Ready to freeze

After a brief period of rain mid-week as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole lingered, New York shifted to classic clear and cold autumn weather, with morning temperatures in the 30’s and 15 knot winds out of the southwest. Tanker barges remain busy and seem to be favoring the River over the Bay during their downtime. By Friday afternoon, there were four tugs and barges at anchor in the North River, and three more off Yonkers, ahead of a snow squall expected to move through this evening. Meanwhile, recreational boats are increasingly scarce as most are likely now out of the water for winter or headed off for the south.

Dean Reinauer at anchor in the river in Wednesday morning fog
Kristin Poling heading for new cargo after anchoring for a few hours before sunrise Wednesday
Janice Ann Reinauer returned from delivering a cargo in Providence Thursday and anchored off Grant’s Tomb through Friday evening
Janice Ann at anchor Friday morning
Cape Henry was anchored in the North River Friday as well
And Kimberly Poling was also anchored further south at the afternoon slack tide Friday
Vane Brothers’ Kings Point headed north with what was probably a partially loaded barge
Quite a crowd on Friday night. Source: MarineTraffic
Haugland Group’s Everly Mist continues to make regular hopper runs between Haugland’s Tomkins Cove port and the Newark Bay side of Bayonne
DonJon’s low slung tug J. Arnold Witte, designed to negotiate the New York State Canals and tight creeks off New York harbor, has been maneuvering a work barge at Pier 99 this week
A survey boat has also been in use there, presumably ensuring adequate depth
While other DonJon boats continue to move DSNY scows in and out
There was also some work happening south of the Intrepid, with a huge Weeks crane there Thursday. It was gone Friday.
533 is Weeks’s largest crane, with 500 ton capacity
Norwegian Escape refueled Thursday morning as passengers headed for transportation after arriving from Rome. Escape then headed without passengers for her winter headquarters of Port Canaveral, Florida
A pair of Army Blackhawk helicopters flew south at 400 feet into a strong headwind, coming down from Stewart Airport in Newburgh
North Hudson (NJ) Fire/Rescue’s marine unit was on the River Wednesday in the rain, with a well dressed crowd on the aft deck
USCGC Penobscot Bay was on the river Thursday morning, making smoke as she frequently does and seemingly in need of an emissions upgrade.

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