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Photographer:Don Sutherland [View profile]Title:NORTH RIVERAdded:Aug 01, 2008
Captured:January 09, 2006IMO:7366324Hits:772
Photo Category: Waste Disposal Vessels
Description:
NORTH RIVER, a New York City "honeyboat," on the KVK Monday, 9 January 2006.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection operates three tankers for the transport of "sludge." I don't think I want to know much more about their cargo -- among polite society on New York Harbor, these three are known collectively (and affectionately, I might add) as the "honeyboats."

NORTH RIVER was built by Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock, 1974, 305-ft. Everyone agrees that whatever else they may have, the DEP's honeyboats have very handsome, classic lines.
Vessel Identification
Name:North River
IMO:7366324
Flag:U.s.a.
MMSI:367074110
Callsign:WYR2549
Technical Data
Vessel type:Waste Disposal Vessel
Gross tonnage:2,617 tons
Summer DWT:3,726 tons

Additional Information
Home port:New York Ny
Build year:1974
AIS Information
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Guest on May 26, 2008 10:05 (10 years ago)
The cargo carried by these ships is not as unpleasant as some people might think (though it is not quite "honey"), It is the sludge that is left after the biodegradation (by the use of bacteria) treatment of sewage. Much of what is left for dumping at-sea is grit that has been washed down the drains from the streets by rain and the main organic content is fat that has been disposed of down the kitchen sink by housewives. This fat is biodegradable but not quickly enough for the sewage treatment system. When dumped at sea, much of it will be finally "recycled" by seabirds, fish and other marine creatures.
Until 1999, when the practise was finally halted by environmental protestors (Greenpeace, etc) London (UK) had a similar fleet of ships. These were locally nicknamed "Bovril Boats" because the cargo had a similar colour to a well-known brand of beef tea!
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