11/7/12 The fuel terminals are slowly opening up more berths for transferring gasoline and heating oil to barges. Limited function is available, vapor recovery is sporadic. Electrical power to pump to barges is extremely limited. Even though more berths are open, few in any are completely operational. It’s downright eerie that the terminals usually brightly lit are dark and spooky with a minimum of lighting available.
As the Nor’easter begins to settle in around us, we are safely and securely moored in Carteret waiting to begin loading. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be here for the duration of this weather event.
We took the long way around Staten Island from Bay Ridge Anchorage this morning and the destruction of the southeastern coast of Staten Island and the lower Arthur Kill was widespread and nearly total. Any exposed marinas were basically wiped away. Their storage yards had boats of all types scattered like a toddler’s toy box. So many boats were perched on the bones of the old piers that line the lower Kills above Perth Amboy. It looks as if they were skewered and up on pikes. Debris, oil sheens and mangled unrecognizable structures were visible all along the lower end. I don’t need to post pictures since you can’t escape the photo record on TV or any of the social media.
11/6/12 Very little refining capacity is in use, the suppliers are mainly relying on pipeline transfers from the Colonial and Buckeye pipelines and off-loading refined cargoes from ships at anchor here in the harbor. After laying at anchor since 0200 on the 3rd, we’re slated to get a loading berth tomorrow morning and commence taking on 105,000 barrels of gasoline for a New England delivery. We’ll be getting underway after things settle down and not before.