Well as I write this I am sitting in the lounge of the Harvey Clipper while they load out and take on fuel. For me it is a half day pay for standing by doing nothing, for the guys on the boat offshore though, well it is another thing entirely. The worst part of the job really is a crew change that gets messed up, also known as a screw change. I bet you the reader can figure that one out!
My limo service for this crew change
I had a great time at home though, and I already miss the therapist fiancé more than a little bit. We had a lot of fun together and got some big things done. The big item on our list was setting a date and venue for the wedding! We have our date for the summer of 2015 set and the venue reserved. No surprise to those of you that know me, it will be the Plymouth Yacht Club. It is smaller, right on the water and just a great spot. Our first date was in Plymouth, and I have actually always liked the idea of getting married there. Needless to say we are super excited and also just about got our guest list finished.
The PYC as seen from the harbor
I have also spent some time the last two days doing a lot of updates to the photo sales website. Adding media, and some re-organizing of the galleries. It looks great and if you are remotely interested in a print you should check it out. 8×10 prints are around 12 bucks plus shipping! http://www.newenglandwatermanphoto.smugmug.com
Well it has been a busy trip home thus far. Lots of errands, the usual squeezing in a month of the fix it list while home. It has however been a lot of fun. Silly frozen drinks with the therapist fiancé every night, playing with the puppy dog, and seeing good friends. I have also managed to squeeze in some time to start tinkering with the next addition to my RC race boat fleet. It is a 31 inch Aeromarine Challenger hull, that I bought with hardware a couple months back. Yesterday I got a layer of carbon put in, and it will get one more cosmetic layer soon. Hopefully before I go back to work I can also get the stern hardware hung. It will be a long build process due to work and budget constraints, but I am looking forward to picking away at it.
carbon layed in with peel ply over it
Carbon for stern
Pre lay up
The still very shiny HOS Commander inbound for Fourchon. A nice day for a boat ride!
I haven’t done one of these in a while and there is a lot going on vessel wise in the gulf.
Just inbound this evening was another HOSMAX 320 from VT Halter, the HOS Carolina
Also recently announced was a vessel purchase from Bollinger Shipyards sister Company Bee Mar. The vessels included are four 300ft class and three 270ft class PSVs. The buyer is non other than Edison Chouest Offshore.
Photo courtesy of Marine Log
One of the vessels in november
It isn’t all new builds though. Many vessels are getting modifications to make them suited for a new contract or task. The Sisauq owned by HGIM, is getting a heli pad installed, as well as some back deck platforms with an as of yet unknown purpose. The HOS Achiever recently underwent a significant make over that included finally being painted in HOS livery, and the modifications to make her into a Flotel. Connor Bordelon the new flagship of Bordelon Marine, appears to have had fraq equipment put on her back deck now for Baker Hughes.
Sisuaq with her new helipad
Photo by Ship Spotting.
HOS Achiever at HOS port, taken about 20 minutes ago
So your boss yelled at you, the copier ate your report, etc etc. Just remember you could have been minding your own business, escorting or docking/undocking a ship when your line parts and comes back at you like the tail of one seriously pissed off dragon. Something for any deckhand to remember while working around any of these new generation synthetic lines that are designed to not store energy and snap back. Evidently occasionally they do! In my limited time on tractor tugs, I’ve never seen a big line on a ship handling winch fail, though I have seen some three strand and braided synthetic dock lines and lines up to a barge fail. After seeing it happen once it really reinforced for me to stand back from the bitt as you handle lines under tension, and be very very aware of where you are standing.
And so the sun sets on the Great Southern Ice Storm of 2014!
No seriously though, it snowed in southern Louisiana. It was like watching early man learn to use tools. Us Yankees might play substandard college football, but at least we can drive to the game in the snow!
There sure are a lot of them out here.
Ram Challenger in a yellow halo surrounded by a blue sea at Holstein
An unlit flare boom with a background of flaming clouds, Holstein Spar