Thursday, June 14, 2018

A good day for seeing boats

This should wrap up my photo expedition from a couple of day ago, although you never know what I'll find when I look at the pictures again in a few days.

First, here is the M/V Bernard P upbound at Ashland, Ky., with its load of equipment for the Shell cracker plant under construction at Monaca, Pa. I'm not sure what's in the barge tied up to the shore next to the Ashland riverfront park, but given that Ashland has been big in metal, I'm guessing it's scrap metal.

Here is the M/V Marathon lightboat passing the mouth of the Big Sandy River.

And here is Ingram's Sarah L. Ingram at Catlettsburg, Ky. It spent some time at the place called Merdie Boggs, whose formal name I don't know now that Ingram as acquired it. It will take some time for me to learn to call it something other than Boggs' Landing.

Up at Huntington, I wanted to go home, but the Bernard P was in sight and there was this colorful coal tow coming down the river.

It was the M/V Michael J. Grainger. As I was processing this image, I accidentally hit a button to make it monochrome, and I decided I liked it better that way. The previous image worked better in color, but this one looked pretty good in black and white.

Here's the Grainger heading down the river with the Bernard P taking its time coming upriver.

As it passed the bridge, the Bernard P met this canal boat from Marathon Petroleum.

"I've been on that boat," I said out loud as it passed under me. Specifically, I was at its christening in Cincinnati in September 2016.

After that, it was time to go home and celebrate the fact I got to see seven boats that day when some days I don't see any.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Moving barges at Kenova

Sometimes you're standing there, shooting away as the M/V Mr. King moves barges around for the M/V Energy and you realize something is wrong. Your next camera will have a voice that asks, "You changed some settings for the previous photo. Are you sure you want to continue shooting with settings you don't normally use?"

My camera is not that smart, so I did my best to salvage the images I got yesterday at the mouth of the Big Sandy River. Here they are without comment.

Coming soon are photos of other boats I saw yesterday. It was an unusually busy day around here.

M/V Marathon and others

Yesterday while I was at Virginia Point Park in Kenova, W.Va., at the mouth of the Big Sandy River, there was a lot of river activity going on. Here deckhands from the M/V Energy are working on the wires of a tow while the M/V Marathon heads upriver lightboat behind them.

More photos of the Energy and the process of moving barges around to come.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

M/V Bernard P

The third tow (that we know of) of supplies for the ethane cracker under construction at Monaca,  Pa., passed through the Huntington area today. I went to Ashland, Ky., intending to get just one picture, but on the way back up the river, I saw so many boats that I wondered if I would ever get home. Every time I started walking to the car, I saw something that needed to be in a picture.

Anyway, here are four photos of the Bernard P. More may come later.

First,  passing under the highway bridges at Ashland, Ky.

I had considered going up on the sidewalk of the green bridge and getting an overhead shot, but I did that with the Mister Mac and I wanted to try something different.

Next, an overhead view of the cargo.

And of the boat and its cargo.

Finally, passing the Highlawn neighborhood of Huntington,  as seen from across the river at Bradrick, Ohio.

There are lots more photos on two memory cards. That means lots more blog entries to come.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Crounse boats

Every now and then I refer to the new Crounse Corp. boats. In this case, “new” is relative as the boats such as the M/V Leslie M. Neal …

… are getting close to being 10 years old.

According to Coast Guard documentation, the Linda Reed, Paula Ruble, Jackie Englert and Janis R. Brewer all were built in 2009. The Leslie M. Neal was built in 2010. They were built when marine companies were building several new boats for use on the Ohio. Among them were AEP and Marathon Petroleum. Each company's new boats had a distinctive look.

Compared to the Hillman boats, which would be in their 60s, or the Dravo Vikings, which would be  in their late 30s to early 40s, perhaps 8 or 9 years old is “new”.

They’re still a joy to photograph, and the closer the better. I’ve not been nearly as close to one as I would like, meaning closer than this …

… but give me time.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

M/V Linda Reed and M/V Leslie M. Neal

Today I had the pleasure of seeing two of the new Crounse boats, although the sightings were several miles and several hours apart.

First was the M/V Linda Reed, seen here hugging the West Virginia shore opposite Clipper Mill, Ohio. Or is it Clipper Mills? The last time I paid attention, the highway sign at one end of town had it singular and the one at the other end had it plural.

Closer to sunset, here is the M/V Leslie M. Neal. It's been a fairly frequent visitor to the upper Ohio of late. It was seen from the area below the bend at Crown City, Ohio.

Although I like the picture I got of the Linda Reed today, it's not my favorite picture with the boat in it. That would be ...

... this one.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Crew change in the morning fog

I was looking in my archives for something and I found this.

Not quite three years ago I posted posted a version that was cropped more tightly, but for this one all I cropped out was some river at the bottom. That took it down from a 4:3 to a 3:2. This boat was the M/V City of Pittsburgh. It was so close to the shore that I could smell it.

The bridge in the background is the Robert C. Byrd Bridge, known locally as the Sixth Street Bridge.

Six on, six off criticized

Here is an accident investigation report critical of the maritime industry's traditional work schedule of six hours on and six hours off.

I'm not competent to pass judgment, so I'll just pass it along.

Hat tip to Joe Kincaid.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

M/V Savage Insight and M/V Capt. Gerald Boggs

My morning walk down by the river was interrupted — in a good way — when I saw two boats.

First up was the M/V Savage Insight, owned by Savage Inland Marine.

The  Savage Insight is 92.6 feet long, 34 feet wide and 10 feet deep. It was built in 2011 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group. It was one of 35 towboats Savage Inland Marine acquired from Settoon Towing last year. Under Settoon's ownership, the Savage Insight was named the Shirley P. Settoon.

When Savage bought the boats from Settoon, it changed their names, with most if not all beginning with the name "Savage". Among the are the Savage Journey, the Savage Ingenuity and the Savage Legacy. The sort-of Star Wars fan in me hopes to see a Savage Opress some day, but that falls into the "ain't happening" category.

The other boat was the M/V Capt. Gerald Boggs of AEP.

While we think of the Boggs as being an AEP boat, technically it is owned by BB&T Equipment Finance Corp. It was built in 1977 by St. Louis Ship and was originally named the Edwin A. Lewis. It is 127.7 feet by 44 feet by 9 feet.

Sorry, no Star Wars references for this boat except that it came out the same year the first Star Wars movie did. Oh great, now I'll be playing Star Wars and Star Trek references with boats on the Ohio.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

M/V Christine B

Seen this past Thursday pushing  two empties up past Maysville, Ky. That would be Aberdeen, Ohio, in the background.

According to the Coast Guard, the Christine B is owned by C&B Marine Equipment LLC of Covington, Ky. It was built in 2008. It's 51 feet  long, 22 feet wide and 8 feet deep. Its previous name was the Scott Alvey.