Welcome to ice season

Coast Guard Sector-New York’s official ice season began Monday, requiring vessels to check in with the Coast Guard VTS before heading north of the Bridge. It is still too early, of course, to see actual ice on the River, but there was some snow north and west of the city Monday morning after Sunday’s drenching rain, and vessels and commuter cars heading south brought with them a layer of white on their flat surfaces.

Heating oil continues to move north, and we see tug/barge combinations less frequently seen on the River, presumably a reflection of a need for more capacity, as well as an apparent cargo coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. Adeline Marie’s services apparently remain unneeded however, as she continues to sit at anchor off 79th Street.

Foreign flagged bulkers also continue to head up the River with salt from Mexico and Chile to keep the roads safe. A bill has passed both houses of the New York State legistature that would require municipalities to only use salt mined in the United States, presumably to benefit the mines located up near Rochester. The Governor has not signed it yet, however, and the DSNY commissioner is urging her to veto it, as presumably it would increase costs for the city. If it were signed into law, we would see fewer bulkers heading north on the River, though we might see more salt bearing barges heading south to supply the city with product from upstate.

Josephine came south with a coating of snow, passing the anchored and snowless Adeline Marie on the ebb tide.
The bridge footings and the Englewood headlands looked frosted Monday morning as well.
USCG icebreaker Penobscot Bay was heading towards Poughkeepsie, perhaps getting closer to the ice action though it still seems early for ice.
Bulker Alwine Oldendorff headed to Albany on the flood tide, passing the anchored Adeline Marie and likely loaded with salt, coming soon to a roadway near you. A bill pending with the governor would mean less traffic like this if she were to sign it.
Vane’s Charles Hughes, on the small side for North River tanker runs and normally seen on bunkering duty, was bringing a loaded looking barge down from a Yonkers anchorage down to the Upper Bay in an atypical move.
Centerline’s Barry Silverton came up from the Texas Gulf Coast and headed for Albany with a loaded 400’ barge, seemingly a somewhat rare direct run of Gulf Coast oil products up north, though its possible the barge was picked up in New York Harbor as the Silverton docked in Stapleton overnight.
Army Corps of Engineers Small Boat #3, a survey vessel for dredging, was heading north and disappeared off AIS near Edgewater Marina.
The larger Army Corp’s Hayward followed behind, making its usual patrol after the heavy weather Sunday.
A DonJon tug serviced the DSNY Pier 99 facility
A pair of Army Chinook’s headed north on unknown business.

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