Whew!! Back home last night at 2300. I've been working the 0000-1200 watch since the 10th? I don't know about the OSV's but on Tugs you work your ass off. The Michigan Service is mated with the Energy 6507 (fuel barge) SO actually you work on two boats. Luckly the barge has a bow thruster so it makes it somewhat easier. The Captian and the Mate are experts at putting it alongside the pier, with help from us on deck calling ranges and angles. I personally called it in on the radio twice. My ranging sucks but I'll get better. I've learned to use the tension winch and other dangerous deck equiptment that can suck you in and eat you. I've been told winter adds more danger, frozen lines,snow,ice.
The crew on deck were very,very paitent with "the new guy" keeping me from killing myself or anyone else. Working on deck is like working in a minefield, there are so many dangerous ops that are just part of a normal day.
"Accomadations" are cramped,noisy but liveable. I had a top rack, somedays it was a struggle to get in after a tough shift.(no ladder) Food is WONDERFUL! I swear there is everything in the pantry. Luckly for the crew you don't "have to cook". They average one "cooked" meal a day and leftovers or whatever you can rustle up. The Cheif eng likes to cook and he's good at it. The Captain treated us to Chinesse take-out after we pulled in to 21st street and secured.
We traveled up and down the Hudson river. Picking up and dropping off rbob(regular) and pbob(preimium) also Ethanol (that shit stinks)
The work is hard and dangourous but makes ya feel really good when it's done.
It took awhile to "click" with the crew being "green" dosen't help. After the first week they knew I was sencire about learning and stuff got better.
My job duties include - CLEANING.....everything. Painting alot. Line handling, line checking, checking the engines and genset. Starting/stopping the engines,genset and deck winch engine. Bridgewatch while underway. Tieing up the barge/tug, helping make and break pushgear. (kelvar lines are awsome) We did not use the wire/tow. Splicing lines(i need more practice) and knots.
Any "spare time" I had I spent pulling muscles throwing 2 inch line 10 feet onto the h bar. and flipping them free. (it's waaayyyy harder than you might think)
Well that's a start, I'll put more up later.
Thanks for all the msg's and kind words.
Enjoying my 21 day vacation!!!!
** EDIT as far as the tug being "OLD" she's been rebuilt from the keel up. Brand new gensets,pumps,engines just rebuilt, new decking inside, high end electroincs,upper wheelhouse, clean as a pin and fresh paint.(by me!) I think she was built in 81? but you would never know it.