The City Dock of Brotherly Love

Well after a bit of a shake up here at the office, I’ve been re-assigned for the time being to the Philadelphia fleet. I’m on a sister ship to my previous vessel, with a pretty gravy contract shuffling one of our coastal size barges up and down the Delaware River to and from various refineries and terminals. Its been a bit of an adjustment not doing three or four moves a watch, and I keep catching myself making sure the volume hasn’t been turned down on the radios. You get used to the constant noise in the background working in an area like New York harbor, and when 13 isn’t constantly going the wheelhouse seems awful quiet.
I spent several months down here with McAllister, doing mostly ship and assist work, in 2015 during a “slow period” in New York. So its been good to start getting refreshed on the berth names and numbers at the numerous terminals, as well as getting more acquainted with my current company’s operations here on the Delaware River. Aside from the difference in pace, the way bunker operations work here in the greater Philadelphia area is completely different from New York. While we are on contract doing non bunker work, I still get to watch the other boats run up and down the river to various terminals and anchorages to bunker the variety of tankers, bulkers, and container ships that call on the Delaware River.
So in between relearning berths, locations of security calls, and what channel dispatch stands by on, I’ll try and keep taking a photo or two. After all my writing certainly isn’t the reason most of you are here.

P.S. I hope some of you see what I did there with the title.


About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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