It’s been an interesting hitch so far here on the bayou. After a crew change that was about six hours late we got onboard only to immediately start the process of going off charter from our client. It involved some paperwork, handing over some pieces of equipment, and pumping a couple hundred thousand gallons of fuel off. As soon as we had finished with fuel it was off to the west slip of the ECO dry dock shed. While on charter this boat had never had much down time, and with the new client not in a terrible rush to get us on charter, it was decided to take advantage of the few days of down time we have. Top end rebuilds on both main engines, painting galore, a full rebuild of the anchor windlass/bow winch, and a myriad of other little things.
To remove the anchor windlass we had to pull into the slip bow first, not the normal SOP for a supply boat. So that was cool to see. It also allowed us to finally get some hands in a man lift and get a good coat of paint on the bow and anchors. Shiny is good! The only trouble is having to keep a near 24 hour guard on the man lift, lest another crew get ahold of it for their own purposes.
It’s a shiny new boat on the bow/starboard side
The current crew of cat tech’s we have had onboard have been great to work with as well. Much much better than I have dealt with in the past and the engine room agrees. Working with them to get the proper parts aboard was even at least a little fun for me. It’s no secret that I, like most men, enjoy running pieces of heavy equipment or machinery. So the couple hours I have spent operating our crane wasn’t exactly torture. It was even a good excuse to do some hands on work with a couple deckhands I genuinely like having onboard.
New heads installed
On deck access hatch. Even with a crane it takes a team of people to transfer parts from the dock to the engine room
What some of the crew enjoyed the most was taking the old clients signage off of the stacks. Of course it involved a man lift, metal cutting tools and lots of sparks. What’s not to love? With some more hair and some tighter pants we could have made an 80’s rock video.