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Every day is Thanksgiving, but we dedicate one day to talk about it.  One undeniable detail of the US popular T’giving narrative involves a transAtlantic vessel, Mayflower.  Some of this info about the Mayflower might be new. Less than a decade after arriving in North America, it may have been dismantled and used in a barn building project.  Reference to Mayflower, original and replica, can be found in these previous blog posts.

Of course, instances of earlier thanksgiving in the US exist, like this one from 1607 and involved a vessel named Virginia, in Maine.   My point is . . . it’s a story of migration by ship.

That’s the connection:  this blog features ships, and this post is a sampling of vessels that’ve called in the sixth boro in recent weeks and months, like The Amigo, a 2012 Croatia-built asphalt/bitumen tanker. Cargo in the tanks needs to be kept well above the boiling point to maintain liquidity.

MSC Shirley is a 2000-built Polish-built container ship with a capacity of 2024 teu.

Seaways Redwood is a 2013 South Korea-built crude tanker.  South Korea currently builds the highest percentage of global shipping, although other Pacific Asian countries are in second and third places, as you’ll see in this sampling. 

Grande Texas is a PCTC built 2021 in China, off Ningbo.  She has the capacity of 7,600 ceu (car equivalent units).

Ardmore Dauntless and Ardmore Enterprise, both built South Korea but in 2015 and 2013, respectively.  Enterprise has slightly larger capacity. 

Aruna Berk is a drybulk carrier launched in China in 2011.

Thor Maximus is a 2005 Japan-built drybulk carrier.

ONE Wren is a 2018 Japan-built 14000 teu container ship.

Atlantic Spirit is a McKeil tanker, launched in 2011 from a shipyard in China.

McKeil is a Canadian company.  McKeil tugboats work mostly the Great Lakes;  one company tug visited the sixth boro a few years back here. 

Thundercat is a 2008 crude carrier built in China.  

Given a 1980s cartoon series, I had to chuckle at this name. 

Key Ohana is a 2010 Japan built bulk carrier.  

MSC Agadir is a Korea-built 8886 teu container ship dating from 2012.

Note the scrubbing add-on for emissions.  MSC Shirley, above, also has an exhaust-filtering system.

Northern Jaguar is a 2009 8400-teu container ship built in South Korea.  Small size as it is relative to the ship, the rudder and prop spray size relative to a single container is gigantic;  think of following that down the highway as you would a trailer-mounted container.

Jag Leela is a 1999 South Korea built crude tanker. She appeared on this blog back in 2010 here

Poorly-lit but I include this photo anyhow because it shows Ever Forward, the newest and likely the best-known ship in this post, due to her not moving forward earlier this year.  She’s currently heading south in the Red Sea, getting chased by a friend named Mike

All photos and any errors, WVD, who offers this as an assortment of commercial vessels in and out of the sixth boro. Post 98 in the series appeared here way back in April.

None of these vessels will ever maintain the lasting hold Mayflower has on the US psyche, but the fact is that much of what folks will list as what they are thankful for involves conveyance of vessels like these in and out of the sixth boro.  That’s part of why I do posts like this one.

Happy thanksgiving today.

 

Other Evergreen F-class vessels have called in the sixth boro.  So can you be sure which one this is?

Justine McAllister had the port bow.  Again, name that ship?  I could just be pulling your leg with that title.

 

Yup, this is the now much-maligned Ever Forward.

I too have made the same jokes about ever backward, ever sideways . . . .

But here, as she rounds a sharp turn with assistance from Justine, Ellen, and Majorie B., I have to change my tune.  No report has yet determined what caused the incident in the Chesapeake, and when that report comes out, whatever error caused the incident will lead to avoidance for next time.  Who has not erred or operated a device that hasn’t erred?

Bravo, Ever Forward for rinsing off that mud and getting back to work. Fuel up and deliver those delayed boxes.

All photos and sentiments, WVD. 

Technological marvel and global supply chains spawned by the deindustrialization of this country go hand in hand with these huge vessels.  CMA CGM J. Adams comes in with +14,000 teu, a peak capacity reached in August 2017 when her sister vessel T. Roosevelt arrived first. 

That’s 1202′ x 166′ and running deep. 

Tokyo Triumph comes in slightly smaller, 13,870 teu and 1197′ x 168′.

CMA CGM Argentina brings in +15,000 teu on her 1200′ x 167′.

Monaco Bridge carries in 13900 teu on a 1197′ x 168′.

Wanna guess for OOCL Chongqing?

Her 1202′ x 158′ dimensions transport 13,208 teus.

CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt comes in at the top, +16,000 teu on dimensions of 1299′ x 177′.

That puts her in the class with CMA CGM’s Marco Polo and Jules Verne as the largest trio to call in the sixth boro so far.  She’s been here before, I believe, but this is my first time to see her.  

These ULVCs are sometimes referred to as CMA CGM’s Explorer class box boats.  If you’re unfamiliar with the the name, Von Humboldt surely deserves to be grouped with Polo and Verne.  See his bio here.

USACE Dobrin followed the ULCV around Bergen Point.

And then, there’s the case of Ever Forward, shown here in a photo shared by Captain Nemo. Ever Forward is the newest of the ULCVs in this post, carrying 11,850 teus on dimensions of 1096′ x 157′.  Ever Frustrated is likely how her owners, crew, and recipients of cargo must now feel.   Ever Forward would have called in NYC this past week, as have her sisters of the Ever F class. 

All photos except Ever Forward, WVD, who is responsible for any errors of fact. 

You want novelty?  Something new is always happening in the sixth boro, machines and people bringing goods from unimaginable places on the planet.

Full like the 2006 Palena and empty like below.   The 1998 Mississauga Express likely came in to gather up empty boxes.

Such a vessel is sometimes called a “sweeper,” sweeping out a large number of empty boxes.

Denak Voyager seems to run a shuttle of scrap between here and Turkey.  I wonder how many such runs she’s made since her launch in 1996, a quarter century ago.  Will she herself be scrapped there?

BW Kobe, a bulk carrier, was launched in 2019.

MSC Branka looks like the giant of this post at 9400 teu, but old style

yet newer MSC Giulia carries a nominal few teu more, by some accounts.

And over in Port Elizabeth, an OOCL and an Evergreen illustrate why specialized gantry cranes of a certain height are a prerequisite for transferring boxes. Today’s behemoths are OOCL Brussels from 2013 and at 13,208 teu and Ever Forward, a 2020 ship with an 11,850 teu capacity.

So i have a certain amount of time, a trove of photos, and my self-imposed daily deadline.  If you’re wondering how I decide what to post daily, I waver and follow whims.  I post these photos today because this morning I watched this video on YouTube, having noticed it while looking something else (fandango!! it was) up.  With the title “A day in the life of a container ship in middle of the ocean,” this 10-minute video should be of interest.  The title is somewhat misleading since some scenes show NYC and the ocean actually has no middle.

All photos, errors, and snarkiness, WVD.

 

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