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First off, I missed CMA CGM La Perouse, which left before daylight this morning. I had to look up La Perouse, since it was a French word I didn’t know.  It turns out that it’s a person, an accomplished 18th century French explorer of the Pacific.  Click here for a map of his explorations, along with French spellings of places you know;  Mauwee is my favorite.  Given this identity for this ship, this ULCV then fits into the “explorer” class of CMA CGM, the other vessels shown here.  Sp far, I’ve posted only CMA CGM Amerigo VespucciMagellan has been in the sixth boro, but I missed it.

Al Quibla is one of the middle-sized UASC vessels, at 13, 296 teu.

The largest UASC box boat right now is over 18,000 teu.  Back in April, I saw Al Qibla‘s sister vessel Unayzah, but not posted it until today below.  Unayzah at that time still had the Hapag-Lloyd livery.

 

Al quibla is the Arabic word for “direction.”

Hyundai Speed was launched in 2012, and has carrying capacity of 13, 100 teu.  Here Ava sidles up to escort it into the Global Terminal.

 

Recently I caught CMA CGM T. Jefferson departing.  She’s of the same class as T. Roosevelt and J. Adams.

 

Cosco Shipping has its “flower” class, with Peony and all the others. 

Capacious as these vessels are, much larger ones sail the seas.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but no vessel over 15,000 teu has yet called in the sixth boro.

All photos, WVD.

Here are the previous 5 installments.

What’s this below?  Double click on it before continuing.

An ULCV named Peony

passed by a cloudy day recently and the water turned so blue

I could feel it.

Just the color was cooling, relaxing.

All photos, WVD, who for a moment heard the low throb of the diesel and felt this otherwise quiet, massive machine slide by.

 

Ten years ago I did a series called “meditations” as I was pitching about to structure my days.  The series was keyed to the alphabet, A to Z.  The L meditation focused on “line.”    Picking this back up has been prompted by the photo below.

Notice anything unusual about the line seen here?  By the way, CS Peony was underway when I took the photo.

Contrast the line in the images above and below.  Notice how taut the one from the OOCL ship is.

See the somewhat diagonal line between the port side of the green vessel and the Moran tug?  It’s tightly stretched.

Below . . .  both lines are tight.

Ditto . . . below.

And along the other side of CS Peony . . .  bar tight.

In a different context, a tightrope walker like Philippe Petit could navigate that non-sagging line.

But here . . . I find this unusual.

Any ideas?

Photos and observations by Will Van Dorp.

 

The AIS image taken early afternoon the Sunday before Memorial Day shows just how crowded the waters between Narragansett Bay and the North Fork Orient Point can be;  pink is recreational boats and the greens, reds, and blues are commercial vessels.  Obviously, given the scale and the fact that the icons are about 100 times larger than the pink vessels they represent, the water is not clogged, although it is congested enough that effective watch standing is essential.

In the sixth boro it can look like the photos in this post.  Anyone operating a small boat–and relative to a 1200′ container ship like Cosco Shipping Peony, a 35′ fishing boat is truly puny.

Tugboats, any of them, are huge compared to small fishing boats.  Mary Turecamo below is 106′ loa and powered by twin engines totaling 4300 hp.

Coming from anchored units there might be a slow moving sailboat.

Summer traffic on the sixth boro is not what it is in the colder months.

 

Sometimes interventions are called for.

Be safe . .  .

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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