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LNYBL? Gulf of Mexico? North Sea? Persian Gulf? No . . . it’s Lower NY Bay, and these days it’s populated with unusual equipment.
That’s a spudded jackup barge holding Weeks 751, and off to the right, it’s an exotic
Two other tugs tending the work barge Bisso D/B Boaz are Pacific Dawn 1974 (ex-Pelican Magic) –above and below–and
Smith Invader (2006).
And what’s going on is the LNYB Rockaway Lateral Project, a three-mile connection between Brooklyn and the existing offshore pipeline. A closer-up map can be found here. Anyone know how long ago the existing Transco pipeline went in?
More details of the deal here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s off the Canal for at least another day and a half.
Here was the first in this series.
The first three photos below–Weeks 535 to the left and Weeks 529 to the right–I took on December 3, 2013.
The rest of the photos here–taken by Brian DeForest–show cranes including Weeks 535 taken in mid-July 2014. Note the orange-helmeted man at the lower left point in the crane barge hull.
Here are the cranes of Howland Hook where Grande Morocco
prepares for her run along the coast of West Africa.
Finally . . . a unique perspective for landlubbers . . . Weeks 573 working on the Goethals Bridge southeast side.
Many thanks to Brian for these photos.
It’s Margot, last included on this blog here. Guess the location?
Here’s a closer-up of Gage Paul with Robbins Light in the background.
Here’s Robert leaving the sixth boro this morning with a tow that
East Coast meets west coast this morning alongside Corossol.
The newer Dean headed eastbound on the KVK and
and finally . . another configuration of Marjorie B. McAllister.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . Margot‘s location in the first photo is Tottenville NY, with Outerbridge Crossing in the background.
Just before 0700, Medi Osaka rounded the bend, low in the water as a galleon from the Andean mines. Only two hours before, under darkness, Medi Osaka‘s soon-to-be berth was still occupied by Global Success, which had just completed discharging its payload of road salt, at least the part of the load gong to Atlantic Salt.
Many media reports notwithstanding, there is road salt around. Not all suppliers have been out.
This clam shell has been steadily emptying out holds.
Granted the salt has been leaving almost as quickly as it has arrived, but
count the trucks . . . a dozen and a half waiting here . . and more.
For JS and others who know the place, yes, I’m atop the salt pile looking down on Leidy’s . . . not far from Sailor’s Snug Harbor.
The trucks are there loading salt from Global Success even before Medi Osaka docks.
There’s 36 feet of water here and then some.
Note the crew watch the vessel inch up to the docking barge.
The next post will show the linemen ferrying the lines to shore crews running them up to the bollards.
Meanwhile, temperatures were almost to 50 F by the time I left here.
Many thanks to Bjoern Kils of nymediaboat.com for use of this foto. Check out Bjoern’s website here.
And many thanks to Phil Little for the rest of these shots. I’m certain Phil won’t object to sharing the text that accompanied these fotos, as it too captures the moment:
As of this writing, I believe the two Foss tugs are refueling, resupplying, and possibly re-crewing . . . in preparation to return to sea for the next job.
Bjoern and Phil . . . thanks much.
It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others. But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning.
And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP.
Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews!
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More soon.
This first foto is by a secret salt . . . showing Dory (1978) and Captain Zeke (1980) tandem towing beach-lounging 125′ deck barge back onto the water.
And . . . attributed by the watermark . . . fotos from last week before Janus chilled the town, Atlantic Conveyor gets an assist from Charles D. McAllister (1967).
Shelby (1978) also worked in the January fog. Thanks, Brian.
And the rest of the fotos are mine: the seldom-seen Specialist (1956?), here close and
Two Coasts . . . Chesapeake (2011) and Emerald (1973).
Resolute (1975) about to pass Düsseldorf Express (1998),
Many thanks to the secret salt and Brian DeForest for their fotos. 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.
Finally, a relatively close-up foto of Katherine.
Bruce A. McAllister pushes through the snowflakes, as do
Blue Fin . . . still gray,
Brooklyn and Patapsco,
and finally Pegasus.
And finally . .. escuse the poor quality, but these are cam-captures of Miss Lis at the Gatun Locks last Thursday, six days ago. Although it’s not legible here, the container at the bow of the barge reads “FLUOR.” Let’s keep a watch for this tow at the Narrows in the next few days . . . from the Left Coast and headed here for the Tappan Zee project, I presume.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A buried ship?
Nah . . . See the Newark Bay Bridge in the background and if you look carefully just under the open clamshell in the center of the foto, you might spot WTC1 in Manhattan.
Here’s a closer up of United Challenger–now back at sea and bound for Norfolk, actually Newport News, I think, to load coal. See the WTC1 between the crane cab and the bridge?
The workday is getting under way.
Clamshells drop the salt into the loader.
Huge trucks loaded with relatively small increments of the 61,000 ton cargo transport the road salt to
the top of the mountain.
Here you’re looking from the ship at–I’d guess–at least a million tons of road salt.
And these are one of two sets of hands that unload the ship by controlling
clamshell buckets this size. Think of these places, ships, and crews when next you’re driving on icy roads.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More soon. Many thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt for permission to get these fotos.
Tangentially related: Check out this article in the NYTimes about my friend John Skelson.