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.

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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1 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!!!

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