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Ice . . we love it in some drinks. but on rivers and roads, it’s a nuisance. Ice breakers try to keep strategic waterways open, and on roadways, salt is the weapon, but when the storehouse floor looks like this and
and this, then you pray for another replenishment. By the way, the top photo looks down into this hold from the exterior.
Geography and time are impediments, but so are well-intentioned regulations, as explained in this article. We’re still a month from the start of spring this year, and according to the article embedded in the previous sentence, the state of NJ–I don’t know the info for NYC or NY–has used 1.5 times the amount of salt used all last winter.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for all the photos in this post.
These photos were taken on M/V Rhine last week.
Currently the next vessel has arrived and . . . more are in the offing.
Many thanks to Brian for these photos.
It’s high time for me to reread Kurlansky’s Salt.
The link here may show the first glimpse I had of Balder. Let me share my getting better acquainted, but first . . . the foto below I took 13 months ago. Note the different colors of salt, reflecting
different provenances, as explained in Ian Frazier’s New Yorker article below. Buy a copy to get the rest of the story.
Without this vessel, all of us who drive the roads or walks the sidewalks and streets within the metropolis surrounding the sixth boro would be at greater risk of slipping and crashing. Framed that way, Balder could not be better named. Here’s what Kimberly Turecamo looks like from Balder‘s bridge.
On the far side of the channel, that’s Dace.
Here’s what has come forth from Balder‘s belly, a bit of the Atacama Desert on the KVK. Huge tractors load the trucks that come to a highway department near you today.
This 246′ arm, reaching nearly to Richmond Terrace, offloads at the relatively slow rate of 8oo tons per hour.
And here’s the hold just emptied, one hold of five. Notice the ladders and the tracks at the base of the hold.
Click here to see the unloading machinery in action.
Here’s what gets even the last pound making up the nearly 50,000-ton payload onto the salt dock.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt and the Balder crew for the tour.
I love snowy mornings . . . like this one 48 hours ago.
As of this writing, APL Pearl--Oakland registered–has just docked in Savannah. I also adore surprises: it turns out I took fotos of APL Pearl docking in Howland Hook four and a half years ago, when the vessel was known as Hyundai Voyager.
Resolute follows–well, resolutely–waiting to retrieve the docking pilot.
And what’s on the boxpile?
As I said, I love snowstorms. That’s when the most interesting fotos seem daring someone to snap them.
All fotos snapped by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll start here for a reason. This 1941 vessel built in Stamford, CT, was originally YTL 169, 61′ loa. In November 1997 she was called Spuyten Duyvil and used to transport the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from Stony Point to the East river. I’ve mentioned this before, but although I’ve searched high and low, by letter, word-of-mouth, and electronically . . . I’ve located NO fotos of that event. None!! Can this event have completed eluded the photography crowd? If you know of a foto, please get in touch. Click here for a foto of this tug–I believe–I took almost 8 years ago now.
Ever Decent . . . foto taken 10 days ago, here being passed by Evening Star, is already well into the Pacific Ocean.
Turecamo Girls, here in the KVK, was waiting on the outside of the Amtrack Prtal Bridge last week, but of course I didn’t have a camera.
Amy C McAllister slings in a Bouchard barge, and
McAllister Sisters does the same with a Reinauer barge.
Bering Dawn moves another dredge scow out to sea.
Bob-tailed B. Franklin heads back to her barge, and
Eastern Dawn heads west into the Kills.
So, does anyone know of a foto showing Spuyten Duyvil with the 1997 Rockefeller Christmas tree heading south from Stony Point?
All fotos except the top one by Will Van Dorp.
FedEx in the sky, container barge at the ASI yard on this side, Donjon Marine yard on the other side, and off the end of the channel, highways and railways. By the way, Fred Smith has long been one of my heros.
EWR is one of three very busy airports in greater New York.
Note the control tower at the airport. Check that link for a view of the whole complex from the air.
And the ship . . . since 1 September, here’s a list of ports it has called in: Balikpapan, Yeosu, Huanghua, Aviles (maybe) , Red Dog Mine, and who knows where else. And some of the crew . . . are dreaming of visiting Times Square and Rockefeller tonight.
And if this is Port Newark, then next it’s Norfolk.
Inquiring minds have demanded more context . . . to Whatzit 16. It’s called Harvest Dome, SLO Architecture‘s fun art project, which is intended to float in the Gowanus near 3rd and 3rd til late Spring 2014 on the watery side of this place. Here are some fotos of the trip from Governors Island to the Gowanus Canal.
Note the Times photographer lower left here at the foot of the bridge and
lower right seen through the frame and recycled umbrellas. Unrelated: Check out this informative article on recycling in Taiwan.
R/V Blue Sea passes in front of Pier 5 BBP.
And since we’re on the topic of water and recreation and/or art . . . it’s Beacon NY and this sloop.
Woody. . .
as well as these arts panels. The next few fotos I took in August 2013.
The idea of these “line locker” posts is that they allow me to catch up and throw in even the kitchen sink if it relates in even the slightest way, check out this “river tug” byulit in St. Louis, MO by the same shipyard that built the Stephen L. Colby, which sank in the Upper Mississippi earlier this week. Check out the 1966 as well as the 1967 work on hull#2326. Now travel back on this shipyard list to the icebreaking tugs built in 1944 and ’45. Click on the foto below for more pics of these unusual looking US-produced tugboats. Does anyone have updates on this class of vessel?
Some random things I stumbled upon yesterday include these old fotos of NYC harbor aka sixth boro; a Canadian self-unloading bulker that was weather-bound off the mid-Jersey coast about a week ago was actually Algoma Equinox, a newbuild on its way to Canada from a Chinese shipyard; a Christmas train from Canada visits northern NY state and captured by Fred of tug44. (No, the train wasn’t captured per se. I just meant in fotos, although I’m sure Fred could always have surprises in store.)
Any guesses? A clue . . if the vessel stays on schedule, it’ll be back in the sixth boro in about a month.
Safety Comes First. Commodities come promptly. Which ones?
Here’s another clue then . . . the vessel hull-down here is Antwerp-bound and then recrosses the pond to approach the Panama Canal two and a half weeks from now. Another clue . . . it reminds me of what in my boyhood was the sixth foto here: my neighbor used a farm truck just like this to get the tomatoes, pickles, cabbage . . . to market . .. in that case the local canneries.
Answer: the vessel disappearing over the horizon yesterday afternoon is Albermarle Island (1993). Click here and scroll down to see her ports history. The foto below I took in June 2011, one I didn’t use in this post–Commodities 2– from around that date. Click here to see the schedule of all the Ecuadorian Line boats that bring us mostly–I presume–Ecuadorian bananas. Here are more Ecuadorian exports to the US.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If you’re good at getting your head around numbers, here’s a set from the Office of Trade Representative.
Here’s the latest bunch of fotos from my daughter. I’m guessing the high spirits on board here must have attracted her attention . . . .
Chances are you won’t travel on one of these if you’ll be in Rio for the World Cup or the Olympics; here’s what the newer ferries will look like.
Researching Dialcar III led to very little directly, but I stumbled onto this huge trove . . .
The scene in Guanabara Bay, with William C. O’Malley in the foreground. Who was O’ Malley? Anyhow, researching the vessel led–once again–to this Brazilian blog by Erik Azevedo. Erik . . you still there? Onde você está?
Closer up of another pilot . . . 09 . .
Another Norwegian in Rio . . . Olympic Triton.
Ipanema, another great old ferry. See a promo video and hear the language here.
Which brings us back to our fishing boat . . .
Muito obrigado to my daughter Myriam for these fotos. Just this week I learned of a Brazilian singer-songwriter playing in the outer boros of NYC. Hear Mallu Magalhães here in English and here and here in Portuguese.
If you’re new to this blog, back in July 2013 I devoted 25 posts to Rio.
The profile was unusual for me . . . with such a complex afterdeck.
The name is somewhat familiar, although the BJ prefix makes all the difference. Function?
Birds hanging out on the bulbous bow?
It’s an anchor handling tug named
Maersk Terrier, one of ten of this specific type. Here is a list of the wealth of support/supply vessels in Maersk’s fleet
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
But first, an orange digression leaving the Narrows this morning under the tow of Michael J. McAllister, with Resolute alongside. Is it
Senator John J. Marchi or Guy V. Molinari? These years maintenance is done in Virginia, and here are fotos from just under a year ago of Marchi at sea. Is special ballasting need to facilitate better towing of a ferry? What other preps happen before a tow like this?
The juice in this post is here, my reason for getting out at daybreak.
She and escort passed Discovery Coast at the east end of the KVK.
Turecamo Girls throws on some extra anti-skidmark gear as she escorts the juice ship.
The juice ships are my favorite, although I prefer the lines of the previous Orange Star to this newer vessel. My fotos of Orange Star fleetmates include Orange Blossom, Bebedouro, Orange Wave, and Orange Sun. I don’t believe I’ve gotten a foto of Orange Sky. An unexpected detail about these tankers is that they are managed/operated from the peerless maritime nation of Switzerland.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
For some great fotos of lakers laid up about 500 miles from here in Sarnia, check out tugboathunter here. He found some frozen-in tugs there too.