Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Maryland's facelift

I received a call early yesterday morning from the Feeney Shipyard (Kingston, NY) reporting that work had been completed on Maryland and she was exiting Rondout Creek to transit the Hudson River.  I checked the AIS and rode my bicycle out onto Walkway Over the Hudson for these photos.  As a bonus, the McAllister Girls had just passed northbound. 

McAllister Girls (foreground) northbound and Maryland southbound

Maryland running light with a bone in her teeth


Highland Landing in the background

Maryland in Walkway's shadow

Maryland southbound
According to Tim Feeney, "Kirby did a real nice job on her.  They brought her out of a lay up status, fully coated the hull and decks, coated all ballast tanks, removed and reconditioned both props and shafts, and dropped, inspected and repaired both rudders."  Maryland has benefitted by extensive steel renewal in the fore peak, galley deck, and after void spaces.  Feeney dropped all 12 keel coolers for cleaning and testing, removed from the hull all rubber fendering, most of which has been replaced anew.

The twin screw, 3,100hp tug will most likely start towing the barge Columbia for KIRBY when it arrives back from Maine later this week.

Maryland is a native New Yorker, launched 51 years ago in 1962 by Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay (hull #406).  She sailed originally for Esso Shipping (Wilmington, DE) as Esso Maryland and was later renamed Exxon Maryland.

Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island purchased her and stripped Exxon from her name.

K-Sea Transportation acquired Eklof in 1993 and in 2011 K-Sea was bought out by Kirby, for whom she still serves as Maryland. 

Maryland (r) with Solomon Sea both in K-Sea colors at the Port Ewen anchorage
Maryland  pushes a barge with Coral Sea cutting a track through the ice

More information about Maryland is available here:

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