I have a question for you. I suppose a deck officer or an engine guy could answer this question - maybe even an unlicensed mariner? Anyway, I had a vacation day off from work yesterday. (I currently work in a call center for a financial services company. My job is boring and mundane. I went to a maritime acad and sailed as a 3rd Mate for 2 yrs. Slowly, but steadily , I went from making good money to slipping into the monotonous grind of working in a cubicle.) There are pros and cons to my job though - like anything else - 9 to 5 work schedule, weekends off and I work with a lot of nice-looking women, too. So, sometimes I feel like a fish out of water, so to speak.
Anyway, I was up in Portland, Maine yesterday taking a walk. It was a beautiful day. I noticed one of the Irving tankers (the Noreaster) outbound (assisted by two McAllister tugs). When I was observing the tanker, I noticed that there was a big white box-like unit that was on the stern - aft of the stack. It looked like it was part of the ship’s exhaust system as I noticed exhaust coming out of it. Or, maybe it was part of the inert gas system? I don’t remember these “units” always being on these ships.
Just thought it was interesting. Seemed to detract from the look of the ship though. Kinda like after market rims on a nice-looking BMW.
Anybody know what this “unit” is on the stern?
P.S. I observed the Noreaster outbound. I think the New England has the same type of unit on their ship as well.