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The needle says I’ve pumped enough air into the tanks to restart the main blog engines, but instead of returning with a chronological account of departing the bayous, which will come, I’ll begin with minutae, like this.  

I recognized the tugboat at once in Tampa harbor.  I first saw her new in early 2010, and I’ve added some links to my early posts below.

Unmistakably here is OSG Vision, that is Vision.  I’m not sure she’s actually still an OSC tugboat. 

Vision and many other ATBs reflected the . . .  vision . . . of Bob Hill, recently departed, RIP. I had the pleasure to meet him twice, years ago. 

I’d be happy to hear from anyone who has worked aboard Vision and whomever has knowledge about her future, given that she’s still a young boat. 

All photos here, WVD, taken in port of Tampa .

Some archival posts with Vision are here, but you have to scroll:  from Philly in 2010, from the sixth boro in spring 2010, and from spring 2011 also in the sixth boro.  You can find others if you use the upper lefts each window. 

I had something else for today, but  . . . Sea Power . . .changes everything.  No, this is NOT a post about assets of global military hegemony.  Instead, Sea Power is the name

of a huge tug that pushed Sea-Chem 1 into the sixth boro yesterday, and Tony Acabono sent along these photos of the unit arriving in the KVK. 

Here‘s another article on the completion of the barge in Erie PA, stressing the complexity of tank barge construction.

I recall back in 2016 when the tug just launched by BAE Systems Jacksonville FL traveled up the Saint Lawrence to DonJon Shipbuilding in Erie PA to pick up that 185,000 barrel barge. It’s not the largest tank barge or any type of barge, but you have to admit it’s pretty big.   OSG 350 is much larger.  And Presque Isle is bigger yet.  I saw Presque Isle passing Mackinac here a few years back.

12000 hp . . .  there have been a few other tug boats in the sixth boro with that kind of power, OSG has some like Vision and Crowley has some like Courage come to mind. US Shipping Corp. has four 12000 hp tugs as well:  Freeport, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Galveston.  Here‘s a 24400 hp tug.

This photo, which I took, shows what her overall length is. Entire profiles of long vessels do not interesting photos make.

Some detail shots of an icy bow unlike what you’d see in Port Everglades . . .

 

 

Anyone know Sea Power’s height of eye?

Many thanks to Tony for some of these photos.  All others . . . WVD, who wonders what crew number on Sea Power is. 

This is my first time to see a Seabulk vesssel in the sixth boro.  For a period of time, Yankee, which I first saw as a K-Sea boat,  was a Seabulk Towing vessel.

She’s still along the KVK as of post time.

 

Do you recognize this ship?

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Well, actually, Petroleum Producer is a barge, not a ship.  And Galveston is a 12,000 hp tug.

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And in port she needs assistance . . . here Freddy K Miller (I think . . . on starboard) and Pegasus.

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This generation of ATB units replaces ITBs that were still in the sixth boro when tugster started to pay attention back in 2006.  Back then, there was a fleet of ITBs, now waiting the scrapyard.  Click here and here for closeups I did of one of them, ITB Philadelphia, last known to be laid up in Great Bitter Lake in Egypt.  Anyone have followup news?

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The last time I caught closeups of Petroleum Producer and Galveston it was here (scroll through) in the Cape Fear River over two years ago.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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