March 12, 2021
Ferry Facts: Shipyard Snow
Spring RetrospectiveWith the last two days of mild temperatures in South Jersey, the last thing any of us want to think about is snow. But, snow and working through and around the snow was a big part of the M/V New Jersey's story this past February. As part of our continuing series of Shipyard Chronicles -- here are some of the unexpected snow scenes from the past month -- just one of the compelling stories of the February renovations.
The engineering crew knew they were headed north for the winter, but no one anticipated the blizzard snowfalls experienced in the New York area in early February. By the end of the first week of February, New York City including the borough of Staten Island where the shipyard is located, had received nearly 20 inches, making it the snowiest February there in the past five years!
At first, just getting to the shipyard was an issue, as well as then cutting a path on to the boat. Once on board, snow had to be removed from each deck to allow the work crews access to the bulkheads. The work, normally hazardous in and of itself, became more so as decks had to be salted to secure footing for crews that were replacing deck steel and wiring, working on ladders, and working in lifted positions to gain access to hard-to-reach places.
Here are some additional photos of the challenging work in unanticipated snow conditions!
One week later, the crews were still working in the snow, with complete snow melting not occurring until close to Valentine's Day.
Again, special thanks to Assistant Port Engineer Michael Lynch for all the great photos. As if shipyard work during COVID wasn't enough of challenge itself, Mother Nature threw her extra wrath at the project to truly test our engineering team. They not only met the challenge, but can report the project continues to be on schedule! When this summer comes, no one will likely be happier or more appreciative of the sun hitting the decks of the MV/NJ in her home waters than Mr. Lynch!