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I know the sixth boro sees lots of RO-RO traffic, these

almost hermetically sealed vessels like CSAV Rio Aysen that allow vehicles to roll on or roll off a port.    This is the time of year when new year models of automobiles are heavily advertised.  It’s also a time post-Sandy when folks are looking to replace cars crushed by falling trees.

Since Sandy I’ve seen lots of RO-ROs, like

Aida, shown here passing Potomac and

here in the distance heading out the Ambrose Channel,  out beyond NYK Romulus (see fotos of her from the Bayonne Bridge) and the Narrows.

Here’s Western Highway inbound a week ago, and

Grande Guinee–hull down–headed for West Africa the same day.  She’s approaching Cape Verde right now.  In the foreground . . . it looks like Emerald Coast, tending barge alongside an NYK container ship.

And then it occurred to me:  sixth boro ports have large areas only a few feet above sea level where new cars just offloaded await shipment inland.  Were there any in port when Sandy came ashore?    Uh, only about half a billion dollars worth!  These cars, never used, now head straight for the scrap yard.   I’d have volunteered to help drive some of these cars to higher ground away from the port.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Thanks to Michele, here’s a story about burning Priuses and Fiskers at Port Newark.

Any guesses on the identification of vessel/structure X above?  I assumed it was military.  Answer follows.

The long frustrating lines at the gas pumps locally are NOT the result of absence of fuel in the port.  From l to r here are tankers Queen Express, Romo Maersk, Sira, and Mercini Lady . . .

Closer up of Romo Maersk and Sira.  Although these tanker are in port, they’re not at the usual docks because

this activity is in high gear there:  hydrographic surveying for hidden obstacles and possibly

retrieving them.   Tug here is Harry McNeal.

Oil is being moved, however, in the likes of barge Edwin A. Poling, pushed by Kimberly Poling,  and

barge Pacific, pushed by North Sea and assisted here by tug Pegasus. Clipper Legacy is obscured at the dock there also.

Here it is . .  vessel/structure X aka Happy Delta bringing in some large structures marked

NYC Sanitation.   ?

It’s great to get this angle of Pati R. Moran, but noteworthy also . .  the orange vessel in the background . . . it’s Duncan Island, bringing NYC its bananas.

Western Highway . . . transports who knows what vehicles

And surely some parts of the port are flowing when APL Cyprine ingresses as Hoechst Express egresses.

Note the tan colored vehicles atop  . . .  port side.  Charles D. McAllister escorts.

JLTVs mebbe?  Among other things  . . .

And the two final images thanks to AIS marinetraffic . . . .  the inflow Monday morning at 0800 . . . and

today, Tuesday, at 1400.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is mindful that many folks on land around the sixth boro still lack electricity, heat, and cable communications; and walk up and down dark stairs in high rises to get MREs passed out by the National Guard.    Temperatures this morning here were in the mid-30s . . . i.e., just a hover above freezing.

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