ship and be happy

Calling all available vessels! calling all shippers and consignees!

The NYHarbor Shipping Cooperative is working with many good people: come aboard!

What do we have?


and barges:

sloops and schooners*

*(note: the appearance of a particular vessel here does not indicate its membership or affiliation with the ShipCo-op, nor readiness to begin carrying cargo.)

ferries and water taxis

dories, workboats, kayaks, dinghies

Why ship?

We are surrounded by water. Watertransport of cargo is the most efficient method of tranport, above rail and most definitely above trucking. (Studies & illustrations to come.)

Manhattan is in red, amid the waters that have always nourished it.

To the north runs the Hudson, up the incredible locks of the New York State and Champlain canals. Access to the Finger Lakes is through the NYState Canal system.

Westward are the indomitable salt marshes, the silting arteries of the Passaic and Hackensack, the very busy Kill van Kull and Arthur Kill, the Raritan river which once connected us to Delaware via a canal now long gone.

The East river mingles with the Bronx River, and flows out into the mighty Long Island Sound and beyond. Or, runs inland as the Newtown Creek and the Gowanus. Out the Narrows, the waters flow through Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook…and out to sea.

Short Sea Shipping, Harbor Shipping, Blue Highway, Marine Highway…however you say it, please bring it here!

Currently, our freight comes in as containerized cargo to New Jersey (Port Elizabeth, Port Newark, Jersey City-Bayonne), Staten Island (Howland Hook), and Brooklyn (Red Hook).  Everything is then mostly trucked around, with only some things moving off by rail.

Short Sea Shipping is the use of smaller vessels to bring goods from the central container terminals to various little ports around our city to get it all off the streets, and to you, via the water.

Your computer. Your clothing. Your chair. Your shoes. Your cup. The beverage in your cup (unless it’s good ol’ NYC tap–the best!). The dinner you will have tonight (unless you grew it yourself on your fire escape or illegally shot it in the park):  all these things we consume do not truly reflect what it cost to bring to you if we were to factor in the work and maintenance on roads, bridges, tunnels alone. (Not even going onto the topic of stress on the Mothership, yet.)

We are behind. Roughly 40% of freight in Europe moves by short sea shipping. And in Hongkong: mid-stream operation.

Notice, above, how many piers there were in 1933? A bit of history here on how we lost it.

Here is what it might look like. As long as I am allowing my imagination to run amok and it is all theoretical, I shall be generous:

the newtown creek floating market & pick up point

oh, and while i’m fantasizing:

See also: America’s Marine Highways and Deep Water Writing

More information to come. Please check back soon! Thank you!

source: Texas Transportation Instituteship

ship and be happy

4 thoughts on “ship and be happy

  1. woohooo! quite the fleet you’re accumulating. don’t forget the 10′ sailing dinghy traveling south into the FDWCDR (that’s “foodway corridor”) from albany this summer. i like the new yellow vessel . . . looks like a floating deli counter/display freezer.

  2. […] fotos in the past 48 hours by Will Van Dorp, who is convinced that millions of dollars will go to whomever figures out how to move food and retail goods through the sixth boro to the consumer as efficiently as all our fuels already are.  All fotos were taken from Arthur […]

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