So many ships are coming and going these days, bringing in summer stuff, and probably the start of fall fashions. The big surprise this week is the arrival of Heavy Lift Ship Zen Hua 10.

Due to foggy conditions, I was unable to photograph her at anchor in Gravesend Bay. Her last visit in 2008 was the delivery of 4 new huge Gantry Cranes for APM Terminal, Port Elizabeth. I’ve included a couple of photos from back then. At that time, she lay at anchor for a couple of weeks until the terminal was ready for the delivery. Hopefully it won’t be out there as long this time.

NYK Deneb out to sea (Deneb was also the name of one of the old Bayonne Ferries). Photo: ©John Skelson

Robert Weeks. Photo: ©John Skelson

USAC Shuaiba inbound to the port. Photo: ©John Skelson

Charles D McAllister passing USAC Shuaiba. Photo: ©John Skelson

Dusseldorf Express inbound in KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Laura K Moran assisting Dusseldorf Ex. Photo: ©John Skelson

Thomas D Witte pushing 2 Hopper Barges. Photo: ©John Skelson

Shawn Miller. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ruth M Reinauer. Photo: ©John Skelson

FDNY Marine Co 8 Safeboat. Photo: ©John Skelson

Arabian Sea. Photo: ©John Skelson

Buchannan 12. Photo: ©John Skelson

Zen Hua 10 KVK 2008. Photo: ©John Skelson

Zen Hua 10 2008. Photo: ©John Skelson

Next week is the start of Fleet Week NYC. A parade of ships should start passing the Verrazano Bridge around Wednesday, 21 May at around 10AM and the Battery around 10:45 to 11AM. Let’s hope for good weather for the ships arrival. Ships will be open to the public Thursday thru Monday, locations are West Side Manhattan, and the Navy Pier Staten Island.

The lead ship will be the USS Cole. She was the ship bombed by terrorists in the Persian Gulf a few years ago. With a gaping hole in her hull, she was transported back to the US on the Heavy Lift Ship “Blue Marlin”.

Until next time… John Skelson.

All photos by John Skelson for the Working Harbor Committee