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Two years ago, I wrote about Columbian tugs here, and alluded to reading of some new ones in Colombia here.   Here and here –one more here–are some others from the great river in the Northwest.   Thanks to the Maraki crew, here is some activity from along the northwest corner of South America.  Click here to read Maraki‘s account of conditions in this corner of the Caribbean

The big tug Atlas, built in Japan in 1991, seems to have trolling rods deployed, or am I seeing that wrong.

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Tayrona is from 2014 and Peru built.  Click here for more of the fleet.

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GPC Tesoro is China built in 2013.

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Here they escort Baltic Pride out to sea on a run to the  . . . Baltic.

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Pino, China built 2007.

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And Tortugas, RORO heads for the Canal, where I saw her about three years ago.  I have lots more photos of her there I’ve never used.  I wonder how long before Atlas‘ lines go tight with something huge.

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Colombian Coast Guard interceptor boat?

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All photos compliments of my sister.

A few more Colombian tugs can be seen here.

To paraphrase the line about the chanteuse grosse and something “being over,”  I couldn’t really feel

that I was back until the

the fat lady came into port, then the big orange PCTC must be she.    Topeka entered the sixth boro this morning, here escorted by Gramma Lee T Moran and Margaret Moran.

It turns out that Topeka and

Tortugas, which I saw just over two weeks ago in Panama, could not be more similar.  Both were built in Nagasaki in 2006, registered in Southhampton, and have a car-carrying capacity of 6354 automobiles!

Topeka’s itinerary for March is as follows:

2012 March 30th, 10:00:09 UTC New York
2012 March 28th, 08:30:29 UTC Halifax
2012 March 18th, 01:00:53 UTC Southampton
2012 March 15th, 22:00:24 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 March 13th, 23:00:50 UTC Bremerhaven
2012 March 11th, 13:00:27 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 March 6th, 05:00:54 UTC Barcelona
2012 March 4th, 22:00:49 UTC Voltri
2012 March 1st, 19:00:17 UTC Izmir

Tortugas‘s for the past two months is as follows:

2012 April 7th, 06:00:56 UTC Yokohama
2012 March 26th, 01:00:23 UTC Tacoma
2012 March 22nd, 07:30:45 UTC Port Hueneme
2012 March 12th, 13:00:30 UTC Manzanillo
2012 February 29th, 02:45:56 UTC Southampton
2012 February 27th, 10:00:16 UTC Zeebrugge
2012 February 24th, 15:00:35 UTC Bremerhauen
2012 February 5th, 05:00:55 UTC Brunswick
2012 February 2nd, 18:00:15 UTC Newark Berth 17
2012 February 2nd, 05:00:23 UTC New York

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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