Another day, another dollar

Another day here in the oil patch. We came in from a quick trip offshore yesterday afternoon and are currently just waiting on orders to head offshore. A good thing for me as I don’t get days towards my DP certification sitting at the dock. Up until this hitch I had in fact been averaging roughly 15-17 days on DP per hitch. So far I am almost two weeks in and have only two, equating to having spent as much time at the dock as most 28 day hitches.
Regardless of being offshore or at the dock, the day rate I am paid stays the same and there is always something to do. Whether it is just busy work or productive is an discussion for another time and place.
I’ve also been working with a new captain this hitch. A fellow Maine Maritime Alum (albeit from before I was born) he is also fairly new to the oil industry, though he has more than been there and done that on many large tug and barge units. It’s been fun for a change to discuss new england with a new englander, and not have to struggle to find common experiences to relate on. He is also yet another guy down here I can learn a lot from and in that I have been lucky in my career.
We turned the watch over at the hole in the wall yesterday, and it afforded me the opportunity to get out on the bridge wings for a while. The weather has turned towards the cajun spring and while we will still have some cold fronts to contend with, yesterday was beautiful. Sunny, Warm, with a fresh breeze and all manner of marine life around as we approached the jetties. Naturally I had the camera out for the stereo typical pelican and seabird pictures.

“feathered friends”


“headed for the horizon”


“on the hunt”


I’ve also started building a catoloug of stock vessel photo’s for the coming possibility of a marine photography buisness. Stay tuned over the next several months for details, and if you work in the oil patch, this could mean a high quality photo of your vessel for print is just a mouse click away.

Emily Ann at the hole in the wall


HOS Ridgewind not far behind


Fast Dutra just north of the jetties headed for sea


HOS Cornerstone outbound at the anchorage


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 Another day, another dollar

  1. Crewboat Captain says:

    There are some New Englanders on that Emily Ann … well, at least northeasterners. Nice guys. Great pics, as always!

  2. tugster says:

    i love the pelican shots!

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