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Compliments to the NY Times for paying attention to sixth boro stories in the past weeks. The lead in this story by Elisabeth Rosenthal reminds me of a bottled jam I saw on the shelves of a general store in the remote area of the Congo where I worked as a Peace Corps volunteer decades ago. The orange marmalade carried an astronomical price–I’ll arbitrarily say $10–in a place where oranges grew wild and a majority of the population practiced subsistence farming and bartered for the few things they couldn’t grow, make, or dig–razors, salt, bullets, steel wire.

Above is a foto of Atlantic Ocean offloading bananas in Howland Hook. At this link is a foto of Abangarez, a banana boat built a century ago. Here’s a quote from Rosenthal’s article: “Cod caught off Norway is shipped to China to be turned into filets, then shipped back to Norway for sale. Argentine lemons fill supermarket shelves on the Citrus Coast of Spain, as local lemons rot on the ground. Half of Europe’s peas are grown and packaged in Kenya.” This is explained by the relative cost of fileting or fruit picking in different places.

Tomatoes grown in Dutch greenhouses and sold in my native upstate New York supermarket, a store built on land that used to grow many tons of tomatoes, are harder to understand, except they’re sold several to a section of vine, making them appear more wholesome maybe.

I’m still at a loss to explain the Danish marmalade in the Portuguese-run Congolese store.

Photo, WVD.

Blogging–you know this–means maintaining a log, with all the benefits. Here‘s what I logged a year ago.



The solstice this year happens 12/22 at 1:08 am EST (6:08 UT). For this post, I wanted only fotos I took on the 12/21. Above a very crowded Arthur Kill: (foreground left to right) Thomas D. Witte, APL Virginia, Atlantic Ocean, Turkon’s Dilara Kilkavan, and a tiny work boat.



And here’s more: aft of APL Virginia lies APL President Polk, Ellen McAllister at bow and Eileen McAllister abeam. And you thought the highways were jammed. And I wonder whether these containers hold spring fashions and summer clothes.


It’s 4 pm here, already dark at nine hours before the solstice; 182 days from now, come summer solstice, folks will lie still sunning themselves. Peace on earth, calm at sea, and quiet at anchorage . . . like the crew on this Reinauer tug and barge.

Only 91 short but lengthening days til spring!!!

Photos, WVD.

I’ve wondered about these smaller vessels in Arthur Kill for almost as long as I’ve been doing this blog, which is now in its 12th month. They all have orange hulls, and the naming system alludes to the oceans of our planet. Guess their provenance? Answer is given below.



Here Arctic Ocean is offloaded while taking on lube oil from Rolf Williams, featured previously. I recall being excited when I first saw Arctic Ocean, thinking it came from the far north.



Atlantic Ocean is almost identical about 10, 000 dwt. Ready to guess yet? Registry is Nassau, and that might account for the orange, but what cargo?



Juxtaposition with the 5000+ teu MOL Experience (less than 6 months old) shows the relative size quite clearly. That’s Indian Ocean, and all three vessels were fotografed at Howland Hook in the past six months. So’d you guess what’s in the hold yet?

Would you guess . . . provenance is Ecuador? See the EL on the stack of Arctic Ocean? Ecuadorian Line uses Nassau as a flag of convenience. Cargo? My guess is bananas. If you look on the left side of the Ecuadorian Line homepage, there a link to bonita. Check out this bonita link. Seven days from Guayquil to Staten Island, read it here. Here’s more on banana shipment, thanks to . . Crisco.

So . . . why not paint these vessels yellow?

All images by Will Van Dorp.

After an incomplete spectrum of blog color titles, here’s orange although I’m not satisfied with my pictures..



Container ship Atlantic Ocean and sisters are orange regulars, reefers, but . . .



Aegean Faith is orange and carries the most common fluid into the sixth boro, but I set out to shot something orange and Brazilian . . .




I loved the fluid style of’s Brazilian dancers on Fifth Avenue, but …



I’ve an additional obsession: Orange Wave, the juice tanker that delivers millions of gallons of orange fluid–my lifeblood– into New York. But I’ve discovered the vessels I’m looking for aren’t orange–but white!!! Click here and read the section called “Concentrate Story.”

Orange juice tankers, wine tankers . . . next floating milk tankers? Do they already exist? Coca-cola tankers? How about explosive champagne tankers?

All photos by will Van Dorp.

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