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Here was 18 in this series, which offers similar equipment.  Something supermax somewhere?


All these fotos come compliments of Xtian Herrou, who previously passed along fotos for this post and others.  He took this foto in Brest, although the tug is by now through Port Said for parts south and east… .


These waters require that Sea Foxtrot and her tow take on specialized gear.


Once they get in the zone, Sea Foxtrot and


Norma 1 will fully deploy gear and look like this,


UAE tug Simyar, currently working in the Indian Ocean.


Merci beaucoup, Xtian  . . .

Here’s a post I did six and a half years ago (scroll on through) alluding to pirates that once annoyed ships in the sixth boro . . ..

I’ve wondered about these smaller vessels in Arthur Kill for almost as long as I’ve been doing this blog, which is now in its 12th month. They all have orange hulls, and the naming system alludes to the oceans of our planet. Guess their provenance? Answer is given below.



Here Arctic Ocean is offloaded while taking on lube oil from Rolf Williams, featured previously. I recall being excited when I first saw Arctic Ocean, thinking it came from the far north.



Atlantic Ocean is almost identical about 10, 000 dwt. Ready to guess yet? Registry is Nassau, and that might account for the orange, but what cargo?



Juxtaposition with the 5000+ teu MOL Experience (less than 6 months old) shows the relative size quite clearly. That’s Indian Ocean, and all three vessels were fotografed at Howland Hook in the past six months. So’d you guess what’s in the hold yet?

Would you guess . . . provenance is Ecuador? See the EL on the stack of Arctic Ocean? Ecuadorian Line uses Nassau as a flag of convenience. Cargo? My guess is bananas. If you look on the left side of the Ecuadorian Line homepage, there a link to bonita. Check out this bonita link. Seven days from Guayquil to Staten Island, read it here. Here’s more on banana shipment, thanks to . . Crisco.

So . . . why not paint these vessels yellow?

All images by Will Van Dorp.

What’s orange: Life jackets, signal smoke flares, lifeboats . . . lots of stuff. So is this handysize UPT chemical tanker named Cape Bruny escorted in at sunrise by a brace of McAllister tugs. Any guess where Cape Bruny lies? Answer follows.



Notice how busy the Arthur Kill was this morning.



McAllister Responder moves to starboard.



Even safety overalls are orange. I’m curious about the tank codes (FO, SL, 6, 5 , etc) along the top of the hull.


The small container ship Indian Ocean off the portside of Cape Bruny is orange.



Cape Bruny location: clues…. a lighthouse was built there in 1838, located on an island off the southeast tip of ….

Bruny Island . . . . Tasmania.

Photos, Will Van Dorp.

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