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It’s Friday afternoon, and the Upper Bay seems congested . . .  Yano is being spun in the distance as McAllister Responder and McAllister Girls head east and Amy Moran enters the KVK.

Around the same time, here’s a shot of work in the sixth boro bookending the Yano move between my favorite cutterhead and construction at 1 WTC.

Cold, gusty Saturday the same basic area sees Taurus and Davis Sea jointly leveraging DBL 25 into a berth, and  . . .

Duncan Island heads for sea from out behind a dredge spoils scow holding station with Captain D.  Ever wonder why a reefer vessel of the Ecuadorian Line is called Duncan Island?  It’s Duncan Island aka Isla Pinzon, said to be named for the Pinzon brothers who captained the Nina and Pinta of the Columbus fleet.  Here’s a statue of the brothers, quite unknown in North America.

Most congestion as these two Moran groups cross:  left to right, Jean Turecamo, Catherine Turecamo, Scott Turecamo pushing New Hampshire, and Linda Moran pushing Houston.  Minerva Vaso lies at the dock in the distance.

At the end of this post is a video that really shows congestion, but as background, consider these two AIS screen captures, each showing about 2000 square miles.  The one below displays regularly about 100 vessels, whereas

this one .  . .  about 500 vessels.

Now enjoy as much of this 15-minute video as you have time for:  heavy traffic on Nieuwe Waterweg connecting Rotterdam with the North Sea.  Included are at least two container ships–MSC Alexandria and Maersk Edmonton— with three times the capacity of any vessels currently serving the sixth boro aka Port of New York and New Jersey.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

My first Landmarks post looked like this.  In the past  year the skyline has acquired a new detail, 1 WTC, long-awaited and even the subject of the Port Authority’s own 1 WTC website, which solicits your fotos, snapshots-in-time of the construction.    Call this set . . . juxtaposed shipping and skyline building.

Here the cranes seem to be additional gear atop Houma‘s wheelhouse.

River Elegance, standing in here for all the shipping that moves through our port, was running circles in the Upper Bay, escorted by Jean Turecamo and (over on the starboard side) James Turecamo.

Ross Sea (ex-Normandy) light, and

with DBL 22 on the hip.


Sunny Williams.  I haven’t seen Rolf in ages.

Greenland Sea.

HanJin Valencia . . . and more international container traffic passing within view of 1 WTC.

Jennifer Turecamo Turecamo Girls paces,  waiting to give its next nudge.  (eastriver . . . thanks for the correction.)

All these fotos show traffic passing within view of 1 WTC in March 2011.  I can’t exactly imagine what the building will look like in March 2012.    I think creating this visual record as witnessed from the sixth boro is important.  If you agree, consider uploading your fotos here at the PANYNJ site.  Or send them to tugster to complement what I’ll do for the foreseeable future.

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