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I thought I had done a post called “pushing oil,” but I seem to have mis-remembered. The closest I can find is here, and looking at this post, it’s clear to me how much I’ve learned since starting this blog. Here’s another related one from last year.
Clearly . . . that’s not a tanker below. Thanks to Ashley Hutto for this fine photo of Captain Zeke doing a job that might have been done by small tankers a few decades or less back.
Capt. Log is one such small tankers, and her life doing what she does so well is winding down.
Here two Moran tugs–Brendan and Catherine Turecamo, I think–push a tanker into a berth on the KVK.
Davis Sea . . . once this would have been done by a tanker.
Ditto Dace Reinauer.
Thanks to Ashley for the top photo. 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.
Any guesses? A clue . . if the vessel stays on schedule, it’ll be back in the sixth boro in about a month.
Safety Comes First. Commodities come promptly. Which ones?
Here’s another clue then . . . the vessel hull-down here is Antwerp-bound and then recrosses the pond to approach the Panama Canal two and a half weeks from now. Another clue . . . it reminds me of what in my boyhood was the sixth foto here: my neighbor used a farm truck just like this to get the tomatoes, pickles, cabbage . . . to market . .. in that case the local canneries.
Answer: the vessel disappearing over the horizon yesterday afternoon is Albermarle Island (1993). Click here and scroll down to see her ports history. The foto below I took in June 2011, one I didn’t use in this post–Commodities 2– from around that date. Click here to see the schedule of all the Ecuadorian Line boats that bring us mostly–I presume–Ecuadorian bananas. Here are more Ecuadorian exports to the US.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. If you’re good at getting your head around numbers, here’s a set from the Office of Trade Representative.
This summer has taken me to memorable places and points in time, one of which was this comparison of the NJ-side Holland Tunnel vents today and thirty years ago.
This morning as I walked to a meeting on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, I took this set of fotos, all within a quarter mile . . . More time travel?
Here’s a perspective of Lilac and Pilot from an angle that was not available–due to construction–as recently as two months ago. Click here (foto #11) for more info on Pilot, the 1941 tug along Lilac‘s starboard side.
Fair early morning sun illuminates tug Red Hook and the CRRNJ building, seen here 30 years ago.
Brendan Turecamo passes the Hoboken Terminal, originally completed in 1907. For a look at what’s behind the Terminal, click here.
Tailing Brendan Turecamo was El Galeon Andalucia, presumably headed south for Puerto Rico and Florida.
In Spanish . . . is the phrase “Felices vientos,” I’m wondering . . . Also, is El Galeon Andalucia the same vessel that I saw a half year ago in San Juan then called Galeon La Pepa?
All fotos taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:30 by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s my response to bowsprite’s post on Albany-bound ships . . . she drew a TEN tanker called Afrodite, but when I came looking–more on that later–I saw only Apollon, not necessarily Albany bound.
I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.
I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.
I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.
I noticed workers walking the cables of the
VZ Bridge . . . .
Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.
I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack
of Moran boats . . . .
And only later did I find Mischief–S/V Mischief, or I think that’s her, sailed by Harry and John. But that’s when I found . . . if not more mischief then misfortune.
the Bayonne Bridge walkway/bikeway . . . is now closed!! I wish they’d put up a re-opening date . . . 8/5/15? 8/5/16? Until then, there’ll be no more fotos like the last seven here.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Deira is to Dubai Creek as Richmond Terrace is
the KVK. See fotos of that Creek today and a half century ago here.
Here’s Al-Mutanabbi a while back. I’ve yet to see any of the UASC fleet launched in 2012, with more than three times the capacity!
Margaret Moran was returning from another job while Gramma Lee T Moran
escorted Deira in, passing Brendan Turecamo on the way.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Check out Elizabeth Simenstad’s blog here, just added to my blogroll.
Let’s start the clock here . . . as Miriam Moran lands the pilot on the red vessel, and then moves to the bow.
Time elapsed before there’s movement to be seen . . . T + 35 minutes: the deckhand in dark green jacket makes up the towline.
T + 43 minutes . . . Brendan Turecamo is made near the stern.
while at about the same time Miriam has moved around to the far side of the bow.
T + 45 . . . deckhand retrieves the heaving line.
Less than 20 seconds later he’s tidying up lines.
T + 46 . . . Iver Expert is perpendicular to the flow and spinning with momentum.
Brendan has backed away.
I could watch this all day.
About 48 minutes after the pilot first set foot on the vessel, Iver Expert is eastbound, and Miriam glides past, probably to retrieve the pilot.
Breskens . . . a small coastal village in SW Netherlands, punctuates my report on this spin . . . T + 57 minutes.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: As I add this, I noticed BBC Carolina is southbound between Newburgh and the Tappan Zee. Did anyone catch a foto? I’m interested in the interesting logo on both its stack and its house . . . .
. . .or dino juice or geo sap. According to the US Energy Info Administration, the US consumes just under 20 million barrels of the stuff daily. Today, in less than a half hour, two tankers entered the Kills with a combined capacity (if I calculate correctly) of over a million barrels, or 5% of one day’s US consumption. First came Avra . . .
seen in by Brendan Turecamo. I’d guessed I’d never seen this tanker before
til it came close. Last time I took a foto of her, she sported flaky green paint and the name Altius . . . not Michele Iuliano, the raised metal name covered inadequately here.
Here are vestiges of her formerly green superstructure.
A previous time Americas Spirit came in, she made energetic use of her
horn whistle as she plowed through the fog. Note: I wish I could perfect the art of whistling with that low penetrating pitch!
It seems from this itinerary that she’s in here once every two months.
Barbara McAllister and McAllister Sisters bring her in like a big catch, lots of juice.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Mary H pushed a creek-size barge.
Winter fishing continued apace aboard Eastern Welder.
I got a close-up of Mary H.
Brendan Turecamo headed out for an assist.
A slightly different angle on Sorensen Miller shows the yellow as strapping.
More shots of John P. Brown moving railcars over to New Jersey.
A Moose boat on patrol barreled right at me.
Hunting Creek got light at the mooring.
And a USACE boat practiced bathymetry.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. For fotos of Hamilton (ON) harbor delights, click here. Here’s more info on the 1935 tug he shows. It’s for sale for less than a loaded Escalade. Unrelated . . . another blog I read these days is Ohio River blog with good inland rivers fotos here. And since I’m all over the place today . . .check out this Flickr page by Guillermo Barrios of southern South American tugs and towboats. And finally check out these fotos of the old bridge in Bucksport, ME. I haven’t crossed that bridge–about to be demolished– in over two decades . . . .
Some backstory on Bebedouro and juice tankers in general can be read here. Today was as cloudy as the last time we met was sunny, but for me Bebe pierces any gloomy or doomy day.
Miriam Moran and Brendan Turecamo must have the same attraction to this Brazilian morsel, given how they pursue.
Bebedouro herself has traveled over 58,000 nautical miles since April 1, moving the divine southern juice from Brazil to Rotterdam and Newark.
Scroll through this post for more info on juice tanker technology.
Citrus Products Inc operates a facility over in Port Newark where Bebe and her sisters
deposit their cargo.
Note the ferry Islander on the left side of the foto.
All fotos taken by Will Van Dorp, this morning.