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A to P 5: Whole Lotta Dredging

The “enlargement” of the Panama Canal involved a lot of dredging in Panama, as well as in ports served by the Neopanamax ships:  deepening approaches, widening channels, and even eliminating islands in part or whole in Gatun Lake.  I put the ” ” there because it’s more accurate to say “creating a third set of […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 13

Here was 12. Terrapin Island was in the sixth boro during parts of 2012 and 2014, the KVK above and Raritan Bay immediately below. I’d wondered what the helm looked like, especially given the shape of the glass directly behind that exhaust stack.  Well . . . our good fortune is that my friend JED, a […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 12

Here’s where the “leverman” sits for a twelve-hour shift as the C. R. McCaskill slews port to starboard 400′ once each three and a half minutes.   Another way of saying that is  the dredge moves using a five-point mooring system: two swing anchors, two breast anchors and one stern anchor to move forward or […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 11

Here and here are previous posts on a Rockaway Beach replenishment dredging operation that has now ended.   Sea Wolf is still local, but the vessel on the horizon (“atop” the red buoy) has now moved to southern NJ.  Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges. Weeks’ Trevor was assisting in this project. Also assisting was […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 10

Welcome to the Inner Harbor of Syracuse.  It used to be said that from the Inner Harbor, you could go anywhere in the world.  Or anyone from “anywhere in the world” could get here.   That’s a bit of an exaggeration;  for example, you couldn’t get here, the Bonneville Salt Flats.  But then again, someone […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 9

Here’s a followup on the Rockaway sand pumping, and there’s gold in those sands, over $36 million worth.   Notice the dredging/pumping vessel upper right. This was the fountain this morning. Once the slurry exits the mouth, water flows back into the ocean and sand is pushed up the beach. This repurposed container is project headquarters. […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 8

I’m back, with lots of gallivanting to catch up, but first . .  a whole lotta fotos from this morning in the sixth boro.  Any ideas what’s going on here?  What is that gray blur in the center of the foto and why are the gulls so frenzied?  Be forewarned . . . this post […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 7

You know the colors and organization, but can you name the vessel?  And as to the organization, do you know all the foreign countries where they operate?  I didn’t.  Anyhow, all these fotos come from Oregon compliments of Michael Bogoger of Doryman fame.  Actual photographer is Jamie Orr of Bristol Channel cutter Baggywrinkle, returning from […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 5

I stopped at the KVK today just in time to watch an anchor move.  Crew on the “bent-leg” barge caught the hook in the eye of the anchor cable, and then Sea Bear powered away, the barge submerging in the process. The anchor got winched up and the barge crew took the applause as the […]

Whole Lotta Dredgin’ 4

Digging requires claws.  Claws inspire primal dread.  Dredge machines seem beclawed in groteque ways.  And they’re huge, like the ape that scrambled up the Empire State building.  I waited long but in vain to line up these talons and the tower in the distance, but I’m sure you can visualize the effect.  Imagine the headline: […]