I’m stumblin’ through the Fourchon mud, but my head’s in Massachusetts

The last several weeks have certainly been a huge change for me. Since I started my employment at ECO, I have been immersed in a different industry, culture, and area of operations. Even when I came on watch this evening the ac was still cranking, a far cry from the ice and snow of mass bay! Not only have I had to adjust to this foreign feeling winter climate (well not so foreign when you stand under an ac vent), but also a different way of doing things. No formal security calls in fourchon, just a quick shout on 13 with your name, location, direction of travel, a southern drawl is advised.
I have also had an entire new vocabulary to learn with my introduction to the drilling industry, riser, casing, pipe, mud, bayrite, all the things I now transport. To add to this there is also the mountain of paperwork and check offs to comply with the ever tightening safety and enviromental regulations, it is a challenge but I am certainly enjoying learning a new job.
Regardless like any sailor I have been pining a bit for my home waters, that was until I saw the following picture posted as one of two on Facebook yesterday.

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The tug pictured is the Miss Yvette owned by Cashman Dredging, and the guy on deck is Capt. Matt Bourque, a Maine Maritime Alumni like myself of the SVO program. All I can say is that Christ that looks cold! Consider that a hint towards next weeks picture of the week.

P.S. I was told that’s only about 6 hours worth of icing from salt spray. Photo is courtesy of Capt. Dan Hassett, another MMA SVO Alum.

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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One Response to I’m stumblin’ through the Fourchon mud, but my head’s in Massachusetts

  1. Mum says:

    Sounds great Ben!!!
    Thanks for the photos, they’re Great to see!!!
    Mum

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