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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Don’t tell Newtown Creek, as I wouldn’t want her to think that I’m cheating on her- but occasionally, I visit the Gowanus Canal.

It’s no tryst I’ll confess to- I’m a one superfund site kind of guy- but I’ve always enjoyed harmless flirting.

Witness the Loujaine, therefore, one of the Gowanus Canals permanent guests.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Once upon a time, Loujaine was the proud property of “Arabian Bulk Trade” or ABT, and served as a cement and dry cargo ship for the Saudi Arabia based company. That green and white funnel (smokestack) with the running critter in it is their logo.

The ship was built in the Nagoya, Japan of 1966, and lost its certification in 1985.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Reliable sources indicate that the ship was originally rigged as a bulk carrier, and that its original name was Bahma.

Arabian Bulk Trade was formed in 1977, acquired Bahma in the early 1980′s, and converted the ship for cement handling. They renamed it the “Abu Loujaine”.

ABT, incidentally, is part of a larger Saudi company which is called Xenel.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Xenel is an enormous conglomerate which dominates several Saudi markets, and is one of the companies operated by the House of Alireza.

A mercantile clan, the Alireza are somewhat analogous to the Rockefellers, or so I am told. The fellow who runs Xenel is an accomplished businessman and international statesman.

He went to Berkeley.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

It arrived in Brooklyn (I am told) in 1985. Ownership has changed hands a couple of times since the ABT days, but according to the maritime websites it is currently owned by a local cement company of sizable reputation.

My understanding is that the ship was “decommissioned” and serves as a so called “floating discharge terminal”, warehouse, and barge for concrete products.

Now promise me, if the Newtown Creek asks, tell her I was with you- ok?

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