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For the past few years now, NYC municipal trash has traveled by barge and train to landfills in several states.  Captain D here is pushing this barge with containerized trash from a transfer point in Queens to a rail loading facility in Staten Island. Click here for animated explanation of trash movement overseen by DSNY.

As I understand it, the green containers are covered by a Waste Management contract, whereas the black ones, the older slightly contract, by Covanta.

One constant in the harbor has long been the Staten Island ferry; the new “constant” is these trash containers.

 

 

As a resident of NYC now for almost two decades, I have to say that for all the population density and numbers, NYC’s five terrestrial boros are relatively “tidy.”

You just can’t do what we did in my youth . . . set up a burn barrel at the hedgerow end of the farthest field and stoke it once a week.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who got photos of the new DSNY container cranes moving to the SW Brooklyn transfer station here.

And the first photo was taken from the mouth of the Bronx River, where the trash barge lined up with the Arthur Ash Stadium with a LaGuardia runway in between. Captain D was coming out of Flushing Bay.

Know this New York NY boat?

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How about this one?

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Know this background?

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The one above is Taft Beach in lower Newark Bay and that’s the Union County (NJ) Courthouse prominent in the distance.  Below that’s Captain D on garbage detail.

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I’ve no idea what’s making that brilliant flash behind Joyce D. Brown . . . unless it’s another one of those supertall buildings springing up in Manhattan.   I guess “supertall towers” supersedes “skyscraper.”

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It’s Pegasus and

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Charles A and

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Genesis Vision.  Know her former name?  It’s here . . . the top of the Great Lakes.

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OK, so the “B” in the first photo is a vestige of Banda Sea.  See the complete name in raised letters in this post (scroll) from 2009.

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And Capt. Jason looks like this.  Know it?

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Yup, Mister Jim with the paint still drying.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment.

These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975.

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Pelham, 1960.  Behind her is USNS Red Cloud.

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Barney Turecamo (1995) and

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Scott Turecamo (1998).

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Eric R. Thornton (1960)

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Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace Reinauer (1968) with RTC 61.

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Add Stephen-Scott (1967) and Ruth M. Reinauer (2008) pushing RTC 102.

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Margaret Moran (1979) starting a backing-down of Heina with

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James D. Moran (2015).  More on this backing down later this week.

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Captain D (1974) with CVA-604.

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Meagan Ann (1975)

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Houma (1970).

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Frances (1957) and I think I know the crewman forward of the house.

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And finally, I put this photo here because of a boat in the background.  Is that Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962)?  I thought she was scrapped half a year ago already.  Hmm.

Other boats here are L. to r.) Realist, Kristy Ann, Hubert Bays, Long Splice, Samantha Miller, Stephen B, and Hunt Girls, which has been in the yard there for (?) two years now?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

For as multipurpose as sixth boro waterways are in summertime, my perception is that safety prevails.  RORO, barge on a short wire, and canoe stay well apart.

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Ditto here with spacing.

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PWCs . .  I’ll never be a fan.

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Foreshortening masks the fact that from a vantage point like Fort Wadsworth . . . I can see over 10 miles.

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The traditional ship here was launched in 1997;  the tug beyond  . . . in 2001.

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My only question is where that classy yellow sand is going.  TZ Bridge?

All photos recently by Will Van Dorp.

 

So yesterday was of course a day for a little  . . . Aprilscherz or poisson d’avril . . ., but now I am serious.  What you see below transports garbage, which might not impress you–but that unit towed by a single tug replaces 48 trucks between Queens and Staten Island.  Spaced for safe driving, that would mean about a mile of highway congested by that garbage alone.   Many thanks to Jonathan Steinman for the photo, which he took yesterday afternoon about 4 pm yesterday.

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Piecing the whole system together–I hope correctly–here’s a photo I took of Happy Delta in Bayonne less than two weeks after Sandy roared through.

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Here’s another shot taken the same day, showing Happy Delta arriving with its cargo, the blue Kunz cranes marked NYC Sanitation, WTC1 serving as the time stamp.

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Here’s a close-up I took yesterday about an hour and a half before Jonathan took his.  Here’s the story, six of these barges were built by Senesco and completed last summer.  Here’s the story in print about the time the order was placed.  Each barge carries 48 sealed garbage containers.  The barge is light here, heading for an eastbound passage on the East River.

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Compare the freeboard above to that in the next two photos, which Jonathan took half a week ago, as the tug and barge headed westbound–and south–on the East River.

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Another four feet or so deeper in the water.  That’s a load of garbage that’s not making potholes and stressing the BQE and other roads.

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And where’s it coming from with empties?  Here’s the answer in a recent SIlive version of the Advance.  I haven’t gotten over to the south side of the Goethals Bridge yet to confirm what I think is there . . . those blue Kunz cranes.  Anybody confirm this?  Am I way off?

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I took this photo as Captain D–a single 41-year-old tug–towed the 48 empty containers out of the Kills yesterday.

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So if you needed another reason to love tugboats . . .

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Here and here are more articles on moving garbage this way.

If you think “untruckster” doesn’t work as a name for this transportation system, con side the history of the word “dumpster,” here.

Many thanks to Jonathan for his photos from the East River.   Any photos he didn’t take . . . came from Will Van Dorp.

. .. that gray vessel on the Jersey side just north of the Outerbridge, we know what it is, and

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that’s Vulcan III at its stern, but what is it doing in the Arthur Kill portion of the sixth boro?  Just curious if anyone out there knows . . .  Here and here are more sites on IX 514.

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And this from l’amiga . . . Frances pushing north and Captain D pushing south . . .

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kind of a reminder me of a Dr. Doolittle character . . .  pushmi-pullyu . .

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I hope a reader can clarify above vessel and procedure.

The first two fotos come compliments of Tony Acabono, and the last two by l’amiga, both of whom I’m grateful to for passing them along.

And to paraphrase the former vizier of defense, there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns . . .  as in these two additional fotos from l’amiga.

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I know this is Grey Shark, but will the trucks onboard come back?   What if anything is in them?  If they return, will they be empty?

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Any answers to any questions would be quite satisfactory.

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