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Chemical Coast Moran Tugs, Kill Van Kull | by Mitch Waxman
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Chemical Coast Moran Tugs, Kill Van Kull

From left- the tug Linda Moran (a brand spanking new, 2008 vintage, 5,100 horsepower articulated Tug built by Washburn & Doughty in Maine), the barge Houston (a 118,000 barrel articulated fuel barge), and the tug Kimberly Turecamo ( a 3,000 horsepower tug which was involved in the accidental grounding of the Container Ship New Delhi Express in the Kill Van Kull back in 2005).


Working Harbor Committee Jun 15th tour, quoting from their website:


"We depart Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, go by the Brooklyn Piers and south in Buttermilk Channel between Brooklyn & Governors Island, passing Atlantic Basin. We go further south and nose into Erie Basin, a large barge & tug facility and home to IKEA's Brooklyn store on the former site of Todd Shipyard and a now filled in graving dock.


We then cross Upper New York Harbor, passing numerous moored barges and tugs to the entrance to the Kill Van Kull, a waterway that separates Staten Island and Bayonne, passing tanker terminals, tug yards, and a large ship repair facility with floating drydocks. We proceed westerly and pass under the Bayonne Bridge, turning north to enter Newark Bay, home of Port Newark and Port Elizabeth, the largest collection of huge container ports on the East Coast of the US.


We come back out through the Kill Van Kull again, then north passing the end of the Military Ocean Terminal with its large active graving dock, then go by Global Marine Terminal just north. We pause at the end at the Statue of Liberty (around sunset) and then proceed to the tip of Manhattan and back to Pier 16."

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Taken on June 15, 2009