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Exotics 21

Wind farm surveys have brought a number of unusual vessels to resupply periodically in areas of the sixth boro.  Ocean Endeavour is a science ship that fits into this set that I’m calling exotics. Saturday I caught Ocean Endeavour taking her crew of scientists and technicians back out to sea, to their survey work. Her […]

Exotics 20

Geoquip Saentis is currently over in Bayonne.  Previously known as Toisa Vigilant, the 2005 build is 269′ x 59′ and Nassau registered.  I supose this means the US has no vessel that can do the work Geoquip Saentis is performing, called offshore geotechnical site investigation, i.e., figuring out more about specific locations at the “bottom […]

Exotics 19

I counted a dozen wind farm and other offshore construction project-related vessels in a triangle defined by NYC, Nantucket, and Atlantic City.  These are vessels of a sort not previously seen here, or rarely seen here.   Two of them came in through the Narrows yesterday just in front of the 2020 tropical storm Fay.  The […]

Exotics 5 Redux

This is not your typical sixth boro scene. Back in January 2018, I posted photos of Fugro Explorer.  I recall it was cold cold, and my fingers hurt holding the camera.  Now you can sense the heat by the amount of moisture in the air already just before 0700. She’s not a new vessel at […]

Exotics 18

If you’ve forgotten why I call these exotic, it comes from a bird book I have on the shelf.  Read about it here. RV Ridley Scott Thomas came into the sixth boro yesterday, arriving here between Driftmaster, 1949–exotic in a different way–and the light, West Bank. Here’s my question:  where and when was Ridley Thomas […]

Local Exotics

I realize the oxymoronic twist of this title . . . local v. exotic . . . but these are boats that are seldom seen.  When this stack and upper superstructure first cameinto view, i suspected it might be one of those ghost AIS signals like Hunter D or No. 11 Asomaru I’ve been noticing […]

Exotics 17

. . .I finally caught photos of Decisive, just a few hours ago, coming into the sixth boro. Some of you may recognize the crewman with the orange hard hat. Decisive is in the cable business . . . i.e., these are the cable guys. Since I’m right against my post time, I’ll keep the […]

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 […]