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Here was 20.  Endurance is not your run-of-the-mill RORO

design.   In fact, I’ve never seen one like her.

Endurance and her eight sister vessels do government work, as described in their mission statement here.  It hauled “assets” out of the Gulf when that season came.   Click here to see which ports she’s visited in the past six weeks alone!

NYK Delphinus is regular NYK vessel that shuttles between the sixth boro and China (with some other stops) on a sixty-day RT schedule.

Here she left port this afternoon

bound for Norfolk and then the Canal.   Approaching sailing vessel is Ventura.

Sea Lady is a bulker that follows a very different route and rhythm, spending much more time in port, loading claw-full by claw-full of crushed cars and other ferrous  non-life.  Scroll through that link for some of the ports she’s seen in the past year.

Given the intriguing name, I’m sorry I couldn’t catch up with this less-than-one-year old box vessel, CMA CGM Samson.

And finally, over in Red Hook today it was Baltic Mercur.  Built in Germany a quarter century ago, she really does connect eastern US with the Baltic, including St. Petersburg.

All fotos taken this midday by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Following up on yesterday’s post about warping tugs.  Paul located and sent along these links showing almost century-old fotos of warping tug Alligator in good repair.  Click here and here.  Paul . . . again, many thanks.

I last used this title over three years ago, and every day  since then, fuel has flowed through the harbor, as blood through healthy veins.  And it will keep on doing so by an impossibly wide array of vessels.  Below, yesterday afternoon the 1934-launched ship Kristin Poling pushes over 21,000 barrels of oil in the direction of the 1931-opened Bayonne Bridge.   Kristin‘s destination COULD lead it through the ice-choked waters up the Hudson, captured here less than a month back by Paul Strubeck.  Part of what the foto below says to me is the immense care and maintenance in keeping both these harbor icons in use.

Lucy Reinauer pushes the 2008-launched RTC 83 southbound on the Arthur Kill.  Lucy was launched from Jakobson’s in Oyster Bay in 1973 and since then has borne all the following names: Texaco Diesel Chief, Star Diesel Chief, Morania No 5, May McGuirl. I’d love to see a foto of her when first launched.

Lois Ann L. Moran (2009) pushes barge  Philadelphia out toward the Newark Bay portion of the sixth boro.  The destination of the fuel beyond that I can only guess at.

As an indication of changes in scale over the decades, load capacity of barge Philadelphia is 118,000 barrels, relative to Kristin Poling‘s  . . .21,000 and a bit.

Fuels moved through the harbor have a range of users:  Vane’s Doubleskin 301 moves in to fuel container vessel NYK Delphinus even before containers start moving off the ship.

Maneuvering 301 is not a Vane tug but Dann Marine’s East Coast.

All fotos in the past 48 hours by Will Van Dorp, who is convinced that millions of dollars will go to whomever figures out how to move food and retail goods through the sixth boro to the consumer as efficiently as all our fuels already are.  All fotos were taken from Arthur Kill Park in Elizabeth, NJ.

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