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Odfjell tankers of this and recent generations all look the same, so since I was able to get only the name, you can conjure up the rest.  Bow Chain here was departing NYC and is currently in Houston.  Previously, Bow Chain appeared on this blog here. Previous Odfjell tankers in the sixth boro include Bow __ (Cecil, Clipper, Fortune, Hector, Jubail, Performer, Riyad, Sirius, Summer, Trajectory).  This time it’s in need of some Bow PAINT!

Seaways Silvermar the other day was being lightered, while anchored across the channel from “dem five.”  No really . . . the DEM FIVE vessel there

was Alice Star.  Dem Five is a new fleet–actually managed by Lydia Starfor me.   Maybe it’s time I dust off the “names” series.

Erato is one of the smaller container vessels that call at the Red Hook port, and mostly Caribbean ports.  I know I’ve seen her before, but this is the first time she appears on tugster, I believe.  As of this writing, she’s already shuttling back north from Jamaica.

Since we’re nearing the end of a decade–and weather has not been conducive to getting out for photos–here’s a glance back to December 2009 . . . and an unfortunately blurry pic of President Polk, escorted out by McAllister Responder.

The 1988 APL ship, built in Germany in 1988, was 400′ shorter than the largest and now commonplace ULCVs now calling here and that carry about 10,000 (!!!) more containers.

She caught my attention here 10 years ago because of these unusual parts of her cargo, shipping out.


She was beached at Chittagong for scrapping in summer 2013.

All photos, even the blurry one, by Will Van Dorp.


Seven and a half years ago I posted on APL President Truman and  even longer ago tugster did this on Bellavia.

Enjoy a few more pics of President Truman before learning its fate.  The photo below was taken in September 2007.


March 2009.


June 2009.  Dimensions on President Truman are 902′ x 129.’  As such, she could not traverse the current Panama Canal.   Teu capacity on Truman is about 4500.


In the foreground in the photo above, of course, that’s Capt. Log, now retired.  The assisting tugs are shown below.  McAllister Brothers nearer and  . . .I can’t identify . . . astern of her.


Here from May 2009 is sister vessel President Polk, assisted by Ellen McAllister and McAllister Sisters.


Both Polk and Truman are no more.  Nor are Adams and Jackson.  All dead.  Click here and scroll to page 41.  They were all renamed President 1, President 2 . . . and taken to Chittagong for scrapping.   I’d love to find photos of these vessels being scrapped.

Which brings us to this past weekend. And this vessel.  Teu capacity is over 8000.  Dimension 1095′ x 138.’  See the crewman standing watching on the bow . . .



Near the salt pile they pass, Zim Monaco 4250 teu.



Now that the process of raising the Bayonne Bridge has become, maybe some folks will imagine widening the KVK.  By the way, if you see little difference between Pacific Link and the Presidents, count the number of containers across the stern.


And an 8000 teu vessel, as appropriate as it may be for some locations, is “compact” compared to what already sails the oceans–20,000 and up–and what is being planned: 25,000 teus and up.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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First foto comes thanks to William Hyman, who took it eight days ago.  Resolute waits along the dock in MOTBY for its next assist.  In the background is a lesser-known 9/11 monument, a Tsereteli statue given to the US as an official gift of the Russian government only six years ago. Putin himself came here for the dedication.   Resolute is six times older than the monument, and when it was launched, no doubt no one would have imagined a Russian-donated statue would stand anywhere in NYC.

Ireland dates from 1940;  she first appeared on this blog only five months ago here.

No vessel makes more noise as it passes as OSG Vision.  And if you don’t know her power in “equines,” check here.  I guess that partially explains the throbbing, only partly since President Polk is rated at 57,000! 

Amy Moran (1973, 3000 hp) assists OSG Vision and OSG 350 through the Kills.

Amy C McAllister (1975) follows McAllister Sisters (1977) to the next assist.

Bruce A. McAllister (1974) here assists Baltic Sea I (2003) rotate and then head outbound.

A few seconds earlier, McAllister Sisters used noticeable force to push Baltic‘s stern around.

There was once a Baltic Sea that belonged to the same fleet as Beaufort Sea (1971), but that other Baltic now works out of Lagos, Nigeria.  I’ve written the new owners to ask for fotos, but  . . . so far, in vain.

Bering Sea (1975) and Jane A. Bouchard (2003) spend some time at the fuel dock.

No tug appears on this foto, but some of you just know which tug is mated to RTC 135.  Cruise ship, I believe, is Explorer of the Seas.   Answer about the tug follows.

Gelberman (1980)  may look like a tug, but USACE call it a “debris collecting vessel.”  More info on her can be found in this post from three and a half years ago.

Thanks to William Hyman for that first foto;  all others by Will Van Dorp.   And the tug mated to RTC 135 is Nicole Leigh Reinauer.

. . .   and  on a rainy day.  Here was 1 in this.

Note the crewman entering or departing President Polk by the access doorway.  Doubleclick enlarges.  Can you name two institutions that opened while Polk, 11th,  was president?

As Larvik slides over to its berth, the linemen prepare to run the lines to the bollards.

Lateral sliding power gets provided by McAllister Sisters and Resolute.

Barbara is not forgotten.

Sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.

Amy Moran reminds me . . . where is Cape Cod these days?

Baltic Sea I rotates off the dock and heads for sea.

Bruce A. McAllister delivers the pilot.

On its way to assist in Baltic Sea I departure, McAllister Sisters passes Maersk Utah.

Answer to the question on Polk,  the president, was incumbent for the creation of the US Naval Academy and the Smithsonian.   More info on him here.

All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp.

OK, so I’m a curious blogger who  looks in on a world I don’t really inhabit, a set of professions I wish to know more about than I do, a realm where I might re-engage.  If I’d made different decisions years ago, I could have been this crewman, almost lost among the steel members of bow and crane at the dock where President Polk will discharge and accept containers with goods worth millions.  I’m guessing he’s a docking pilot, sixth boro crew as opposed to Polk crew.  Might some of Polk crew be asleep as their vessel docks, here at Howland Hook?


I might have come to work the clamshell dredge this morning on this crew boat.  Or I could have been boat crew bringing these dredgers to their job site.  English is strange sometimes:  crew boat just isn’t the same as boat crew.  The tug there is Miss Gill.  More Gill and dredge fotos soon.  Is Gill a day crew only boat?


When Grimaldi Lines Repubblica di Amalfi came through the Narrows the other morning, I first saw a RORO container ship painted the same bright yellow as  . . . a Ferrari or a Fiat.  Well, maybe less glossy.  But I didn’t think of the crew:  how many, what life stories and dramas and talents, what nationalities.  But as the vessel came closer, I noticed the bow


had five guys visible.  They were taking in the sunrise as I was.  (I’m trying to figure out how to upload fotos such that when you click on them, they enlarge, but I don’t have it yet.)  The closest guy wearing a chartreuse life vest had a phone to his ear.  Talking to whom and where, I wondered.  I’d certainly call friends and special friends all over the city just to say I was back in the sixth boro, but could he even get off the ship?


About the same time into the harbor came this beautiful tanker, Orange Wave, carrying my favorite drink fresh from groves in Brazil.  And the Orange Wave crew, what color uniforms do you suppose they wear?


But who is he?  How many trips between Santos and Newark has he made?


Robbins Reef . . . I could be wrong, but I’m guessing what we see here is the entire crew, one man sitting at the wheel.  Correct me if I’m wrong.


And the crewman of Falcon standing beside the railing near the stern of the barge, how many fellow crewmen are on the tug?


As Miriam Moran with white protective sheet over the rubber pudding  trailed a cruise ship into port last weekend, a crewman looked upriver maybe at the stern of the cruise ship, resting on the warm H-bitt.


This is one of my favorites and I posted a different shot in the series a few days ago:  one crewman of Gramma Lee T Moran working out on a rowing machine while hundreds of people on the cruise ship look on.  Does he realize he appears to be such a spectacle.  Of course, you say, those folks were looking at Manhattan, not the crewman, and I know that.


My point:  crew is crew.  They’re not passengers, family, friends, staff, associates, castmates, colleagues, teammates, partners . . . I could go on.  Crew.  They’re crew.

If I were crew, there’d be gains and losses.  I’d know some of the answers to questions like those raised, but I wouldn’t see myself or my vessel in its entirety the way I can now.  On the other hand, I’d see the world from it, see the insides.  Gain some, lose some.  Makes it hard.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp since July 1, 2009.

I can’t believe nearly two years have passed since I last did a red tug post.  In truth, I should call this double-white-ring-on-red-stack fleet, because I mean McAllister.


Imagine all the trucks, all the stuff, unexpected stuff comes in containers from across the seas.   And to get it off loaded .  . . a process that begins EVEN before all the docking lines are secured, I’ve noticed.


Sisters strains, but


Ellen, with her black smoke, does the visual equivalent of a grunt, and the ship, all dozens of thousands of tons, slips compliantly toward the dock at just the right vector.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who changed his mind about a “blotus,”   blogging hiatus.

And yes, I’m upriver, Onrust country, where I find that the farther one gets from the sixth boro, the moro the sixth boro shows its having permeated far and wide.  Upriver fotos next week.

By the way, more on this soon, but PLAN to be in Rotterdam Junction on May 20 for the Onrust splash!!

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