Cooling down

The weekend passed with fairly typical traffic, with cement and possibly ethanol notable cargos as we transition away from heating oil season and head into summer driving. The cruise terminal was also busy, with Norwegian Getaway and Gem in town Saturday and Prima visiting Sunday. After a work week which featured record April temperatures in the 90s, things cooled down for the weekend with storms moving through Saturday night.

Janice Ann Reinauer came down from Albany with a loaded barge, heading for Boston with a stop in Providence. Loaded oil products barges normally head north on the North River but we occasionally see a cargo coming down from Albany and heading for New England which we assume is ethanol.
More typically, Marilyn George was light coming back from Albany on Saturday.
One of American Petroleum’s two small tugs, the Stephen B also came down from Albany with a light barge
Susan Rose headed upriver Sunday, traveling to her usual anchorage in Yonkers, with Norwegian cruise line’s Prima visible at Pier 88 on the right
Vane’s Fells Point headed for Albany with a cargo after sundown Sunday
Dann’s Pearl Coast was returning from a New England run with a light cement barge heading for Ravenna
Marine Highway Transportation’s Nathan G passed the Frying Pan bar on Pier 66 Sunday evening.
Vane’s Fort Schuyler bunkered Norwegian’s Prima Sunday afternoon
And later headed back to the harbor
The small tanker Lesney Byrd also visited Prima, and was seen at the cruise terminal on Saturday as well. Its not clear what role this small tanker is playing in cruise operations as usually the large barges handle refueling.
By Sunday evening, Prima was heading for Bermuda
The FDNY Marine Battalion chiefs boat was on the North River Sunday
As was a Coast Guard 29’ response boat
Sunday saw the FDNY’s 343 boat on the River
The hybrid ducks continue to consort with the mallards at the shuttered Boat Basin Marina.
Brant were observed north of Pier 66 on Sunday
Kayakers and paddle boarders are taking to the River in increasing numbers as temperatures warm

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