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It’s Maritime Sunday at Newtown Creek!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

While hanging around Newtown Creek recently, specifically the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant’s Nature Walk, the Kimberly Poling tug was spotted towing a seemingly empty fuel barge. The tug is a regular visitor to the Creek, carrying refined product to the BP Amoco yard in Greenpoint at Norman Avenue and Apollo Street. Also, its always called towing, even if the tug seems to be pushing the barge from behind- don’t know why, it just is.

Note: in an interesting coincidence, this year’s April Fool’s day posting, “outward course,” depicted this same tug and barge from the Queens side of the Newtown Creek. It discusses both the towing company and the vessel herself.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That 9.98 acre BP Amoco yard, (see the great fires of 1919 and 1882) is a distribution center which feeds bulk supplies to delivery trucks which handle end user customers. Kimberly Poling and her barge are equivalent to nearly 40 of these trucks, I am told.

Oil refining ceased at Newtown Creek by the middle of the 1960’s, and today its all about distribution around here. One doesn’t think of New York City as a refinery town, but this is where Mobil was born, when it was called the Standard Oil Company of New York.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The expression “bringing coal to Newcastle” would be apt, were it offered to someone whose frame of reference was Greenpoint in the 1920’s. A hypothetical time traveller would probably be dumbfounded at the notion of bringing oil to Newtown Creek, and sending an empty barge back out into the harbor.

Maritime Sunday shout outs to the crew of Kimberly Poling, which is a nice looking boat, abound.

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Kimberly Poling was observed recently, as it headed west along the infamous Newtown Creek, and has sailed directly into Maritime Sunday at this- your Newtown Pentacle. The tug is owned by Poling and Cutler, and we recently examined one of their other tugs on this self same stretch of the Creek- the Crystal Cutler.

The name of the game in the shipping industry is to never transport an empty container. As such- after disgorging the petroleum cargo carried by its fuel barge to Newtown Creek, the Kimberly Poling took on another load for transport.


Marcon International, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of the US Flag Twin Screw Tug “Jaguar” from Mobro Marine, Inc. to P&C Kimberly Poling, LLC. “Jaguar” was built by Main Iron Works in 1994. She measures 105′ LOA x 34′ beam x 15′ depth. The vessel is powered by two EMD 12-645E2 main engines, producing 3000 total BHP at 900 RPM. Reintjes gears drive two 93″ x 91″ fixed pitch propellers in kort nozzles producing an estimated 40 tons bollard pull. The vessel is fitted with fully air-conditioned accommodations for 7 crew in 4 cabins. “Jaguar” will work for her new owners in the US Northeast. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Within the double walled steel tanks of the fuel barge, which is the Edwin A Poling by the way, can be found several thousand gallons of Diet Coca Cola, no doubt pumped in from the Coca Cola bottling plant on 58th street in Maspeth.

Carbonated beverages can be quite volatile when subjected to the rolling waves of the open harbor and as such precautions must be observed. The Captain of the Kimberly Poling must personally ensure that there are no “Mentos” brand mints onboard, for instance.


Founded in 1995, Poling Cutler began operations near the time the former Poling Transportation went out of business.

The Founders of the new company were Ed Poling, whose grandfather started the former Poling company, and Gary Cutler who spent years working in the financial world before getting involved in Marine Transportation.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The “Dr. Pepper drama”, which played out over three days off the coast of Nassau Island during the winter of 1997- known as the “Bahamian Belch”- is still quite fresh in the mind of the maritime community. Accordingly, Coast Guard penalties for the improper transportation of and off loading of all soft drinks are quite severe.

The barge is most likely bound for Staten Island, which has been experiencing extreme shortages of the stuff since the spring of 2010.


Newtown Creek was designated a Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (SMIA) in the NYC Department of City Planning ‘s 1992 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan for its characteristic clusters of industrial businesses and water-dependent uses. In the 2010 update of this plan, Vision 2020, Newtown Creek maintains its place as New York City’s largest SMIA in terms of both land area and employment. After losing half its jobs from 1992 to 2008, the number of jobs in Newtown Creek SMIA grew by nearly 1,400 (totaling 15,000 jobs) from 2000 to 2008.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The carbonation of the cargo is causative rather than coincidental as to why the barge is riding so high in the water, as the frothy action of the pressurized bubbles in the beverage buoy it up. The Maritime Shipping Association sees this sector of the business expanding exponentially and demand for the diet drink doubling within the decade.

It is good to know, on this the 1st of April, that the thirst of Staten Islanders will be satiated.

from wikipedia

Diet Coke (also known as Diet Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola light or Coke Light) is a sugar-free soft drink produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company. It was first introduced in the United States on August 9, 1982, as the first new brand since 1886 to use the Coca-Cola trademark. The product quickly overtook the soft drink Tab in sales.

Diet Coke was sweetened with aspartame after the sweetener became available in the United States in 1983; to save money, this was originally in a blend with saccharin. After Diet Rite cola advertised its 100 percent use of aspartame, and the manufacturer of NutraSweet (then, G.D. Searle & Company) warned that the NutraSweet trademark would not be made available to a blend of sweeteners, Coca-Cola switched the formula to 100 percent NutraSweet. Diet Coke from fountain dispensers still contains some saccharin to extend shelf life.

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