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Small craft to come, but first . . . the missing foto from yesterday’s post . . . how DID the heaving line get through the eye aka “closed chock”? Hope this foto helps; I do believe I see the monkeyfist flying upward from the crewman at the rail; crew on the upper level passed it to the crewman forward of the chock?
It’s been over two years since I’ve used this title. Small craft come in many shapes,
are operated by professional mariners,
respond to emergencies with versatility,
and shuttle specialists between shore and much larger craft.
This one I first thought was transporting booms but now I think had some festive mission, given what appears to be a sizable bouquet over the engine compartment.
They operate for many agencies,
government services, and
and law enforcement groups.
They work in diverse
Enjoy a few more:
It’s Friday afternoon, and the Upper Bay seems congested . . . Yano is being spun in the distance as McAllister Responder and McAllister Girls head east and Amy Moran enters the KVK.
Cold, gusty Saturday the same basic area sees Taurus and Davis Sea jointly leveraging DBL 25 into a berth, and . . .
Duncan Island heads for sea from out behind a dredge spoils scow holding station with Captain D. Ever wonder why a reefer vessel of the Ecuadorian Line is called Duncan Island? It’s Duncan Island aka Isla Pinzon, said to be named for the Pinzon brothers who captained the Nina and Pinta of the Columbus fleet. Here’s a statue of the brothers, quite unknown in North America.
Most congestion as these two Moran groups cross: left to right, Jean Turecamo, Catherine Turecamo, Scott Turecamo pushing New Hampshire, and Linda Moran pushing Houston. Minerva Vaso lies at the dock in the distance.
At the end of this post is a video that really shows congestion, but as background, consider these two AIS screen captures, each showing about 2000 square miles. The one below displays regularly about 100 vessels, whereas
Now enjoy as much of this 15-minute video as you have time for: heavy traffic on Nieuwe Waterweg connecting Rotterdam with the North Sea. Included are at least two container ships–MSC Alexandria and Maersk Edmonton– with three times the capacity of any vessels currently serving the sixth boro aka Port of New York and New Jersey.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.