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We come around again to this horrific anniversary, the day each year we hug each other a little tighter and remember to say “I Love You” before heading off to work or school.

As we reflect and remember, I wanted to say Thank You to all the heroes that make us feel that tiny bit safer every day.

Here’s a reblogged post about those unsung heroes that saved a half a million people that fateful day. #EverydayHeroes #911Boatlift #NeverForget 

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9/11 BOATLIFT is the story of the largest maritime evacuation in history. On 9/11, 2001 over 500,000 people were rescued from Manhattan’s sea walls in just under nine hours.

The city was under attack. The subway was shut down, the bridges closed, commuter rail ground to a halt. Hundreds of thousands of people streamed towards the water’s edge, desperate to get to safety, desperate to get off the island.

The impromptu Boatlift of 9/11 rescued and evacuated between 350,000 and 500,000 people on that dark day. Photo via Road2Resilience

Ghost-like, thousands came through the dark, smokey mist. They crowded the seawall 10-deep, crying out for rescue.

Help us. We need help.

They came from every point on the harbor, heading fearlessly into the unknown. Photo via nine-pulse.org

Then the Coast Guard made the call.

All available boats. Anyone able to help with the evacuation of Lower Manhattan, report to Governor’s Island.

One radio call went out and within minutes, hundreds of tugboats, ferries, fishing boats, coast guard cutters, private boats, party boats, small professional diving boats and other vessels converged on the harbor to do what they could.

 

 

“If it floated, and it could get there, it got there,” said Mary Gellatly engineer Robin Jones.

As the towers fell, the brave community of mariners who work the waters of New York Harbor rushed towards the disaster.

That day, through the thick, acrid smoke came angels from the water.

“I believe everybody’s got a little hero in them. You gotta look in, and it’s in there. It’ll come out, if need to be.”  –Robin Jones, engineer Mary Gellatly

 

Thank You. #EverydayHeroes #911Boatlift #NeverForget Photo via CBS.



So, on this anniversary, let’s also honor and remember these humble maritime heroes; average people who stepped-up when needed, to accomplish the impossible.

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

TI Europe Super-Tanker. Photo by E. Nacar via MarineTraffic.com

 

A Chinese trading company has booked the world’s largest super-tanker – TI Europe, with plans to use it as a floating storage tank, as reported by Reuters.

TI Europe can hold a whopping 3.2-million barrels of crude, and with prices slipping below $100 a barrel, it looks like a great time to stock-up.

Photo by UGAL via MarineTraffic.com

 

wikipedia: The TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe and TI Oceania are the largest double-hulled supertankers in the world. They are also the largest ships in the world currently.

The Maersk Triple E class container ships are longer, but the TI Class are still the biggest in terms of deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage. These ships are wider than the new Panama Canal locks and will be unable to pass through when the new locks open.

Photo via sweetcrudereports.com

 

Reuters: Industry sources said Chinese firm Unipec, the marketing arm of Beijing-backed oil giant Sinopec, has booked the 3.2-million-barrel TI Europe, one of just a handful of Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC) still in service. It is listed as the world’s largest ocean-going vessel by tonnage, and is as long as the Empire State building is tall at 380 metres.

Photo via Ships Review

 

The booking is the latest sign that soaring oil supplies and tumbling prices are prompting traders to store crude in volumes not seen since the financial crisis more than five years ago. Analysts estimate more than 50 million barrels of oil may already be placed in storage.

Read more from Reuters here…

By Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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