Weekday dredgery

DonJon Marine’s dredging team was back at work in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal this week, perhaps adding some depth back ahead of Fleet Week later this month. Otherwise observed traffic has been fairly typical on the North River, with Reinauer and Poling-Cutler crews moving oil products north, and stone coming south from the Clinton Point quarry. Up above, military traffic has been heavy.

DonJon Marine’s dredging crew was working between Pier 90 and 92 early in the week
By Thursday they had moved on to the south side of Pier 88
Mary Alice was towing loaded mud scows to the Historical Area Remediation Site off Highland NJ, just outside the harbor and coming back with empties.
With other DonJon tugs busy dredging, the company’s low slung canal-max tug J. Arnold Witte was on recycling duty at Pier 99
George Holland has been making regular runs to the Tilcon quarry in Clinton Point, supplementing the usual daily runs of Buchanan12
Buchanan12 remains in service as well, making its usual runs from Clinton Point.
One of the newer Reinauer ATB combinations, Dean Reinauer, headed for Newburgh Wednesday
The much older Stephen Reinauer was Albany-bound on Thursday
A Poling-Cutler tug stopped off 72nd Street on Tuesday
Marilyn George headed north with a cargo on Thursday, passing a loaded party boat
Kimberly Poling was running light heading north earlier in the day
Vane’s Charleston was anchored south of the Bridge Thursday with a light barge
Carolina Coast was heading back to Yonkers Thursday evening to rejoin a sugar barge after a trip down to boat yards on the Kill van Kull
The Bayonne-based icebreaking cutter Sturgeon Bay was heading for Haverstraw Bay Thursday, trailing its usual cloud of smoke
Another cutter moved up the North River on Monday evening. The Adelie is usually based in Port Angeles, Washington State, and its not clear what they are doing on the East Coast.
Army Blackhawks were flying north Thursday
As were Marine heavy lift Super Stallions
A trio of goslings was spotted Monday
Cormorants are working hard as usual

2 responses to “Weekday dredgery”

  1. Daniel, it’s always interesting to compare your daytime observations with mine, which are often nocturnal. In today’s posting, you show Buchanan “making its usual runs from Clinton Point.” That caught my attention, because when a tug rolls by late at night, it often turns out to be good old hardworking Buchanan! Makes me wonder if the work gets spread around evenly. Or does Buchanan have debts to pay…?

    And speaking of nocturnal observations, tugs are pretty well lit up at night, while their barges, unlit, are hard to make out without binoculars. Meanwhile, bulkers traveling at night bear almost no lights at all! These huge dark forms move fast, barely visible, gone in seconds. Are they seeking to elude detection? Saving electricity? Or is it simply for drama? The sight is thrilling. (Sorry, Buchanan. No comparison!)



    1. Someone once told me Buchanan12 is the hardest working boat on the river and I believe it. I’m never sure whether to be more amazed at the seemingly endless quantity of rock they can dig out of that same mountain up there or by the insatiable demand for the product. And i agree on the bulkers, it can be spooky. One just passed now and was completely invisible. Regards,


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