Rear Admiral Gerd Glang
Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dear Admiral Glang:
My name is Captain R. Scott Ireland. I am the senior pilot of the Hudson River Pilots Association. Our members, along with many other professional mariners, are responsible for the safe and timely movement of commercial shipping on the Hudson River.
As Hudson River Pilots, we routinely brings ships that are 600 ft to 650 ft long x 105.9 ft wide through the federal channel from Kingston NY to Albany NY. This channel is 50 miles long and 400 feet wide with a federal project depth of 32 ft. The ships that we pilot carry cargoes such as scrap steel, grain, heavy lift project cargo, and the new player on the block, millions of barrels of Bakken crude oil being shipped out of the Port of Albany.
The increasing frequency of these large ships transiting an unusually long, narrow channel (as well as barges/ATB’s carrying crude oil) creates difficult navigational challenges that we encounter on a daily basis.
The biggest challenge, due to vessel size and the frequency of such transits, is that the meeting and passing of these increasingly larger vessels often requires that we find areas of the river where either or both vessels necessarily need to navigate the edges or even outside the edges of the federal chan- nel. Doing so safely often requires one or both of the meeting vessels to rely on soundings outside the channel to ensure that enough water is available in the area being transited. Click here for the rest of the story
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Last February 27th I decided to “hang up my anchor”. I had been working for the Sandy Hook and Hudson River Pilots for over 42 years. That day I piloted the tanker Afrodite down through the ice out of the Port of Albany and brought her safely to Yonkers - It was my last run! People often ask me what I’ll miss most about working on the “River”. My immediate response is always the same, namely the people I meet and work with! Spinning a ship around in the Port of Albany and helping it wend it’s way along is not an easy task and depends on the help of many others to make it happen safely. It all starts with the goodbye hug from my wife as I leave the house. Then I meet the security guard at the port who greets me and checks me through to the ship. Next I meet the agent (whose job it is to please everyone) who then gives me the OK that everything is ready. As I walk along the berth I greet the line handlers who are happy to know that their job is at hand as they shift back and forth with the cold. MORE
Football season is finally here. You know what that means to me, don’t you?
Sunday football parties of course! Sunday is my Husband’s day to sit and
scream at the TV. I am a standard girl when it comes to football; I really have
no interest in it. I do however; have a serious interest in Superbowl FOOD.
This recipe is so much fun. It combines two of my three loves; food and shop
ping. Think about the size of your crowd before you go to the market. Actually,
what you really need is a good Italian deli. I go to A&S Fine Foods in Jefferson
Valley. They are the nicest guys! Mario and Nicky always take very good care
of us. They have the BEST fresh mozzarella you have ever had. They make
it every morning around 9:00. If you haven’t tasted fresh Mozzarella before
then get yourself over there and try some. Trust me, you’ll love it! Not that you
can’t put this together from your local deli department, even supermarket deli
department, but using only Italian specialties makes a definite difference. More
I love making Rib Roast this time of year.
They are everywhere and they are on sale!!!
To me, cooking up that big honking hunk
of meat is a true sign of the holidays. I
have a recipe that is so easy, so delicious;
you are going to fall in love with it too.
Since I started cooking it this way; rib
roast has become a regular in our family’s
food repertoire. My darling Hub always
wants an end cut. More
Celebrating 130 years of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club
A new name was added
last month to the list of CYC mem
bers who have sailed to Bermuda
and back. Brett Kolfrat departed
CYC’s deep water dock on July 1
bound for Bermuda, and returned to
CYC on July 25 with a successful blue
water passage under his belt. Read More...
SPANISH 170 FOOT TALL SHIP "EL GALEON" WILL BE DOCK AT THE RIVERFRONT MARINA FROM OCTOBER 12TH TO THE 18TH. OPEN FOR VISITORS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.
This is a spectacular one of a kind ship. It has an admission fee for adults and children. Billy Joe's Rib
Works adjacent to Riverfront Marina will be hosting a pirate weekend in support of this spectacular ship
The huge West Coast Lifter has arrived on station at the Tappan Zee Bridge site today October 6, 2014. Leaving its resting place on the west side of New York Harbor at 6 A M this morning it arrived at 11 AM to be greeted by the Governor of New York an other dignitaries at Piermont Pier as it passed in review. The West Coast Lifter will be used to replace portions of the New Tappan Zee Bridge.