Halloween and All Saints Day have come and gone, and still temperatures continue to peak in the 60s. River traffic has been fairly typical, though we continue to watch for signs that the extreme levels of disruption in the northeast diesel markets is affecting tanker patterns. The cruise terminal continues to see departures of final sails of the season, with the Disney Magic heading south for the winter Monday. The ATB Beatrice anchored off 72nd Street departed, picked up a new cargo in Port Reading NJ, and headed for New Haven. The Saint Emilion remained at anchor for a third day though, seemingly having exchanged her recent boat yard perch for a new parking spot afloat.
One somewhat unusual move observed was the ATB Jeffrey S, formerly known as the Ellen S. Bouchard, heading upriver to the Albany Buckeye Terminal with what looked like a light barge and coming directly from Bridgeport. Light barges do not normally move upriver, though it is possible that the barge remained partially loaded after making a delivery in Bridgeport and will more fully unload in Albany. Another possibility is that the barge will load a cargo in Albany, perhaps ethanol or a refined oil product arriving by rail from somewhere else. Unusual traffic should be expected given the severe strains in the diesel market but, again, this could just reflect normal random variability rather than the current unusual market circumstances.