Better Times

Sandy has wreaked havoc with New York Harbor

“The Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest on the East Coast, was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, and officials there are now in the process of cleaning up after several feet of water sloshed through the huge linked facilities earlier this week.”   “…reports emerged of gasoline and oil spills in the Arthur Kill near Staten Island… numerous huge shipping containers blown off vessels into the harbor’s channels…”   “…huge surge from Newark Bay inundated a 120-acre lot at Port Newark where thousands of new cars were awaiting shipment, destroying many of them…”     “…the port’s most serious problem in the days ahead will likely be labor. ‘Many workers live in the affected areas,’ Mr. Curto said. ‘They lost homes and cars; some have no gas. We don’t know how many are going to be able to get to work. That’s the big question mark and no one has an answer yet.”

from  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/hurricane-sandy.html#sha=2ef7ce094

In better times, ships stay their courses as tugs guide them across New York Harbor and through the tricky twists and turns of the Kill Van Kull. Containers stay put on ships and on land, cargo is safely secured on shore, and the power needed to get the job done – be it electrical or human – is available.

The tanker Golden Energy sliding under the Verrazano Bridge.

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An oil tanker is carefully maneuvered into its berth by a Moran tug.

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Dawn on the Kill Van Kull, ships safely moored.

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Lights dress up the harbor as the sun sets.

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Mornings can be very busy.

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The Kimberly Turecano heads home.

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With the Brooklyn skyline in the distance, harbor waters reflect blue skies.

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The Mol Paramount, a container ship built in 2005, heads out to sea.

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Remnants of a December storm provide a striking backdrop as a tug steers a barge through the Kill Van Kull.

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The stx Pan Ocean Oriole, a mammoth car carrier that can holds up to 4,780 autos, heads out to a distant port.

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May New York harbor, Staten Island, and all the rest of New York City recover swiftly.


5 comments

    • Thank you for commenting! We’re always looking for new viewpoints, yes? And most of these were from my window, so I had the advantage of capturing the same view in different seasons, light and weather – not to mention different ship activities.


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