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Some of you may remember the January River, or JR, posts I did three years ago in July.  I went to Brasil because my daughter was there, and she’s a fluent Portuguese speaker.   I had a great time, swam in several places, and never got sick.  I’m putting some photos never posted here up today because I know there are sewage issues there in the huge bay called Guanabara, but let’s not make a poopmageddon out of it, as the meteorologists do with the snowmegeddons in winter up here.   Excuse my Portuguese, but merda sells news, always will.

I took this photo looking west from Arpoador toward Ipanema Beach.

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Here’s a shot from the same point looking toward Copacabana.

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Here’s a shot of Copacabana looking toward the Bay, with Sugar Loaf as the prominent feature along the ridge.  A fair number of people were in the water despite the heavy surf.

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I chartered this boat and –all tallied– chugged around Bay for about six hours.

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Of course, I was looking who was there, like Galliano, LA’s  C-Enforcer,

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CNL Ametista from Santos,

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Rio’s own TS Abusado and TS Soberano,

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Seabulk Brasil,

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a pilotboat and tug Atlantico standing off near Hai Yang Shi You,

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CPO Copacabana, and many,

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many more.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders where these vessels are today.

Here was 26.

China-built 2008 Ranjan and an unidentified UPT tanker.

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The only foto NOT in the sixth boro here, anchored in Guanabara Bay it’s Japan-built 1998 Aframax tanker Moscow Kremlin.   Notice the Cristo Redentor statue atop the mountain to the right.

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Korea-built 1995 APL Garnet leaving town today. Name the tug off the port bow?  I can’t look at that covering on the Bayonne Bridge and NOT think of a junk sail.

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More on that tug later.  Great names here . . . Silver Lining (2003)  and Christina Kirk ( 2010), both Japan-built.

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Fiorano (Netherlands 2012)  I wonder what she delivered here . . .

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. .  with Petalouda, Japan 2008.

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German-built 2007 Norwegian Gem, included here to show scale with respect to a Circle  Line vessel.  I should have looked more closely at the Circle Line.

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Amelia Pacific (Japan 2006) and Americas Spirit Korea 2003).   This view of Americas Spirit better shows her size.

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Shippan Island, China 2005

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OOCL Vancouver, Japan 2006

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Najran, Japan 1998, up on plane perhaps?

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And last but not least . . .

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she with whom I have a long history . . .

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Alice Oldendorff, (China 2000) earlier this weekend offloading in Gowanus Bay Brooklyn.   Alice was featured in my first-ever post here.  Click here to see all the others.

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So that tug.  I thought it was Ellen . . . but it’s the slightly newer Robert E. McAllister.

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Foto of Moscow Kremlin by my daughter, Myriam, whom I thank.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  One ship currently in the sixth boro that I did not see this weekend was this one by the Kabakovs.

Credit for this post goes to Rod Clingman, who yesterday sent me info about tree swallow roosting on the Connecticut River.  For info on this amazing gathering, click here and here.

All fotos here are thanks to my daughter, who sent them a month ago already from Guanabara Bay, aka the natural harbor of Rio.    If you’re reading this blog for the first time, here was the last of my posts from Rio de Janeiro aka January river  . . . JR  . . . from last summer.

Enjoy these fotos.   More of them–more tugster like–to come.

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By the way, I see gatherings like this from the train over the Meadowlands, but New Jersey Transit never agrees to stop the train and let me go dillydally with my camera.  Imagine their impatience!!

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Ah!  shipping.  This foto looks toward the SE.  That the city of Rio beyond the Niteroi Bridge.

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This is my daughter’s take on this scene, and of course mine-from last July– was

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this . . . two cranes:  Manobrasso 5 in foreground, a 1500-ton sheerlegs (shearleg?) with Manobrasso 4 behind it, a 250-ton self propelled crane.    Here’s a post I did on an even larger crane in JR.

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Many thanks to Myriam for all the fotos except my one digression at the end.

Unrelated but direct from the Bronx River where herons and other birds live, a great story about NYC high school students planting oysters.

I know this is Kelly Ann Candies, but not because I can read the name.   She entered Guanabara Bay midday yesterday and was heading here over to Niteroi.

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And this, Davidson Tide.

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This . .  Havila Princess

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and again with a little more geographical context.

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And I know the outbound tanker here is Carmen Knutsen, with  “cold weather loading equipment “at bow, but the stationary supply/multipurpose vessel . . . I can’t make out because

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zoomed out, this is how it looks.  That’s Sugar Loaf at left.

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I hope you enjoy these as well, although I can provide no ID.

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Leftmost vessel here is BJ Blue Marlin, which I got closeups of here a few days ago.  But the other . . . sorry . . . to the naked eye it looks

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like this.  See it  . . . at the horizon in lower right?

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All fotos by will Van Dorp.

Seven Oceans in the morning,

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Xin Hai Niu in the evening . . . Guanabara Bay sees some interesting vessels, even if I can’t get the best fotos.

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Seven Oceans again with an outbound Skandi Amazonas,

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Keri Candies,

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Havila Princess, 

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and Laurindo Pitta

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This may be my last post for awhile, as I might be traveling away from a connection.

Here’s a youtube on how Seven Oceans  was built and first operated.  Here’s info on the company.

This is a view of JR’s harbor mouth as seen from Copacabana on a foggy winter’s morning.  Note the silhouette of the vessel entering.

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Running in and out the harbor’s mouth all day is dredger  Xin Hai Niu, above seen at sunrise and below seen in late afternoon from inside the harbor at   Flamenco Beach.

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Here’s a wider view of the mouth as seen from the inside . . . as unidentified Bram and Camorim vessels enter.

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A government vessel at the mouth.

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Laurindo Pitta (1910) stays inside.

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CBO Alessanda

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Camorim’s Atlantico light and outbound passes the Santa Cruz fortress that makes up the eastern side of the Narrows.

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A pilot boat enters . . . again Santa Cruz in the background.

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Complement to Santa Cruz on the west side of the mouth is Forta da Ilha da Lage.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who needs to study Portuguese today.

I think this is Xin Hai Niu with starboard dredge at work.  In the background on shore is the support arm of Alexandre Chan’s cable-stayed Bridge of Knowledge.

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Harbor tug Uranus?

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Bram Bravo in Niteroi.

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From far to near, Sea Leopard and Skandi Flamenco.  Unidentified Camorim tugs in the foreground.

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To show the scale of Guanabara Bay, the container vessel arriving–CMA CGM Opal–is 850′ loa.   That’s Sugar Loaf in the distance.

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Seisranger is 20 years old, but I’ve never seen a vessel like it.

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I know this foto–taken from a bus with windows that don’t open is a tad blurry, but . . .  Bos Topazio.

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The huge crane is Pelicano 1.  Tankers are unidentified.  I believe the supply vessel might be Santos Rotation . . . but not sure.

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Here’s a closer view.  Blue hull is Maersk Fetcher.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Entering Guanabara Bay, it’s Wilson Sons PSV Tagaz.

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Inside the Bay west of the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and with the Christ statue atop the peak in the distance, it’s Olin Conqueror.

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Lined up here are C-Enforcer, Olin Conqueror, and Wyatt Candies.

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Identifying fotos of this densely- parked anchored gets complicated, but this is clearly Skando Mogster, Blue Marlin, and  . . . I think . . . Sudaksha.

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Here looking toward Niteroi is DSV Wyatt Candies.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has a lot to learn about these vessels.   Any errors are entirely my own.

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