And the show goes on

I’m past the halfway point in this hitch and the routine that is life on the boat continues to march on. Half of the crew changed out on Wednesday and we had the boat fired up as they came aboard and immediately departed for the CR Luigs with an empty deck. A couple hours of back loading chemical/petroleum product tanks and some random assorted baskets and we were on our way back to fourchon. That would be it though as a few hours later we diverted to DD1 to pump fuel and take some more backload. That was for the other watch though, I came back on watch at midnight just in time to finish the last few lifts and wait for paperwork.
When I talk to most people about what I do they inevitably say it sounds “exciting” and “like quite the adventure”. Personally I think the most adventurous part of my job is the quick ride back to the office in a crew change van full of rowdy guys who haven’t seen the misses in a month! It isn’t all monotony though, I do have an office with a hell of a view. The sunrises this time of year, shining through the squall lines roaming the horizon, can be pretty spectacular. Speaking of squall lines yesterday we had to pull em back to make passing agreements with a pretty solid water spout. I tried to get a decent picture of it but I was relegated to running and getting my phone as my camera batteries were dead!
I also snapped some pictures of several supply vessels and the HOS Iron Horse by a platform out at the edge of the shelf. I think it is a spar, however it didn’t have an AIS on which would be a dead giveaway that it was a floating platform.

Waterspout

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Platform and various vessels

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Platform and HOS Iron Horse up close

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Helicopter landing on the platform

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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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2 Responses to And the show goes on

  1. Dave says:

    That shot of the waterspout is excellent. What sort of risk would your vessel run if say you ran into it at night and couldn’t see it?

    Dave

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