Temperatures moderated Sunday and winds picked up, making for a great day to be on the water for recreation. For some mariners though, Sunday is just another working day, and commercial traffic on the River was heavy. As usual, ATBs were moving oil products north and returning light. Cement barges moved the other way, coming south loaded and returning empty, as did tugs pushing hoppers full of crushed stone and gravel.
There were no new details available on yesterday’s boat fire and sinking, though we did here from a reader responding to our West Side Rag article on the incident that the boat’s passengers were rescued from the river by a civilian motor boat and transferred to an NYPD launch. A barge with a crane was stationed where the boat went down, suggesting the Corps may make an effort to raise it this week.