The Port of Coeymans shipped a second massive steam generator down New York’s Hudson River Monday, in a reprise of the 2017 operation that moved the largest, heaviest cargo in the history of the river.

The new heat recovery steam generator, or HRSG, like its predecessor is going to a Public Service Electric & Gas power plant project, this one in Bridgeport, Conn.

The 115’ tall, 7 million lb. structure departed by barge around 2 p.m., timed for the tides with an itinerary under the cross-Hudson bridges with enough clearance. After passing under the George Washington Bridge around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the plan is to anchor in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty around 8 p.m., then move with the tide through the East River, under the Brooklyn Bridge around 4 a.m. Wednesday and through Hell Gate to Long Island Sound.

Three Coeymans Marine Towing tugs – the 82’x30’x10’, 3,200-hp Daisy Mae, the 80’x27’x12’, 2,600-hp Mister Jim, and the 62’x24’x8,7’, 1,200-hp Pike – are pushing the HRSG on the 100’x99’9”x20’ Marmac 400 ABS load line deck barge from McDonough Marine, Metairie, La.

It is a similar setup to the August 2017 voyage that carried the first HRSG built at Coeymans to a new PSEG plant on the Arthur Kill in New Jersey. The Connecticut project is a 485-megawatt combined cycle power plant in Bridgeport that will run primarily on natural gas and can also burn ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel as backup, according to PSEG.

In its decade of operations at a former brickyard site south of Albany, N.Y., Coeymans has become a regional base for infrastructure projects in the New York City region. The port affords deep-draft access, acreage for building large components like the NRSG, and nearby interstate highway and rail access.  


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Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.