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.
“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