Taking a break

North River anchorages filled up with unused tanker capacity on Monday despite mild weather in the Harbor and fair weather ahead. By Tuesday morning, Janice Ann Reinauer, Kirby’s Cape Hatteras, Evelyn Cutler, Vane’s Charleston, and Kristy Ann (Reinauer) were lined up from north to south between the Boat Basin and the Bridge. By Tuesday evening, all had headed out for new cargos with the exception of Evelyn Cutler, but then B. Franklin Reinauer arrived and dropped anchor off 72nd Street. Observed traffic has not been particularly notable, with the exception of Brinn Courtney coming through with an unusual tow—an oil spill response barge heading for Coeymans.

Evelyn Cutler, Charleston, and Kristy Ann anchored south of the Bridge Tuesday morning. Buchanan12 can be seen to Charleston’s left in the distant haze with their usual wide raft of hoppers.
A closer look shows Charleston’s barge has their derrick up moving a hose as Buchanan12 moves the crushed dolomite
Janice Ann made an early Tuesday departure from their 72nd Street anchorage, heading for KMI Carteret after a brief stop in the Upper Bay
Marilyn George spent a hour or so on the North River on her way down from Albany and then headed for Tremley Point on the Arthur Kill
Kristy Ann was on their way by late afternoon, heading for the Upper Bay
Charleston followed suit, heading for the Vane dock on the Gowanus Canal
B. Franklin arrived on the River in the late afternoon and maneuvered into the flood tide to drop anchor off 72nd Street.
Pinuccia was moving product, heading for Albany with a loaded tanker barge
In an atypical move, Stasinos’s Brinn Courtney came through towing a light looking tanker barge, signaling Coeymans and arriving from Norfolk. Stasinos is not usually in the oil products transport business, and tanker barges do not usually head for Coeymans where there is no oil products terminal. The barge, upon further investigation, turns out to be an oil spill response barge belonging to Marine Spill Response Corporation, so perhaps the barge is being used for some clean up or remediation operation.
Warm temperatures and strong steady breezes made for perfect sailing conditions.
The wing boarder has been back on the River, last seen in April getting plucked from the water by Harbor Patrol after struggling. This weeks’ conditions appeared more conducive as they passed behind and inland of the Charleston.

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