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An MSC RORO

AIS said an MSC vessel was arriving, but when I saw it, I was surprised.  I’d never seen an MSC RORO.  MSC is the world’s second largest container line, and besides a cruise line, which I saw in Havana  and which I believe does not call at US ports, container transport is all MSC does.  […]

Random ROROs 2

ROROS of various sorts you can find here.  But let’s take three that have called in the sixth boro during this month.  These are three of many more.  See if you can rank them by age and size.    It should be fairly easy.  The three are Polaris Highway, Paganella (which I erroneously thought was Pagan […]

Random ROROs

One day in April, I noticed five ROROs in the sixth boro at the same time.I’m think the volume of ROROs in the port has increased.  Anyone have substantiation of that hunch? Contemporary ROROs look quite similar one to the other, but a careful point by point comparison reveals differences.  Look at them here. Hoegh […]

RORO Variation

In the continuing project of posting a sampling of the variety of vessels calling in the sixth boro, here’s a variation on the RORO profile.  Click here to see the many previous RORO posts.   Several minutes before I took this photo, I saw it and couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing. It’s about […]

Hay & Straw RORO

If equestrians and carriage riders must eat, snack, and graze, and truckloads of such ingestibles roll off and back on, then the same needs must be met for the steeds. Trailers of ponies come with their own picnic lunch . . .     Pallets of the sustenance roll off. Ditto the straw. All photos […]

RORO and FLOFLO 2

Here was the first in this series of titles, from almost seven years ago. The barge with green containers, the bridge, and the Glovis roll on-roll off (RORO) vessel all look great bathed in January morning light, a bit of wolf moon light thrown in as well. I don’t know if this RORO has called […]

RORO and FLOFLO

RORO . .   I don’t know how long ago this acronym entered English.  This one has a particularly interesting name, although the naming convention for all NYK ROROs uses mythological references and then the “last name” LEADER.  Aphrodite comes from Toyohashi Shipbuilding. Click here for an informational site on ROROs.  Now I have to […]

Corporate RORO

You’ve seen these colors combined before.  Maybe in an ad or on a parts truck, but you know the gray set off by the red pinstripe and the ivory. See it on the stack?  Nissan has to be the only vehicle company with a corporate color.  But you’d think they’d christen their carriers with a […]

Spring Morning Hour 3

Following from yesterday, which covered 0900 to 0930, today we pick up from the mystery vessel and do 0930 to 1000.  Identify this blue ship? Here’s a clue and a hint that traffic is busy, as another vessel comes around Bergen Point.   As MSC Bilbao clears the bridge, you get a sense of all […]

Grande Congo

Grimaldi  has a number of these ROROs, or technically, CONROs.  I’ve seen Grande Gabon, Senegal, Marocco, and Guinea. Ones I haven’t seen include Grande Togo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and I could go on . . . and those are not in the order they appear along the West African coastline.   For some […]