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This exact title–sans the number–goes way back to 2007 here.   The orange vessel doing surveys in 2007 has been replaced by the one below, which I’d not seen until very recently.

The USACE has several survey boats in the boro, as

does Rogers.

Alpine Ocean has been surveying the harbor and the bight for some time now . . . with R/V Shearwater, which I’ve seen as far south as Norfolk.

Shearwater is 110′ loa; clearly here you see how Dina Polaris shrinks her size, the latter has five times the number of berths.

She was in briefly and out this past weekend, so I devote more space to her.




And while we’re in this general group, I couldn’t pass up this vessel, which I’ve not seen.  She may be the one doing working on the WW2 tanker wreck Coimbra, 30 miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. Has anyone gotten photos of her?

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wishes you all a happy may day . . .



Here are previous installments and related ones.

Technically, infrastructure could include launch services, without which port activities would slow.

Survey services ensure that channels and depths at docks allow activity without literal impediment.

USACE overlaps with Rogers in some areas.

But more commonly when one thinks of infrastructure, it’s what allows terrestrial activity,

like bridges and their on- and off-ramps.

With all the bridge building and innovation going on the the greater land area around the sixth boro, it’s not surprising to see bridge components arrive this way.   And what travels on the waterways post-demolition isn’t only parts of roadways; here large pieces of scrapped vessel traveled.

New bridge component above, old bridge component below . . .

Without liquid infrastructure, these would not be moving.

Thanks to Glenn Raymo for use of his photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.


One day Atlantic Coast moves the scow, and the next it moves what would scoop sixth-boro-bottom into  the scow.


Michele Jean does pre- and post-dredging surveying.


An eight-leg stand bucket (?) in autumn light is as beautiful as a spring daffodil about to open, a bud just quivering with excitement.


Fin Kennedy has its niche.


More buckets  . . . er quivering petals.


Red Rogers has its niche.


Bowsprite’s favorite is the cutter head, fierce though it be.


See the fine print on the hull midships . . .  it’s another survey boat.


and two barges loaded with buckets and cranes over by Atlantic Salt.  More on this soon.


Not a very good foto of Seis Surveyor, but I did catch it as an unusual profile about a mile and a half away.  Read all about this transient here.   Here are her fleet siblings.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Note:  all these fotos were taken in about a four-hour period over two days in the past week.  More dredging than typical in fall?

I wonder if Little Richard  would substitute “dredgin'” for “shakin,'”  THE anthem of the dredging world  then.

If you want to see some of the 92,754 steps in building one of the world’s largest dredgers, click here for Leiv Eiriksson.

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