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I’d wager that more than two thousand cargo ships dock in the sixth boro each year.  This morning as I write this, I count  20 in all, including the second of the 15k ULCVs, CMA CGM Panama.  No, I didn’t get photos because . . . I was workbound. All these photos I took in recent weeks.  The last one here I did not take;  a friend Allan Seymour took it on the body of water called Penobscot Bay.

Erikoussa is a regular in the port.  Click here for posts featuring this tanker going back 12 years already.  Here she was departing;  the taut line angling off her port bow leads to a tug rotating her across the KVK so that she points east rather than west.  As of this morning, she’s in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea Vine . . . is just the best name.  Right now, she’s in Rotterdam.

Hamburg Bay may have called here before as Zim Hamburg or APL Tokyo, but I’ve no record of that.  At 6350 teu, she’s of the size that I saw many of until about five years ago. Her beam–131′–would prevent her from passing through the old Panama Canal locks.  She’s upbound on the Elbe now.

Speaking size . . .  OOCL Singapore is one of those ULCVs that are becoming the new standard these years in the port.  Launched in 2014, her teu capacity is 13200.  Compare that with the newest record holder . . .  CMA CGM Brazil and the 15000 teu size.  She’s now off Cape Fear bound for the Mediterranean.

CMA CGM A. Lincoln, seen here a few weeks ago, blocked out the sky as she passed by.  Right now she’s shuffling through the southern end of the Red Sea, Malaysia bound.

Ever Lotus . . . I caught her here the first time just over a year ago.  She’s Pacific bound in the Panama Canal.

Pacific Anna, a 2017 crude oil carrier,  has one of those great names, like Surfer Rosa or Surabaya Johnny, which isn’t a ship name but should be.  She’s in the Atlantic, heading for Amsterdam.

Fulmar, named for the seabird,  is one of the tankers that currently shuttles frequently between Point Tupper and Bayway.  Right now, she’s off Port Aransas.

Tanja with Camden Hills in the background is departing Penobscot Bay. As an indicator of trade routes, as of this morning Tanja is currently at the Amazon River port of Belem.

The photo above is thanks to Allan Seymour; all others, WVD, who like these vessels, is not alive unless he’s moving.


The evolution depicted in the next photos took all of five minutes.  In the photo below, note where James D.‘s wake is.




Now the tug’s vector is lateral but increasingly astern.


I’m glad for my sake the sequence happened so quickly because 18 degrees F was killing my fingers.


Note Brendan around the stern of Erikoussa.






The bow line here is about to go slack as the tanker makes headway.


All photos by Will Van Dorp, who just happened to be passing at this moment.

YM Milestone is one of the largest vessels I’ve seen in the sixth boro . . .  a full 1000′ loa by 131,’


but even at that, she’s a full 100′ shorter than the largest YM vessel currently afloat.   Milestone comes and goes via the Suez.

2013 April 21st, 22:00:19 UTC Norfolk
2013 April 19th, 17:00:24 UTC New York
2013 March 23rd, 00:00:06 UTC Hong Kong
2013 March 22nd, 03:00:28 UTC Shekou
2013 March 17th, 03:45:48 UTC Sin Wbga
2013 March 17th, 03:45:28 UTC Vung Tau
2013 February 10th, 08:00:31 UTC Norfolk
2013 February 7th, 08:00:59 UTC New York


Let’s talk far to near here . .  . Ioannis has a curious


house on the bow.


Xin Su Zhou traveled here through the Panama Canal;  in fact, she left Yang Shan on 3/26.


I’m not sure why she attracted a boarding party before


entering our polyglot port.  That’s Erikoussa on the far side.


More ships soon.  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Barney Turecamo seems so self-contained,


so huge, especially


when compared with James Turecamo.  Why IS James following so closely?


Check it out . . . James assists on the turn to port just past Erikoussa.


Considering it that way, James too is equally self-contained and exactly sized for what it needs to do, today as well as almost 40 years ago.  Built at Matton Shipyard for the canals in 1969, the crews back when James (1700 hp) came off the ways could hardly have imagined assist jobs for fleet fellows like Barney (5100 hp) pushing barge Georgia (110,000 barrels).  By the way, tanker Mary Whalen, built in 1938, had 8000 barrel capacity.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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