After five weeks at home it is less of a challenge getting back into the routine then I thought it would be. Wake up, paperwork, drive the boat, bullshit with the crew, drive the boat, paperwork, drive the boat, paperwork, eat, shower, sleep, repeat. Well maybe with a bit less boat driving as we are currently off charter. I am the officer in charge of my watch though, which is nice. I had feared during the switch I would end up playing second fiddle for a while again, however with this boat being crewed up from scratch after being overseas I was fortunate enough to slide in a chief mate spot as the dust settled.
The big change for me, aside from the paperwork, these nice uniform shirts with our names on them, and the paint we order, is the boat itself. I went from a DP-2 240ft mud boat with three z-drives and a tunnel thruster, to a DP-1 super 200 that is conventional wheels, rudders and a single tunnel. I haven’t need a needle gun to get the rust off, though I may have used the buffing wheel once or twice. It has been a lot of fun though, and I am more than happy to get the time to hone another part of my skill set to a bit finer edge. What hasn’t changed too much is the DP system, another Kongsberg. So not much to learn there, just the idiosyncrasies of DPing on this particular boat. She holds position quite well, however being DP-1 there is a window she can operate in and certain things she just will not do. Even if you buy her dinner first.
In and around fourchon she is a pretty fun boat to run, smaller by todays standards and with large fast rudders and a large bow thruster. The forward station layout is just about the best I have gotten to work with thus far, its a great work place to eat up the miles from. I have already started working on compiling some go pro footage for another time-lapse video, look out for that some time late this summer or early fall.
So in short things are good here. The transition to Hornbeck has had its challenges, and I am sure as with any boat company there will be more. The paperwork system is very different from ECO, so its a big change. As I learn the ins and outs of it I am liking how things work more and more. At any top tier company you are going to have a forest worth of paperwork, and an atom bombs worth of electrons used every day on countless items. Here it seems at least things are fairly cut and dry, with a fairly sensible organizational system.
That being said………23 days till crew change haha!
Here are a couple shots from the last few days, because lets be honest, I know what you people are here for anyway!
These last few are a preview of what is in store for the upcoming Go Pro video.