A couple more calendars!

As promised here are two more calendars featuring the photography you see so often on here. One is a collection of tugboat photos from the Cape Cod Canal, and the other is the vessels of Edison Chouest Offshore as requested by some former co-workers. As before hit the tab at the top of the page and then the buy it now button. Just remember to write what calendar you want in the comments sections. Thank you so much to everyone who have ordered calendars thus far!

The vessels of Edison Chouest Offshore!

The vessels of Edison Chouest Offshore!

Tugboats at the Cape Cod Canal

Tugboats at the Cape Cod Canal

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New boats on the Bayou

There has been a mess of new boats to show up in Fourchon the last few months. Several yards pumped out new boats all within a few weeks of each other. I’m missing photos of quite a few, HOS Crockett and HOS Bayou just to name two.Here are a few I managed to capture.

Edit: Soon after posting this I got a photo of both the Crockett and the Bayou!

HOS Crockett

HOS Crockett

HOS Bayou. I was told this was originally ordered as a PSV and converted to an MPSV later in the build process.

HOS Bayou. I was told this was originally ordered as a PSV and converted to an MPSV later in the build process.

Agnes Candies

Agnes Candies

Agnes Candies

Agnes Candies

Horn Island

Horn Island

Fast Cheetah

Fast Cheetah

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Back on the Bluewater Grind

I realized today that I hadn’t posted anything since november 12th, well shame on me I guess. It’s been a busy two weeks back at work and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. Some things have changed though, new boat for one, as I am between permanent assignments. They needed a fourth man for their contract on this rotation so here I am! My schedule is all screwed up right now, and that sucks a lot. Not a lot I can do about it but try to get some idea of what the plan is. While the not knowing my schedule is a big stressor for me, admittedly it is even worse for the Therapist Fiancé at home. Having at least rough dates to look forward to allows for some regularity and less of a roller coaster effect on the emotions of both a mariner and his or her spouse. Though it is generally easier for the mariner to get lost in their work to a certain extent. In my case this hitch I have the small consolation prize of getting to learn a new boat, a different DP system, and work opposite watch of a friend from school. The stress is still there but it gives me something to take the edge off. I’m not the one at home just having to wait, and not get answers. That’s the hard part.
So learning a new boat is a good distraction from the negative aspects. I haven’t gotten a ton of time on a tunnel thruster and CPP propulsion boat thus far in my career. They are living up to their reputation though, pretty easy to drive! She also DP’s pretty well, and has great visibility from both conning stations. The L3 DP system is definitely a departure from the Kongsberg and MT systems I have used, though I got the hang of it pretty quick. There isn’t the functionality or bells and whistles of either of the other systems, but perhaps that’s just me being spoiled. One new piece of DP kit for me is the RadaScan unit. These are a relative reference system (relative meaning your position relative to the installation you are working with), that are radar based and use a small transponder that you place on the rig. You can lock on from much farther out that conventional laser based systems, and they operate in weather a laser would never work in.
We’ve also been fairly busy working for rig out in Mississippi Canyon, an easy hour run. I’ve charged along with DP days am closing in on having all the time I need for my DPO certificate. So another 10 or so days and I will be able to endure a wonderful several month wait while the Nautical Institute process my Log and sea letters before I get my cert back. Its been a three-year grind getting it, however it feels good to have the DPO cert within reach. To be honest having it take this long hasn’t been the worst thing in the world either. I have gotten to know several DP systems, a multitude of reference sensor issues, different propulsion systems, and work with a variety of Platforms, semi submersibles, and drill ships. At the end of the day you can’t really shortcut experience, and having the several years behind a DP console have really worked to get me to a point where I can easily bounce from boat to boat and system to system. Your principles are the same, it’s just learning new interfaces and how to find the same trouble shooting information in the event of an issue.

Anyway as always here are a few pictures from the last few weeks. Since most of you will skip to the bottom for these anyway!

A few crew boats near Hole in the Wall

Candy Factory after a little photo shop

Candy Factory after a little photo shop

Mr. Seaman

Mr. Seaman

Fast Goliath

Fast Goliath

Some OSV’s outbound at Belle Pass

HOS Shooting Star

HOS Shooting Star

Peyton Candies

Peyton Candies

Sunrise at the Noble Amos Runner

Beats a corner office

Beats a corner office

Odyssea Count & Joshua Chouest standing by or working
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It’s Calendar Time!

Well I have been meaning to do it for a while and I finally have! I’ve got two calendars ready to go and a third in the works. The first is a collection of my favorite pictures of HOS workboats, and the second is a collection of some of my favorite workboat pictures from Port Fourchon and the Gulf of Mexico! They can be ordered at the above page on my site! Just remember during check out to make a note about which calendar you would like!

The Vessels of Hornbeck Offshore!

The Vessels of Hornbeck Offshore!

G.O.M. Workboat Images!

G.O.M. Workboat Images!

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It’s that time of year again

Well I came home to second half of fall and despite todays temperature being in the 60’s fall is most certainly on its way out. It won’t be long until Old Man Winter shows up to kick New England’s collective ass. Of course he already fired an opening blow on Maine with snow, ice and power outages galore. Things weren’t so bad here on Cape Cod at Fiddlers Green, some branches, lots of leaves and one dead tree on the ground. No damage or loss of power though. We tragically did have to finally turn the heat on though, though only to 60, so I haven’t cried too too much.
The symbolic turning on of the heat for the year is actually what this post is about, and how it relates to the maritime world more than you know, especially here in the Northeast! For many of the tug and towing companies in america, their bread in butter is the transport of petroleum products. For the Northeastern United States during the fall and winter that means more tugs making more round trips carrying that heavy black oil we seem to love burning to heat our homes and create electricity. For me these means, aside from the wallet cringing when heat goes on, more tugboats to take photos of and more often!

The other day I caught the Lucy Reinauer east bound at the east end with a loaded barge, Boston Towboat’s Justice escorting. As luck would have it I knew the Master onboard, and as always it was fun to give a friend a wave!

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Today I was waiting for a few boats and only caught a pair. Dann Marine Towing’s Atlantic Coast with McAllister’s Buckley McAllister assisting them into Sandwich NRG. The second load of fuel oil for the power plant in as many weeks. Another sure sign that winter is coming and the thermostats are going up. Besides if you watch AIS at all you’ve have noticed the constant stream of tugs in and out of Boston, Portland, and points north.

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So for the next two weeks I’ll keep shooting media as the oil pushing boats come and go, the Therapist Fiancé and I will also keep the Thermostat up a few notches and do our part in the process.

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Photo of the week 11-4-14

In this week from a co-worker, OICNW Nate Lammers. This photo was taken from warmer times this summer onboard the 1949 Burger Yachts 47′ Ketch Mary Grace on Lake Michigan. Great Shot!

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The Power of Social Media

Whenever you hear that phrase it is generally with some kind of negative connotation. Whether it is about kids posting photos of themselves being degenerates, or bullying on Facebook. I for one however am a big proponent of the good power of social media. Aside from the exchange of ideas and information, there is also the ability to connect with like-minded people you never would have met.
Over the last few years I have met up with a few of these like-minded people. Tugboat guys, supply boat guys, and sailors of all types. Not long ago I got to tie up alongside the man behind crew boat chronicles, someone who I count as a good friend and regular confidant. More recently I got to meet up with a new friend from the tugboatinformation.com facebook group. A little background if you don’t know, tugboat information is the go to source of information about tugs and towing companies in the United States. The associated facebook group is also the biggest collection of tugboat nerds and professionals you will ever meet. Back on point another photo bug member of the group from the west coast came out east for a fall road trip. He and his wife have been making the fall rounds, being leaf peepas, and getting their fill of New England’s famous seafood.
I had mentioned on the group that we should try and cross paths and luckily enough that is exactly what happened. We met up to take some photos of a veritable tug parade at the east end of the canal, and then again the following night for dinner. The therapist fiancé and myself had a great time and I can’t thank our new friends enough for such wonderful conversation, laughter, and dinner! So I hope they enjoy the rest of their road trip and we get to cross paths again!

Ocean Tower

Ocean Tower

Another meeting situation!

Another meeting situation!

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Ellen Bouchard, Buckley McAllister & Craig Eric Reinauer

Ellen Bouchard, Buckley McAllister & Craig Eric Reinauer

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