Sharpen their pencil? How would a capable profit seeking my tug company compete with a cost avoiding mudboat company bidding on work it is not equipped or qualified to do, that just wants to avoid the cost of cold stacking an obsolete boat.
It's bad enough that the Gulf mudboat business has collapsed, now they are collapsing the Pacific tugboat business too.
A good question has been raised about the DIno no longer operating as an OSV, which triggers the requirement for officers with unlimited licenses and oceans towing endorsements. Hopefully, the USCGs phones are already ringing with tip offs.
We saw what happened the last time this same mudboat company tried its inexperienced hand at towing in Alaska: it was Kulluk on the rocks, and an unfortunate end to Arctic drilling.
Now, with virtually no ocean towing experience they are trying a winter tow around Cape Horn. We'll see if they get lucky this time, or if a very predictable disaster happens again.
Does a June 1st ETA sound way too optimistic to anyone else?