Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

albany-bound vessels

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/08/16

This ship went south (what did it unload there? pumice? ash?)vesuvius

this ship went north (fig wine? elixir? women’s perfume? what’s in there?)

afrodite

?…ehh, fuggedaboutit.

coffeecup

peek at Tugster

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  1. tugster said, on 2013/08/17 at 00:24

    uh-uh . . . tugster here. i missed the boat, but i’ll catch it soon. give me til saturday night . . .

  2. walt stevens said, on 2013/08/17 at 10:23

    Bowsprite,
    2 weeks ago, I saw Aphrodite going north toward Alabany. She was empty heading up river, her bulbous bow was pushing a nice laminar flow of Hudson River water! I looked on AIS, no luck i could only find Horizon Aphrodite, and she was off of the coast of Florida? Per Tugster: Aphrodite is IMO 9292620,
    And, she’s returning with Bakken shale crude oil. Stena Primorsk A wider ship than Aprhodite ran aground in December. They were utilizing 80,000 Barrel barges in the interim. Forget about the trains. Now, They’re lookiing at rail trasport of crude oil with an open eye since the Deadly tank car derailment in Quebec this past July. We’ll Probably see more of Aphrodite, and she’ll become a regualr in the sixth boro like: The Buchanan’s Stone scows, and the DEP boats.
    Many Thanks,
    walt

  3. mageb said, on 2013/08/17 at 12:17

    You start my day with a grin. :)

  4. walt stevens said, on 2013/08/18 at 13:51

    And another thing, it would take 133 railroad tank cars (600 barrel capacity) to equal an 80,000 barrel barge.
    It would take another 384 railroad tank cars (600 barrel capacity) to equal the Afrodite’s 230,000 Barrel capacity.
    According to the AIS: Afrodite is on her way to Irving Oil coompany’s refiery in St John, New Brunswick. ETA 8/19/13 @ 23:30 UTC.

    • will said, on 2013/08/18 at 17:35

      517 train cars, that’s over a thousand tanker trucks . . .

      • walt stevens said, on 2014/02/08 at 11:47

        Empirically, we are re-inventing JL Radtke’s Iso-efficiency charts!
        Nothing Trumps the ULCC class Tanker. There are some vagaries and gray areas in this chart: for example:
        A Cadillac Escalade at a steady 50 mph vs. a Toyota Prius on the highway, the latter’s performance really shines in bumper, to bumper, gas brake, gas brake driving, and not so much on an Interstate Route 80 drive from NYC to San Francisco, California!
        -The economies of scale are staggering One ULCC vs 11,000 tanker trucks!

  5. Buck said, on 2013/08/18 at 22:05

    The Port of Albany doesn’t publish their shipping schedule so it’s really hard to be there when Aphrodite arrives or departs. AIS hasn’t got good coverage up the Hudson :-(

    • will said, on 2013/08/18 at 22:58

      aphro- v. afro- makes a big difference here.

      on a separate note, are you coming to the roundup this year? i’ll be staying on tug44, and the author of this blog might have an emporium on the bulkhead . . .

      • Barry Parker said, on 2013/08/31 at 10:27

        Almost an “AFRA” max but a little smaller

  6. bluebrightly said, on 2013/08/18 at 22:57

    As always, you have a wonderfully light touch. And your colors are so vivid and interesting! Thanks for the laugh, and I love that Greek diner cup!

  7. Buck said, on 2013/08/19 at 07:22

    Ha! Caught in a spelling kerfuffle! I wish I could go to the Roundup but it always falls on the same weekend I am on Mt Greylock, MA for a ham radio contest. :-( I’m seriously bummed that I never get to see those marvelous tugs right in my back yard.

  8. vagabonde said, on 2013/08/24 at 21:38

    I read your story about the Mariner in San Francisco – good excerpt. We were in San Francisco too and staying in front of the gate to China Town. As for your current ship Afrodite – I think it’s strange that a tanker would be called after the Greek goddess of love – I checked and she (a ship is a she in English? ) is in the port of St John, New Brunswick – I don’t think she was carrying perfume – well maybe the scent of oil. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. freightboy1 said, on 2013/11/04 at 14:13

    One more from me. Afrodite (and a sister ship) began charters in July 2013 at $16,000/day for two years, to Irving Oil, which imports the Bakken crude (loaded near Albany) into their EC Canada refineries. Afrodite is iced class, so it gets a premium to comparably sized “MR” tankers- which have been going for around $14,000/day on term charters. Owners are Tsakos Energy Navigation, hence “TEN” on the side of the vessel.


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