You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Arab world’ category.

Today and tomorrow begin with the same dance but take divergent courses. See the man in blue on the catwalk just forward the base of the deck crane? Imagine his dance partner: She’s large, 45,ooo dwt tons large . . .



What do you suppose the “L” word here is? Or maybe “el…”


Bolero is the dance . . .



…Wait! That’s tomorrow’s post. For now, “L” is the logo of the company that transports some US oil into New York. If you check the naming system on their fleet list at that link, you’ll see a lot of dance influence. It must be the Caribbean influence on that Gulf oil. By the way, you can find the answer in the link below, but first, among US oil imports, what is the proportion of all American (non-US) oil we purchase to all Middle Eastern oil? And considering three regions–the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa–how do they rank in terms of sources of US oil imports?



Here’s the link. Totalling the American countries v. the Middle Eastern countries, I get 2.5 times more from the Americas. Ranking . . . I get Africa as second and Middle East third.
Oh . . . the crewman in blue on Bolero? Either he went aft to get his handkerchief and castanets, or he’s been consumed in the dance, as often happens. Get your tango shoes ready for tomorrow!

Thought you’d find a “10” reference here, eh?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Recreational boats have been called many things, but some of them and their skippers are cute and sweet. Here are two I like from last summer. I can’t even tell you the manufacturers. Here’s cute…


and here’s sweet. Any identification of the brands, appreciated.


Talking of what boats are called, here’s are one, two lists that contain a number I’ve never heard of before. More on dhows later from my Gulf period.

So this isn’t about anything Irish. Green . . . the color of cans and buoys to leave to port when returning. Green ones have odd numbers. Seasickness turns you to one’s gills. If tending toward “pea” green, it’s the color of the vessel of a certain owl and pussycat. Below is a pea green hull that regularly comes into the harbor. Any guesses on its home port? NSCSA?  The unusual structure on the stern?
Here’s a link and another to closer views of the RO-RO ship; the latter shows John Caddell in the foreground. This site shows a good cutaway view of the holds of such a vessel and the aft loading ramp. Vessel named for? You guessed it. . . the city of Hofuf.

All of the above has nothing to do with Greenpeace. Other than color, of course. Tis the season for green.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Personal disclosure: Twenty-plus years ago I had the opportunity to take a ship on the Red Sea from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Port Suez, about 700 miles. All the daylight hours of this summer 60-hour voyage were a fantastic platform to watch other traffic and look down from the railing beside the bridge. From 50-feet up, I recall seeing the flying fish frightened by our bow wave and swarming sharks at various depths in the clear water. I would not have lasted long had I gone in. It was a simpler time, and the Egyptian passengers (99% of the passengers; there was one Sudanese family, and one American [me], which I know because customs cleared me last.) were most hospitable. Oh, for a return to these friendlier times.


In the green shirt, that’s a very young tugster. As we headed into Port Suez, the southern end of the Canal, we steamed past a cluster of ships waiting for traffic to be northbound. Then, traffic flowed six hours south, followed by six hours north, and so on.



Here is a southbound tanker, in ballast. Unlike the Panama or Erie, the Suez has no locks, so draft is the limiting factor. Suezmax designates maximum draft that can safely traverse; any vessels of greater draft would be Capesize.

Hmm… my pre-digital photos are quite grainy. I wonder where the closest port to accommodate Capesize vessels is.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, back in 1985.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,461 other followers

If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Graves of Arthur Kill

Click on image below to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.


April 2021