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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 […]

Names 48

Call this a case of the common and the obscure.  See the name on that tanker? Of course, and we know the name well for his fables despite his and their antiquity.  The crude tanker was launched in 2012. But how about this one?  I had to look it up. But if you know sci-fi […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sum of the Parts 4

Interesting name . . . I thought it was the number “3” in Arabic, but I was wrong.  Anyone know the reference? Clever logo . . . Feel like Wheel of Fortune yet? I can tell you that’s Capt. Brian . . . and you can probably tell me the location, by the tall tapered […]

Other Watersheds 17B

You know from the previous “other watersheds 17” that this is the Amazon, so look at the color of the water.  If you want to read a scholarly article–albeit an old one–check this one out.   If you want to see satellite photos of the mouth, where this silty freshwater mixes with the ocean, click […]