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M.V. Sea Wave IMO# 8014227 the continuing saga...
Friday February 27, 2009 at 6:15 PM by Rod
As I write this, the M.V. Sea Wave (IMO# 8014227) is inbound Narragansett bay having just passed the Brenton Reef #2 bound for Providence. I can only hope that this is good news. That she has paid those who need to be paid and that she is inbound to Providence to pick up a load. I photographed her on Febriary 25th 2009 (anchored in the Brenton Reef anchorage) from Beavertail Lighthouse and she was very high in the water. I am at a loss other then to think she has emptied her ballast tanks for some reason. I hope to have those pictures posted in the next 24 hours. You will notice the difference. Its quite striking. So with any luck, M.V. Sea Wave IMO# 8014227 will load up and depart for sea . The other option? Continuing repairs performed at dockside... Promet? Only time will tell...
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So many cars.. where do I put them all...
Tuesday February 24, 2009 at 9:59 PM by Rod
As I sat on the south end of Jamestown this afternoon, watching the Triton Highway depart in the setting sun (and getting some pretty good shot I might add which will be posted), I thought that once the Cosmos Venture departs later in the evening back to Germany, I wonder if the car ships will diminish or keep coming because of teh economy. I personally love when the car ships arive mostly because sometimes they are just so unusual looking and even their boxiness varies from ship to shilp and company to company. On one hand i hope they continue to come here weekly or better (as indicated by getting 3 last week) but thw reality is that due to the economy they may indeed come here left often. I can't help but think about the Cepheus Leader having so much trouble getting to the dock last week. personally, I can not think of anything I would not want to dock in bad wind other then a car ship. Nothing like a bog sail helping you when you don't want it to...I just saw that Cepheus Leader is now on her way to the mid atlantic states. I would love to see what their schedule is from the time they leave germany with a full load till the time they return empty. One can only wonder...
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Wind, cars ships and the M.V. Sea Wave...
Monday February 23, 2009 at 10:12 PM by Rod
It blew hard and steady all day from what seems to be mostly from the west but I was not keeping an eye on it so it may have swung around some... I wonder if it was as rough getting Cepheus Leader off the dock today as it was trying to land her last friday. I was able to get to Beavertail and get some nice distance shots of Triton Highway anchored near the M.V.Seawave and Energy Enterprise as well as shots of the departing Cepheus Leader as she headed out this afternoon. With Triton Highway, that makes 3 car ships within the span of 1 week. I am sure that these ships were ordered(for lack of a better term) many months ago, but I can't help but wonder if they are they dropping their regular full load or smaller loads, or are they they just continuing to get sent and the port has no choice but to make room for the cars anyway they can. I would like to think the economy is improving well enough that they have been able to to get the cars out of there but I am not holding my breath. if anyone has any thoughts that they can share about the questions I just posed, I would be very interested in hearing what they have to say... As for the Sea Wave. It is sad to see her there day after day as she just bides her time. I am told that she needs more repairs done but also that her current repair bill has yet to be paid hence the reason why she remains anchored at the Brenton Reef anchorage. I hope this will not turn into some long protracted "battle"(for lack of a better term) and as a result, the crew ends up suffering the most. Time will tell and i will be watching...
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Craig and Ruth Reinauer
Saturday February 21, 2009 at 11:17 PM by Rod
Both Craig and Ruth Reinauer now show up on AIS! Must mean Craig's refit is almost finished and Ruth must be getting put in service soon.
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M.V. Sea Wave IMO# 8014227
Saturday February 21, 2009 at 10:23 PM by Rod
This poor ship has been anchored in the Brenton Reef anchorage since February 14th 2009 and has been in the port of Providence for at least 1 month before that. It is unclear as to why she remains off shore in the Brenton's Reef anchorage. I am told that the repairs that kept her in Providence are complete. She departed the area under hew own power on February 12th but returned 2 days later. Hopefully some information will surface as to the reason(s) she remains off the Rhode island coast. In the meantime, I will keep tracking her days here...
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Cepheus Leader What a journey...
Saturday February 21, 2009 at 10:19 PM by Rod
So as I was leaving for work in Newport yesterday, I noticed the Cepheus Leader was inbvound bound for davisville R.I. at approx 0720 hrs. no problem, I got sopme shots of her before and after she went under the newport Bridge bound for Davisville. And that was that. if history is any guide, she would depart less then 12 hours later and would be bound for Boston via the Cape Cod Canal. Well imagine my supprise when, while I was at work, at approx 1100 - 1130 hrs the Cepheus Leader is outbound Narragansett bay passing Gould Island. Imagine the bigger supprise when she anchored in the Jamestown Anchorage. Well aside from getting many good shots as never (in my lifetime)do I remember a car ship anchoring in the Jamestown Anchorage. Normally, they arive a day or 2 early, anchor in the Brenton Reef anchorage and then proceed north to Davisville on the scheduled day usually between 0400 and 0800 and are generally gone within 12 hours. The only thing I can speculate is one of several scenerios has played out. A) The pilot brought the ship in as scheduled and for some reason or another either the dock\dock workers were not ready to receive the ship. B) There was no room on the lots for the cars and they needed a bit of extra time to make room. C) Maybe the ship was for whatever reason not fit to land at that time and the pilot brought her back to the Jamestown anchorage to make the nessecary corrections. Hopefully, I will find out in time. My guess is A) Regardless, it made for some great first time pictures (not to mention close ups) of the first car ship anchored in the Jamestown Anchorage.
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M.V. Sea Wave
Thursday February 12, 2009 at 12:16 AM by Rod
M.V. Sea Wave finally departed Narragansett bay recently only to anchor in the Brenton Reef anchorage for a few days before heading out to sea. The only information I received was that her ramp had been badly damaged both at a location prior to her arival in Providence and also damaged here in Providence. It was ultimately repaired to some extent by Promet in Providence at least well enough for her to leave port.
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On a sad note...
Thursday February 12, 2009 at 12:13 AM by Rod
I am hearing various reports that Tug Southern Cross has\is or will be cut up for scrap in the Providence river after her latest "incident" of sinking in the river. Although I am always saddened when a ship is cut up, given teh amount of "incidents" Southern Cross has had in recent years it may not be such a bad thing to end it now before lives get lost during her next "incident". If anyone has pictures of her being cut up or other info that they would liek to post, please email me and we will work something out.
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A slow down (Temporarily)
Thursday February 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM by Rod
Its been a busy few months since my last entry so as a New years resolution, I will try to get back to a regular posting on the blog. So along with everything else that is "slowing down", merchant traffic in or out of Narragansett bay has slowed somewhat also. We are still getting a few tugs a week, at least 1 or 2 coal ships and the occasional car ship but otherwise we are smack in the middle of the winter slow down. Additionally, my Canon 1D Mark III decided that January was a good time to have a software problem that required it to be sent back to Canon for repair. Thank goodness for warranties. Timing being what it is, it will allow me to finish uploading my images for 2008 and then start on 2007. Additionally, there are hopefully going to be some improvements to the site coming in the next few months which I think visitors will enjoy. We are little by little getting linked with other similar sites which has steadily increased incomming traffic from around the globe. Thanks to everyone who visits the site. I am pleased that you have found us and hope that you will come back and visit often. Please feel free to drop me a line at if you have any questions or if you would like a log in id to post on the site.
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