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Although quite common for tugboats and other smaller craft, New York is a rare place of registry in large vessels today. Horizon Trader belongs to the same aging Jones Act fleet as Producer, Navigator, Challenger, . . . Crusader now scrapped.
I’m way out of my depth in bringing up the Jones Act, a set of statutes regulating maritime commerce dating from 1920 sponsored by Senator Wesley Livsey Jones. But here is a fact: 35 years old is the average fleet age of Horizon’s container vessels . . . a large if not the largest Jones Act carrier. That compares with 12 years . . . for the international container vessel fleet. Source for these ages is here.
As an untrained observer of the industry, I can state that Horizon Trader looks all of her 40 years, and again . . as a fervent but unconnected news consumer, I’ve heard/read nothing that blemishes their safety record.
And here’s the newest development . . . Horizon will cease their commerce through New York, substituting Philly instead.
Enjoy the 40-year-old details. I’d love to hear from someone who’d been onboard.
She looks small beside Laura K. Moran. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The forward portion of a new cruise ship? Yes, I smudged the identifying marks a slash here and there.
Compare bows here and
sterns. Here‘s a recent itinerary for Kobe Express. More comparison: Horizon Producer is 721′ loa x 95′, 25644 dwt. Kobe Express is panamax . . . i.e., 964′ loa x 104′, 66,700 dwt. See the 11th foto here for a panamax vessel shoehorned into a lock in Panama. Tugs are Kimberley Turecamo and Laura K. Moran.
If you fancy beam-on profiles, click here.
As an aside, yesterday morning Producer passed this sad derelict launched from the same shipyard 82 years before our vintage containership, Philip T. Feeney . . .
All fotos within the past three days by Will Van Dorp, who’s mulling over a gallivant tomorrow.
Speaking of the Jones Act, here’s a recent NYTimes article about American shipping companies like Liberty Maritime not getting a fair share of US shipping. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of this company.