Weather records

January 4 brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, with at least one location in the New York area recording record highs in the 60s.The River is a source of coldness this time of year, and a layer of mist lingered above the water for most of the day before some light rain arrived with sunset.

Commercial traffic was light but there were some less frequently seen vessels in evidence. Traffic to and from Westchester was also a notable feature: a pair of Moran tugs were seen heading to Buchanan, very likely to assist with the departure of the bulker Belfriend which has been unloading a cargo of Spanish gypsum at the wallboard factory there, and Dann Marine’s East Coast was towing a light sugar barge south from the Yonkers Domino plant back towards Florida after unloading there. The wallboard plant and sugar refinery are the only businesses receiving bulk cargos on the Hudson in Westchester County these days, while the Peekskill fuel depot also occasionally receives a tanker barge delivery. The bulker Belfriend seems likely to slip by Manhattan after dark.

City Cruises’ Celestial, built in the style of the Parisian bateaux mouche and normally only seen on the River at dinner hour, was cutting the early morning mist on a non-revenue run up to the North River Boatyard in Nyack for repairs.
NY Waterway’s Edgewater ferry passed in similar hazy conditions
Dann Marine’s Captain Willie Landers had a Lockwood Marine deck barge heading for Albany
Their Dann colleagues on the Calusa Coast pushed a tanker barge south from the Yonkers anchorage to a pier in Red Hook. Calusa may have been up in Yonkers with this barge since she passed heading up there before Christmas.
Dann’s East Coast had the sugar barge Jonathan on the wire, heading back to Florida on the ebb tide after unloading at the Yonkers Domino plant.
Vane’s Fort McHenry, more often seen delivering bunkering barges to the cruise terminal, had a tanker barge cargo heading north
Kimberly Turecamo passed Englewood Cliffs heading for Buchanan to assist the bulker Belfriend leaving the wallboard plant there.
Kimberly was followed by the Mary J. Turecamo
The DEP’s 2008 vintage Red Hook tanker, the second oldest in the fleet, was heading to the North River plant to load sludge for dewatering at Hunts Point
The Corps of Engineers tug Gelberman was on patrol, making a loop up to the GWB after making a survey of the East River up to Throgs Neck
An NYPD 45’ launch came up the River from the Sunset Park base, made a loop and then headed for Erie Basin.
This NY Air National Guard Pave Hawk chopper (Air Force search and rescue version of the Blackhawk) flew up the River from its base at Grabeski airport in West Hampton with a trooper’s boots visible hanging out the door.
A Metro-North “maxi-bomb” train bound for Grand Central with the locomotive pushing approached Spuyten Duyvil. A maxi-bomb is a diesel plus 7 Bombardier coaches.

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