were getting as worried as I was.  A short digression:  two weeks ago in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida, I’d experienced the same thing:  as Legs III crawled its way eastward at 5 knots, a sport fish boat [like this] sped toward us on a collision course at 15+ knots until our captain sounded five blasts of the formidable air horns.  A few seconds later, the sport fish dropped off plane, deviated sharply to starboard, and then sped up again taking our stern.  Was everyone on that sport fish on the stern minding the trolled lines, not the helm?

  Ditto here:  the captain of Grouse Sun sounded five blasts, and Curlew made a hard turn to port, averting a collision. Also, note the strange blue patch on its stern quarter.

Bow watch on the tanker

no doubt took a hard look at the crew on the catboat.  Helmsman on Curlew was no doubt feeling sheepish. 

But then came another surprise . . .  what I thought was an odd blue patch on the stern quarter was actually a proclamation, 

one that I’d never noticed before.  This raises a lot of questions like how common are methanol-powered vessels in the sixth boro and the East Coast US at this time?  I know it’s happening in Europe.  How quickly might that change in the USHere‘s a Louisiana methanol plant not yet open for business. Are there others dedicated to marine use fuel?  A As the 2022-launched dual-fuel new tanker Grouse Sun is, what proportion of storage capacity is devoted to each type of fuel?  Hasn’t methanol been blended into gasoline for decades?  Is the difference here that a methanol-powered marine engine would burn 100% v. 10% methanol?    Of course, there’s McAllister’s project in Florida.

Welcome to the sixth boro of P of NYNJ, Grouse Sun . . . . As of this posting, she’s along the KVK at IMTT.  More about Grouse Sun here.

All photos, WVD, who hadn’t expected all these surprises. Keep a good watch out there.

Click here and here for some articles about other alternative-powered vessels.


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