As of yesterday Foss’s operation in Boston, formerly known as Constellation Maritime, has ceased operations in Boston and the remaining vessels have been sold to Mcallister of New York. The Leo, Orion, and Volans will be renamed the Bridget, Matthew, and David Mcallister. The Bridget will work temporarily in Portland before moving to Baltimore, the Matthew will work for a sort period in Baltimore before being moved to Norfolk, and the David will be added to the Providence Fleet. The Tucana is in lay up at Boston Towing’s yard until a buyer can be found. (credit Birk Thomas of tugboatinformation.com)
Yesterday after a quick haul at Fairhaven shipyard north for a survey the vessels headed to providence, Volans with the Foss Office barge in tow.
This is one that hits home for me as I did my third Co-Op for school with Constellation, and had the 60 day hitch of a lifetime. There where a lot of good guys there and I hope they all find other work soon. After the sale of several pieces of equipment in the last few years, including the biggest ocean going tug they had (Leslie Foss now Simone of Tradewinds Towing), it was starting to look like writing on the wall. This coupled with the sale of Foss’s Columbia River organization and rumors of equipment sales in other ports leads me to think Foss might be going through some necessary down sizing to lower overhead and remain competitive.
A few photos from my time at Constellation
Posted in General Ramblings
Tagged closing shop, fleet sold, Foss, Foss Boston, Foss tugs sold, Leo, Leslie Foss, Mcallister, Mcallister Providence, Orion, Volans
I’ve posted before on the sheer scale of the facilities and equipment we deal with in the oil industry, and a friend sent me some pictures that once again make you sit back and take in the size of things.
The heavy lift vessel is the Dockwise Vanguard, the largest heavy lift vessel in the world. The first of her kind with the open bow design allowing for even longer cargos such as deepwater spar platforms and FPSO’s to be transported. The platform is the Jack St. Malo platform which will serve the St. Malo field in the Gulf of Mexico. All pictures are courtesey of Robert St. Peter Blaire, a classmate and paddling buddy of mine from MMA. He works for Signet Towing in texas and they performed the escort and docking work as the Vanguard brought the platform into Ingleside texas and the Kiewit Offshore Yard.
Arriving at the pilot station
caution wide load
not a bad office view
Signet Towing making a few bucks
The St. Malo platform center onboard the Vanguard with the Olympus on the left and Big Foot on the right.
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Tagged Big Foot, Big Oil, Dockwise, Dockwise Vanguard, Heavy Lift Ship, Jack. St. Malo, Maine Maritime Alumni, offshore, Oilfield, Olympus, Signet Towing, TLP
It has been a busy week with everything going on for me here at home. I have pushed pretty hard to get some things done on Safari to make her usable for when I am home in june/july. Among the things completed
-She has been moved from Brownells to Plymouth
-New 12 volt DC system installed. This includes running lights, cockpit mood lights, as well as interior lights. Everything but the running lights are LED and those are on the conversion list.
-A coat of tung oil applied to the interior woodwork. I had been planning to paint and go for a herreshoff interior, however in the interest of time that is getting put off until the winter.
-Bilge cleaned out and the the start of the inclosure for the future engine compartment has been started.
She is coming along nicely and in between use next time I am home I have a few things on the work list to pick away at. Like any boat she will be a never ending project with the end goal of having one of the most complete Stonehorses for weekend cruising and day sailing here in New England. Luckily I have had a lot of help from the Therapist and a long time friend from home and MMA.
Some pictures of the progess below:
Almost to her new home
New wiring for running lights and interior lights
New LED dome light
Almost there with the new 12V distribution panel
new battery boxes mounted on a hatch above the ground point, accessible from the cockpit engine hatch
Mounted 12V panel, a little wiring left to clean up.
The finished product with the battery area. Boxes mounted, 1/2/all swich mounted and all wires run.
From above through the cockpit access. Everything works too!
One of my favorite things to do at home is cook simple, flavorfull meals involving seafood. I’m a huge self confessed seafood junkie and this dish is one of me and the therapists favorites.
We haven’t given it a name, though you can call it Swordfish and Scallops in red sauce. It’s something that with a bit of mutli tasking can be made in an hour, easily feeding a group of four. The ingredients are a very simple list.
-One pound to a pound and a half swordfish steak(s)
-Half a pound to three quarters of a pound Sea Scallops
-Two full lemons
-Extra virgin olive oil
-One quart red sauce. We use the therapists mothers special recipe, however our favorite off the shelf is Rao’s. It’s gluten free and delicious, just like Mom’s (well it’s almost as delicios as Mom’s)
-Pasta of your choice, we prefer Schear’s gluten free spaghetti.
Rub the Swordfish and Scallops down with olive oil and add a little to the baking dish. Cut one lemon in four and squeeze into dish over both. Cut the second lemon into thin slices and add over the swordfish and scallops. Cook both in the oven at around 400 degrees, 20-25 minutes, flipping part way through. This is something you need to go by feel on because sometimes we grill it, sometimes we use the oven and both of our ovens differ on cook times. With about 5 minutes left on the seafood put the sauce in a pan and bring it to a low simmer. Cut up the swordfish and add it to the sauce, add the scallops whole. When you do this leave it on low heat and start your pasta. When the pasta is done, serve the seafood and sauce over it and enjoy!
Ready for the oven, the Rum comes later
Lots of lemon is key
The best gluten free spaghetti
Marinating in the sauce while the pasta cooks
Ready to serve
A good drink, a little parmasean, dig in
What a great couple of days at home so far. The stars lined up and I managed to get home for a late dinner with the therapist and we’ve spent the last few days having a blast in the mostly great weather we have been having here in New England. Last night I met two more of her friends when we all went out for dinner at CBS Scene at Patriots Place and then followed up with drinks at Toby Kieths I love this Bar and Grill. We both had a blast and it was great to meet some new people who I had a great time with.
I’ve also gotten to get out with my old friend kayak dave (see the blog roll for his fantastic site) and run our fast electric RC boats. We tore up the pond once again, getting his 32′ Pursuit more and more tuned in, as well as my KBB Cheetah really on step. A couple of the obligatory pictures since we are both self confessed shutter bugs.
Get em’ Morton!
Sometimes you have to get up under em’, get em’ loose, and put em’ into the wall!
The big cat comes out to play
It’s a dogs world, we’re just playing with our boats in it
In addition to all this I also closed on my boat and started work on a few of the onboard projects. Right now the therapist is in the shower getting ready to double as a painter so we can go get a few things done onboard today. More on that with lots of pictures in a post later tonight! All in all its great to be home, as my other half often says “Good Times”
Posted in General Ramblings, Great Boats
Tagged Fast Electrics, Fighter Cat Cheetah, glad to be home, good food, kayak dave, new friends, out on the town, patriots place, puppy dog, pursuit
I mean Chouest Service Slip A. It’s kind of the same right? All kidding aside at 10mm (27mm in full frame equivilant) I couldn’t get all four in frame from about a hunderd feet away, so much awesome