Monday, June 7, 2010
This is a photo of our barge loading black oil at a platform in Long Island Sound, N.Y. 135,000 barrels of the yucky stuff to be exact, that we are going to take to San Juan, Puerto Rico tomorrow.
We should arrive in about 10 days.
A couple questions leap to my mind.
Isn't there a location closer to San Juan where the customer can purchase this same oil?
There are refineries dotted throughout the Caribbean, not to mention the Gulf of Mexico.
I think Venezuela might be closer. ( I don't have a map handy.)
Anyway, New York just seems like it's quite far away to be buying a barge load of oil.
Oil is everywhere. ( I know, I've seen the news.)
St Croix is home to the largest oil refinery in the Northern hemisphere, and is a mere 12 hours by tug and barge away, but this San Juan customer had to go to New York to buy this stuff?
I live an hour drive from Philadelphia. If I need shoes, I don't go to Philly to shop, I go to the local Payless 15 minutes away. I don't get it.
After 37 years in this business, I still don't understand it.
The other thing that frequently pops into my head is this.
Why is this legal?
That barge pictured above, named the 13501, (I guess because our company couldn't be bothered to think of a name for her) has no power, no means of steering, no nothing.
2 bargemen will ride it for the next 10 days or so as we pull it behind us on a cable from our tug that is 2000 feet long. I hope they get along.
Seriously, isn't that weird?
Yes, the bargemen have everything they need, beds, galleys, food, water etc, everything except a means to control it.
Anyway, we go tomorrow. I'll post some photos if internet is available, but after a few days we'll be too far from land to do that.
I'll post more of the trip as soon as possible.