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Jay Michael comes thanks to Bjoern Kils of NY Media Boat. I’m not sure why I’ve “deep freezed” these photos since April.
I caught this photo of Lynx leaving for the Commonwealth a few weeks ago.
Notice the curved panel atop the front of the wheelhouse?
It’s an open upper nag station. Check out the controls. Ever used?
Her tow had an interesting name for a barge.
Recognize this boat from the mast?
For something really different, here are two clips from youtube.
And second, on Kettenschleppers, toueurs, or chain tugs . . . the video is not English but you can get the drift in two minutes or less. They’re used in long unventilated tunnels which would fill with fumes if combustion engines were used.
What is this?
How about a little more of the same shot? Now can you guess? Cashman is a familiar New England company . . . but that tug, Todd Danos, is not exactly a name known in these parts.
Have you figured out the location? Dace Reinauer and Senesco are the best clues here. Of course, this is the Narragansett Bay.
Weeks tugs Robert and
Elizabeth sometimes work in the sixth boro . . . as here in June 2012.
“Invisible gold” is the term used at the event below–subject of tomorrow’s post. The speaker to the right is Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, the project to place wind turbines in +70′ of water southeast of Block Island. It’s happening now, and all the photos in this post–except the one below–were taken in July and early August by Nate Lopez.
And providing supply and crew support to get “steel in the water” are Rosemary Miller and
Again many thanks to Nate for these photos. More on this project in tomorrow’s post.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.
First . . . this foto by Bob Dahringer of Katherine (1979 in Louisiana). As of this writing, Bob is back upriver playing with Hudson River ice cubes.
Next . . . this foto from Key West, thanks to my sister, who’s gotten a camera upgrade. Yay! A few years ago, I was snorkeling–sans camera–off a Key West beach and came up to notice two tugboats that looked a lot like these. My first thought then was–wow! K-Sea tugs in the Conch Republic. My second thought was . . . I have no camera and therefore no one will ever believe me. I’m now pretty sure I saw Titan (1974 in Long Beach, CA) and Ocean Atlas (1964 in San Diego, California).
Brian DeForest took this foto of Marjorie B. McAllister (1974 in Louisiana) last week of a very icy sixth boro.
And recently . . . in a springy waterboro of NYC, Brendan Turecamo (1975 in Louisiana) assisted a tanker on its way out to sea,
Doris Moran (1982 in Louisiana) assisted a chemical tanker into port, and
Miss Niz (2003 from Alabama) moved some dredging equipment around. Note the survey boat–Michele Jeanne–reading the bottom contours over on the Bayonne side.
Thanks much to Bob, Maraki, and Brian for use of their fotos.
Here was 1 and 2. Twelve minutes elapses in the set of fotos. In the distance beyond the pipelines, Siteam Explorer (more on her later) and ACL Atlantic Compass pass. The green vessel center right is Atchafalaya, foto at the end of this post.
Tailing Atlantic Compass around Bergen Point is the vessel currently known as Elizabeth McAllister. Click here for her long history, including a quite serious mishap almost exactly 25 years ago when she was called Elizabeth Moran.
Atlantic Compass–like some of her fleetmates–is 29 years old, built at Kockums in Malmo, Sweden–right across the water from Copenhagen. Click here for some great archival fotos of this generation of ACL ROROs.
That’s McAllister Responder now tailing portside.
Note the folded-down mast.
Unrelated: Here’s a closer up of Atchafalaya.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Over six years ago, here was the last time I used this title. At 09:23 this morning, E. R. Denver was at Howland Hook as an outbound tanker eased by. E. R. seems to have been created by erasure from MaERsk.
. . . nine seconds later, it’s
This is serious, precision navigating,
with even less tolerance of errors because of the channel work, and
surrounding traffic, like Kristy Ann Reinauer and Paul Andrew and dredge units.
This short stretch of Arthur Kill, where serious dredging is enlarging the channel, were featured here and here (a blast!!) back last October. I’m not given to playing video games or using simulators, but if such a thing were available, I can imagine spending time playing “games” imitating professionals piloting different types of vessels through ports of the world in every sort of conditions. Hats off to the professionals.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Like a galley or head or deck, the harbor itself needs maintenance of the routine as well as the extraordinary sort. Given the amount of oil that’s found its way into the sixth boro the past two months, the latter sort is going on. The bird sanctuary mentioned in the first sentence of this link is Shooters Island . . whose history I spoke of here about a year ago.
A routine removal of silt from shipping channels is performed by the vessel below–Atchafalaya–as well as Padre Island, which I got closeups of here two and a half years ago.
Back to a different set of post-Sandy extraordinary cleanups involve this vessel, with the appropriate name Driftmaster . . . not that it drifts around the sixth boro. Rather, it collects and either removes or secures large floating materials drifting in the harbor.
These fotos come compliments of bowsprite. What I believe is going on here is Driftmaster securing floating docks that in the highest of the surge floated right up off the pilings. I’m not sure where this Driftmaster was built . . . It may date from 1947.
Ditto here. This floating dock needs to be locked back into the pilings. The crane barge here is moved around by 1965 tug Harry McNeal. In the bottom foto, notice the square holes through which the cylindrical pilings must fit.
All but the first two fotos (mine) were taken by bowsprite, whom I thank.
A laker (or ex-laker) in salt water . . . now that’s a thought that delights me, although I admit the foto is less than mediocre, but it’s Pioneer. Quite a few salties ply the Great Lakes. Note the characteristic self-unloading gear midships. She looks to be a sibling of M/V Ambassador, which last appeared here about two years ago. Since I took this foto, Pioneer has shuttled up to Halifax and is now southwest bound again, for Portsmouth, NH.
Eddie Carroll, one of the scow’s transporting spoils from the dredging at the north end of the Arthur Kill looks in need of some paint, although the scaly rust does give character.
Here’s the first of recent sights to behold: Meagan Ann towing scow Witte 4001 all the way through the KVK.
Witte 4001 has the cubic yard capacity of at least 40 dump trailers. Mary Alice . . . near the Bayonne Bridge . . . moves a scow alongside.
Weddell Sea pushing 2004 Senesco-built DBL 83 (ex-The Patriot),
sternview of the classic 1967 YTB-793 known to most around the sixth boro as Ellen McAllister,
at least three tugs (I believe . . . Margaret Moran, Laura K. Moran, and Ellen McAllister) and two container ships (Italy Express and MOL Endowment) entering port. As I pot this, MOL Endowment is passing St Pierre et Miquelon, and Italy Express–also Europe-bound–is not that far behind.
another stern view, this one of 1980 USACE Gelberman, built in Arkansas,
Maria J moves a barge over toward the Gowanus, while Lucy Reinauer awaits departure for Baltimore,
The list could go on, but I’m out of time once again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for some not delightful at all statistics about losses in sixth boro ports as a result of Sandy.
Joan Turecamo and Charles D. McAllister . . . . neck and neck like a team of horses, a combined package of 6100 horses’ power.
Meagan Ann . . . always with her 2250 hp at work, like so many others.
Doris Moran . . . 4610 hp.
Lynx . . . 1830 hp powering past the entrance to the Morris Canal.
Kimberly Poling . . . 3000 hp
Pati R. Moran (5100) and Miriam Moran (3000) in the distance assisting Hoechst Express (almost 49000 hp) out to sea.
Freddie K Miller (1500, I think) moving a debris scow out of the KVK.
Weddell Sea (4500) heading for the anchorage.
Which brings us back to the tandem that started off this post.
And that’s a lot of horses.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve headed into a different part of the sixth boro each of the past three days . . . today was the North River . . . passenger terminal, since
three cruise ships came in around 0700 hrs . . . Gem and Brilliance, shown here, as well as Caribbean Princess, still outside the Narrows when this screenshot was taken. John J Marchi is a ferry, and I’ve not gotten confirmation it carried passengers. Anyone ride a Staten Island ferry today? And as of 1830 hrs, all have again departed. Notice the icon for Glory Express in the screen grab below? I believe this is the 2-million-barrel tanker referenced in this article. It’s been outside the Lower Bay for a few days now.
Cruise ship passengers debarking and others boarding in midTown . . . along with closed midTown streets closed because of this bent crane AND
disrupted LIRR and subways . . . made for lots of surly folks, if not a zombie apocalypse then at least an invasion of the cheeriness snatchers. For outatowners, on a normal day, eachtown listed on this Long Island Railroad schedule board would have several departure times listed.
Jersey City and Hoboken, coastal NJ cities across the river from midTown, have experienced their share of disruption. Here Catherine Miller delivers a crane barge northbound as a helicopter (National Guard?) flies to the south.
Vicki M moves another barge near the Hoboken ferry terminal, then
as Lynx moves a load of generators, loaders, and other equipment (not sure what some of it is),
Vicki M plays mobile thruster there before
moving southward to play same role with Jay Michael.
Overhead . . . might Janet Napolitano be in that chopper?
Unrelated: Kirby’s Siberian Sea in Halifax here.