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If my post-entitling were consistent, this would be the twelfth post with pics from Mike.  Of course, if it were differently consistent, this would be Lois M 4.   Yes, 4 because of this post which would be Thanks to Jake . . . and a number. OK, I’ll stop with all the meta-commentary.

Nevertheless, Lois M is still in town, hibernating  . . .  you might say,  waiting not so much for spring as for completion of the work on her barge.

To highlight her size . . .  she ‘s 108′ x 35′ x 18’ and propelled by 4800 hp.

To quote the GLtugs site, she’s a “z-drive tug was built in 1991 by Matsuura Tekko Zosen of Higashino, Japan as the Lambert for Cleveland Cliffs-Robe River Iron in Australia.”

Note the WTC 1 beyond the stern deck and

the Empire State Building and Williamsburg Bridge beyond her here.

Many thanks, Mike.



aka GHP&W 8, subset of port of Bayonne.  Actually, MOTBY expands to Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne and you saw an aerial of it here.


T-AKR 313 USNS Red Cloud is named not for the place but for this person, Mitchell Red Cloud.


I took these photos in November 2015, but as of mid-January, Red Cloud was still in Bayonne Dry Dock. 







All photos by Will Van Dorp.

And I thought I was a solitary tourist wanting to see the sights here?  I always do bring outatowners here to my “offices” for the scenery.


And to think that he too thought a maritime center devoted to contemporary shipping is sorely needed along the busy channels of the sixth boro.


First, Noble Maritime IS open this Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day.  More than half the fotos in this post are from the well-worth-seeing display called “Tides of 100 Years.”    Snug Harbor also caught some attention in the New Yorker  this week.

The KVK always intrigues and amuses.  Like, this tanker . . . made me think Torm is mini?    No way . . . it’s heavily-laden,  it’s rusty,


it’s orange (or would you call that cantaloupe?).



Over beyond it at Bayonne’s dry dock, USNS Dahl is getting a make-over.



Farther west, Maersk Phoenix is transferring a petroleum product and soon to head into the Mediterranean.


John Noble is the godfather of this blog.  And this exhibit helps you form a fuller idea of the artist.





And lest you think, it’s only his fabulous artwork, it’s more . . . like this manual below.  John Noble had a Jeepster, one of my all-time to-be-coveted vehicles!  See the flickr image to the left margin of this blog.   Anyone remember his topless Jeepster around Staten Island?


And here’s a taste of his workshop . . ..


If you have a chance this weekend or soon, come to see this exhibit.  Spend some time in the museum, and then find a place across the road to sit and watch his inspiration.

Tangentially related:  My Jeepster story does NOT involve John Noble or even NY.  I was born in coastal North Carolina, a marshy farming area where deep ditches tend to outline roads.  My slightly older relatives–who will stay unnamed–used to waterski behind the Jeepster.  Run the tow line from the car to the ditch, where the skiier crouches at the ready hoping to begin the ride before a snapping turtle, alligator, or water moccasin happens along.  Once the tow gets going, keep your skis cranked forward in the ditch, not toward the car.  Can be done. Has been.  Wish I had fotos!

If anyone has Noble Jeepster stories, please leave a comment.

Here’s 3.

Cape Washington left today, following in the wake of Lia.  Zim Beijing came in;  I’m guessing “my” Bebedouro will leave soon, and the pace of ins-outs is such that I have to content myself seeing in on AIS.

Although I’m intrigued with names and itineraries like OOCL Oakland and

Zim Qingdao back here yesterday,

traffic longterm runs together and

goes out of focus and even


For a moment, that is.  HS Livingstone entered the harbor Saturday morning, and by midmorning Sunday, it’s off Atlantic City making for Baltimore.



inbound, then outbound  .  . .

I wonder about the blur for the mariner of these global box vessels.  Here’s a question I have insufficient info to answer:  Pick a year like 1940, and the number of dockworkers that year per ton of cargo transferred between ship and shore.  Now compare the tonnage of freight handled on the docks of NYC in 1940 and 2012 and thereby calculate how many dockworkers would be needed in 2012 using the 1940 dockworker/ton rate.  And why?  Check out this article in today’s NYTimes called “…Rise of the Machines.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Yesterday close ups . . . today zoomed outs, like this.  There’s something eerie about a bulker named Tigris (2003) headed up the Hudson, for Yonkers and then Aruba, but I’m glad bowsprite caught this foto, which suggests how narrow the North River here is. I’d seen Tigris but been unable to get a foto.

Likewise, Ocean Morning . . . I saw her on AIS over in Port Newark, but  . . . only thanks to John Watson do I have a foto of her leaving here for Boston.

Great Eastern (2005) I caught several times . . . and by now, like Ocean Morning, she’s in Boston.

Yuan He (1994) also heads from here to Boston;  this German-built vessel seems

to be showing her segments overly so distinctly I could be convinced she’s about   . . .  to molt!

Maersk Willemstadt was here last week and is already outbound from Savannah, Miami as next destination.

Likewise, Turandot (1994 , is Georgia bound tonight.  Turandot, like other WW vessels, carries an operatic name like Don Juan and Traviata.

Conti Larimar (2011) may still be

loading scrap in the sixth boro.

What ship is this?  Maria T

is actually a barge, a dry cargo covered barge whose contents are suggested by the name . . . LaFarge, and if that sounds French . . . well, it is.   And I believe it’s pushed by Doris Moran.

Passing in the KVK here are Advance Victoria, escorted by  Gramma Lee T. Moran, and

Valle di Granada, 2006, 2002, and 2005, respectively.

And to conclude, dramatic vessel with a forbidding name . . . Cape Wrath (1982), named for this wet and wild desert . ..  of sorts, getting serviced over at GMD Bayonne.

Fotos 1 and 2 as attributed;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

A floating door aka caisson can mean only one thing . . . 

something new is headed into the GMD graving dock.

It’s Yano . . . as in T-AKR-297.  named for Sfc. Rodney J. T. Yano.

Helping with the rotation is Resolute (starboard) and Maurania III, port stern, and

Charles D. McAllister.

Together they spin the vessel as

Freddy Miller stands by.

No dead ship is Yano, as she assists.

Tight as it looks, when the large vessel is

inside the graving dock, about 20′ margin exists on either side.

Thanks to John Watson for the first two shots;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

The vessel is Tor Viking II, I didn’t take the foto,  and it’s nowhere near the sixth boro.  Nor is it near Vancouver BC or the United Arab Emirates, although it’s linked to both those places.   Have you seen or heard of Tor Viking II?

Tor Viking II is one of two tugs currently towing bulk carrier Golden Seas with its 60,000 tons of rapeseed for making canola oil in the Emirates.  Robert of Oil-Electric tells a thorough story about the distressed bulk carrier that may (by now) have arrived in Dutch Harbor.  You may recall Robert’s report on Deepwater from May 2010.  You’ll also find out what a “canola plant” looks like.

The foto below shows old-style 1941 coastal oil ship and a 2006 ice-strengthened Aframax tanker.  (Doubleclick enlarges.)

To see a foto of Stena Antarctica moving oil through the ice, click here and scroll.  See how a Stena fleetsibling, Poseidon, and Kafka get linked in a post from over two years ago.

Australian Spirit, far-off and all ashimmer in the cold.

Bravery Ace, delivering cars to a someday (?) car-free Manhattan?

A single-hull 1934 oil ship . . .  Kristin Poling, nears a turn in its road.

Jurkalne at anchor.

AKR310 USNS Sisler with its new black paint in GMD Bayonne.

And finally, crossing in the KVK, Euro Spirit and HanJin Chittagong.

Most exciting of all . . . Alice is back in town!  Anyone get a foto of her?

All fotos, unless otherwise attributed, by Will Van Dorp.  Be sure to read the Golden Seas story linked above and written by Robert of Oil-Electric.  Here’s the canola story.

And –just confirmed– see you in Charleston for New Years!!  I can’t wait to gallivant.

Around 2 pm, John P. Brown leaves the KVK for the northwest, and a

bit later, Sisler (T-AKR 311) heads into port with a gaggle of McAllister tugs assisting.

Then I noticed Brown had an odd thin vessel on the hip,

one that I couldn’t figure out until

I noticed how they measured up, and then it

dawned on me:  Sisler goes into drydock and this closes the dock off!

Brown is floating the door!  I wanted to see the rest of the process, but by now the

golden hour had arrived and my

flash would be woefully inadequate!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who once again succeeded in seeing something new.

Quick post here.  Laura K Moran rousts Westerhaven off the dock.  Notice the docklines at the bow, starting to unlace like a shoe.

F. Dawson crosses the Buttermilk Channel.

Socrates gets some bottom scratching.  Uh . . .  if Socrates gets lavished with this sort of attention, who’s minding Sugar Express?

Why . . . Sugar‘s having a blast in the same shipyard–GMD–of course.  Click here for some earlier fotos from GMD.

And to conclude, here’s GMD from the water . . . with North River and Sea Hawk waiting outside the door.  By the way, does anyone know the specific role played by that (obsolete) horizontal antenna atop the building in the background right?

All fotos this week by Will Van Dorp.

Basic foto blog today:  Miss Gill against the salt dock with Jose Stream …er … across the stream.  As of this morning, Stream is headed for  . . . Gulf of Mexico.

Patapsco in notch with Elk River having just given an assist.

Robert IV pushes a Hughes barge with a Vergona crane.

Check out the yellow truckable tug on the barge?  I don’t know that one.

A last shot of the small yellow tug with Curtis Reinauer (house up) in the background.

American Legion films us (my screen test?) as we pass;  Timothy L. Reinauer in the background.

OSG Vision is still in the boro;  compare freeboard at stern with three people in the small orange boat.  Also, that Thomas J. Brown pushing past with stone.

Another shot of OSG Vision, and

yet another, this one showing Volunteer (air draft 114′) again.  I’m positioned here closer to Volunteer.

Crushed stone in the foreground and the scrap piles of Clermont in the background (Jersey City), where Marillion (ex-World Trader I).

loads.  I wonder if there are any cut-up tugs on those scrap piles.  Has Privateer been located?

And all this is just two hours or so of my meanderings around the tiny bits of the sixth boro.

All fotos by will Van Dorp.

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