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The point of this series–other than the point of this whole blog which is to document commercial happenings in the sixth boro–is to track changes, and changes in size and capacity have clearly happened in the container vessel department. I try to add other info as well.

Yesterday, besides enjoying the cold and snow accumulation, I caught three ULCVs moving through the KVK within the same hour.  Although this did happen, you shouldn’t conclude that ULCVs regularly pass through the KVK at the rate of three per hour. 

Cosco Development was the last of the three, so these are not in chronological order. 

For the stats, the 2011 build had assistance from four tugs;  her dimensions and capacities are as follows:  1200′ x 158′ and 13100 teu.  She departed Busan Korea on November 21 last year, making this the end of a one month, nine-day voyage.

The first ULCV moving yesterday was Ever Far, which had been in port almost exactly 48 hours. 

Her stats are as follows:  1095′ x 158.7, launched 2020 and carrying up to 11850 teu.  After clearing the Ambrose pilot, she headed in the direction of the Panama Canal at an unstoppable and consistent 21 mph, about the same speed I rolled eastward on the Belt Parkway yesterday. 

If you look carefully to the right side of the photo below, you’ll see Cosco Development beyond the trees and following the vessel below, CMA CGM Jules Verne.

Ditto below.  CMA CGM Jules Verne also had a complement of four assist tugs;  it was windy yesterday.

CMA CGM Jules Verne is one of the handful of largest ULCVs–or vessels of any sort– to traffic the sixth boro ever:  1299′ x 177′ and 44′ draft.  the capacity of this 2013 launch is 16,100 teu.  She departed Port Klang Malaysia on December 10, making this the end of a 29-day 4-hour voyage.

All photos, WVD, who hopes you enjoyed seeing these photos and reading these numbers and places.

If you’ve read through to this point, I have a curious story I can not confirm, but it was told to me yesterday by my friend bowsprite, who attributes it to someone she spoke with in a phonecall to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  She had called DMV because she’d not received her replacement for an expired car registration sticker.  The DMV told her not to worry because they would send her a new temporary sticker to print out herself because–here’s the kicker–the DMV was out of official sticker paper because of the supply chain backup.  Wait a minute . . .  does NYS, which has a paper industry of sorts, get its DMV “sticker paper” from abroad?  Of course, i know that many specialty papers exist, and even consumer toilet paper differs from the commercial type.  Ah, the things we’ve learned because of Covid!

Like I said, I can’t confirm the veracity of this story, but don’t you suspect were are truly doomed if we’ve outsourced sticker paper to foreign manufacturers?

 

 

Credits at the bottom . . . I took none of these photos.

Above and below . . . CMA CGM Jules Verne is the second 16k + teu vessel to call in the sixth boro.  She arrived at night and she departed at night.  Another interesting feature of this Explorer-class CMA CGM vessel is that not only is Jules Verne NOT an explorer per se, but the vessel first bore the name of a true explorer who is little-known in the Western world, Zheng He.     More about him at the end of this post.

Maersk Edinburgh is a big ship at 13k + teu, but Jules Verne caries three more stacks of containers.

Monty Python!@#!? 

General Rudder is the training ship of Texas A&M, and it’s in and around the sixth boro these days while the Texans borrow Empire State VI. Kennedy.  The vessel is named for a General whose last name was Rudder and who graduated from and later (after many other accomplishments became president of Texas A & M.  

Justin Zizes caught this photo of General Rudder as he met it sailing toward the Williamsburg Bridge

And finally a few great names from eastriver . . .  The Black Belt,

Yoga, and

You & Island. 

Photos thanks to Skip Mildrum, Justin Zizes, and eastriver.

Finally, I mentioned Zheng He:  he was a great explorer of the Indian Ocean, sailing seven voyages with hundreds of ships, tens of thousands of sailors.   The treasure ships were junk-rigged and over 400′ long.  So, divorced from politics, CMA CGM Zheng He would be an appropriate name, but someone objected.

And tangentially related . . .   two NAMELESS automated sailing fish census takers . . . a no-brainer considering how much any noise scares fish.

 

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