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Moving Fuel 8

It’s winter, and that’s when I did all the previous posts by this name.  It makes sense, since this is the northern hemisphere.   Saint Louis registered Saint Emilion pushes a light A87 for refilling. Poor air quality days have the benefit that backgrounds beyond a half mile are obscured. On the same foggy morning, Lois […]

Moving Fuel 7

When the temperatures drop and days are short, tug and barges units in the NE get busier than in summer. RTC 42 here gets pushed by Franklin Reinauer, as Gracie–-above–waits at the dock with RTC 109.   A bit later, J. George Betz moves her barge B. No. 210 toward the east. Navigator appears from […]

Moving Fuel 6

When the cold makes it less pleasant outside,  it’s heating season in the sixth boro and region far and wide.  I’m not sure all these units are moving heating oil, but they are all moving fuel of one sort or another. Can it be that Crystal Cutler has been working here for almost 8 years […]

Moving Fuel 5

As daylight shortens and temperatures plummet, the sixth boro comes to life… as shown by Lucy Reinuer and RTC 83, Pinuccia and New York 30, and Tasman Sea and DBL 102. In fact you see a parade of three units in the distance. All photos by Will Van Dorp. It’s heating season….  

Moving Fuel 4

Here was 3 in the series.  The sixth boro is indeed a huge fuel transfer port, and I need to make a more concerted effort to learn which transfers are imports and which . . . exports.  Meanwhile, a look at the variety of vessels involved in just a few days shows Energy Century, Aurora […]

Moving Fuel 3

I’m surprised it’s been almost five whole years since I did the previous installment by this name.   The sixth boro is a huge fuel transfer port, and currently Sandy has moved oil back onto everyone’s brain . . . mostly because of how difficult it is to procure.  Fuel is gold.  The other day […]

Moving Fuel 2

I last used this title over three years ago, and every day  since then, fuel has flowed through the harbor, as blood through healthy veins.  And it will keep on doing so by an impossibly wide array of vessels.  Below, yesterday afternoon the 1934-launched ship Kristin Poling pushes over 21,000 barrels of oil in the direction […]

Moving Fuel

Petroleum based or corn-based ethanol, it moves by pipeline, highway, or water. And to do it safely is hard, pains-taking work. “Mess up, and we go to jail,” said a captain recently. Below, Nicole Leigh Reinauer approaches Shooters Island. According the Lisa Margonelli, 194 million drivers burn a collective 36, 000 gallons per hour. That’s […]

Random Tugs 330

Here’s an extraordinarily busy photo;  Nicole Leigh is about to ease right around Shooters.  Beyond that tug, a half dozen or so more tugboats, an antenna, a bridge, a refinery, steam . . . Gulf Coast waits in front of a 12-pack of IMTT silos. Navigator continues shuttling around, moving fuel. Buchanan 5 is not […]

Migratory Tugs

Moving fuel, Reinauer barge on McAllister hip, on a gray solstice afternoon.   Ever notice the masthead light banner midships high on a barge?     and chain towing bridle dragging through the water ready to be snagged when needed?     I’m surprised to learn this tug, Michaela McAllister, one I don’t recall having […]