New becomes old

It is surprising in life how fast something that is new, a car, a camera, a pair of boots, quickly become just another dismissible item pushed into the background of our consciousness. Especially when this thing is at first unique, and before you know it every high school girl in sight is wearing a black north face fleece. The same can be said for people, girlfriends, new co-workers. It seems like before you know it you are brushing your teeth with your significant other on the toilet and know what your engineer’s kids birthdays are. How about the details and routines of a new job? It isn’t long before a new electronic log system, and what files you have to submit and when become old hat. The controls of a new boat go from new and concentration requiring, to the kind of in the dark muscle memory that allows you to hit the light switches in your house in the middle of the night.
However what am I really talking about? In this case it is boats, big surprise! I often post photos of new boats in Fourchon and in the past months it was exciting seeing the first and second in class of a lot of the new 300 foot and larger OSV’s start to show up in Fourchon. This hitch? All of a sudden the “big boats” are a dime a dozen and they have already lost what ever magic they had. Now, they are just dock and channel space hogs! It is very very clear that Fourchon was not designed with work boats this big in mind and they definitely can’t get slip C finished fast enough.

Big boats for everybody!

Big boats for everybody!

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

Grand Isle

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Captain & HOS Black Foot

HOS Commander

HOS Commander

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Miss Marilene Tide

Harvey Hawk

Harvey Hawk

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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3 Responses to New becomes old

  1. zolljl says:

    Any of these running with Rolls-Royce GT’s?

  2. JayNola says:

    Gas turbines? No. The mud boat fleet motto may be “the customer pays for the fuel” but nothing that I know of in the GOM runs turbines. Old timer I met a while back talked about crew boats built in the 70s that did but they didn’t take. I believe most of the new ECO boats are diesel electric and I know the all the STX hulls out of Eastern are.

  3. Jay is correct. Most of the new large OSV’s are diesel electric with a few exceptions (HOS MAX 320’s). There is no need for the HP from turbines and to be honest I think they would be a maintenance nightmare.

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