Let me start out by saying I really don’t think I would change my college experience or choices. However there are one or two things that make me wish I had done the 3rd Mate Unlimited program. The heavy lift ships that call on Fourchon being one of them. To me these little ships look like a really cool job. The last deep sea vessels that really sail. Different cargos, different ports of call, and a handy sized little ship to run. They also have seriously cool cranes, and kedge anchors, what’s not to like?
Here are a few shots of the HHL Mississippi being stopped and backed into the Halliburton slip by the tugs Roland Falgout and David Reese
And in she goes
Then here is the Clipper Nassua at Fourchon Heavy Lift. Awesome looking cranes and I wish I had had a wider angle lens on to get some shots while they were working cargo.