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Exotics Convergence

Polling has not yet ended, the clock goes on for two more days now, since I got a bunch of votes last night. With all certainty, though, polls will close on December 21 . . .  earlier if two days elapse without a single new vote.  Your votes and suggestions –in comments and in emails–have […]

Exotics 16

Here the previous posts on exotics, vessels not typically seen in the sixth boro.  I take the label from birders, as they use it to classify birds. Regulus is a 2014 product of Thoma-Sea in conjunction with TAI. She left to go offshore yesterday, but she’d been at the Bayonne dry dock at least a […]

Exotics 15 and 16

I could be wrong, but a raft of unusual vessels coming through the sixth boro recently is related to priorities set and now contracts signed by a NYS agency created in 1975 called NYSERDA.  Three organizations you’ll be hearing a lot from are Equinor Wind US, Ørsted A/S, and Eversource Energy, and their projects Empire Wind […]

Exotics 14

The first photo here comes thanks to Tony aka Phil.  Shelia Bordelon has been on this blog before;  I believe she has now left the area, mission accomplished. Fugro Enterprise has been here before also, that time on a day that the red did not photograph well.  This morning she headed out to sea, mission […]

Exotics 13

Have a look at this vessel, possibly calling in the sixth boro for the first time ever.   Any ideas? Guesses as to the location of Leith?  Click here to find out.   Kommandor Iona is a research vessel operated by Hays Ships. These days it seems the submarine terrain of the New York Bight […]

Exotics 12

By now you’ve seen a trend in several posts . . . my showing you what my eyes want to misperceive.  Does this not look like a tug with a heaping deckload on a barge?   I took the shot Sunday in the rain, camera protected by an umbrella.   Precipitation diffuses the subject. A […]

Exotics 11

This is yet again a nautic scene in the Narrows, so I’ll bet you’re wondering why this title. It doesn’t appear all that exotic either, compared with other posts of this title.   But I’m thinking someone might be reaching way back to an epic if pungent voyage in 1987 and figuring this out.   […]

Exotics 10

What a treat to catch Dina Polaris on an daylight inbound run, and just before the April monsoons happen She’s been working in the New York Bight for some time, and I was hoping to see her.    Any guesses on maximum crew size? So her mission? I’ll let you speculate until the end of […]

Exotics 9

As she leaves for the North Sea port of Hull, finally .  . I caught Ocean Researcher.  She’s spent much of the summer and fall until now doing survey work in advance of wind farm leasing and development in the New York Bight. Seeing the vessel confirmed that she’s not a new vessel . . […]

Exotics 8

Fugro . . .  is not a local name.  In fact, it goes back to 1962, when Kees Joustra started a company called “funderingstechniek en grondmechanica,” shortened to the first few letters of each big word . . .  yields FUGRO.   I first thought it was a Fugro vessel I’d seen a few times […]