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I’m back in the boro;  the twenty teens and twenties here have brought in these exotic vessels involved in wind farm work.  Fugro Brasilis has been here before;  I caught her just over a year ago at the Narrows.

I’m wondering about that boot stripe;  did she leave much heavier than her return?  If you compare her waterline today with that back in July 2020, they look different.  She also appears stern high in the photo above. 

Note the “appendage” stern quarter port side, above and below.  Is this a probe of some sort?



Here’s a closer look.


In spite of names to the contrary, I believe was was built in Thailand, if I read this right and unless Oakwell has branches elsewhere in the world.


All photos today, WVD, who’s feeling a bit taciturn.

I counted a dozen wind farm and other offshore construction project-related vessels in a triangle defined by NYC, Nantucket, and Atlantic City.  These are vessels of a sort not previously seen here, or rarely seen here.   Two of them came in through the Narrows yesterday just in front of the 2020 tropical storm Fay.  The name “Fay” was also used for a deadlier storm in 2008.

The first was  Royal, a DP2 platform supply vessel.  She’s a Jones Act workboat, 2004-launched in Mobile AL by Bender Shipbuilding.

The 252′ x 54′ vessel has accommodations for 22 crew.

I don’t know what she’s been doing in the several months she’s been in the triangle, but prior to coming in yesterday, she’d remained in an area outside the Ambrose seabuoy for the better part of a week.


She’s part of the huge Tidewater fleet, which includes Highland Eagle as well, which is also in the triangle now.

Following Royal was Fugro Brasilis, non-Jones Act.

She’s 219′ x 46′ and has accommodations for 42.

She’s been off Atlantic City for over a month, but this is my first time to see her in the sixth boro.

Fugro is a Dutch multinational, operating in 61 countries.  I’ve mentioned before here that “fugro” is an acronym for “Funderingstechniek en Grondmechanica, Dutch, translated to “Engineering Company for Foundation Technology and Soil Mechanics,”  which would make a much less-pronounceable acronym.

Note the rain here?

I mentioned above that over a dozen vessels of this sort are in the triangle.  I’d love to see them all at some point, but most intriguing three for me are Deep Helder*, GoLiberty, and Aqueos Splash.

* “helder” is Dutch for “bright.”

All photos, WVD.

The other vessels in the triangle are Kommandor Susan, Kommandor Iona, Horizon Geology, Fugro Explorer, Fugro Searcher, Commander, Ocean Observer, Ocean Endeavour (now in Elizabethport).  If anyone has taken photos of any of these vessels recently in the triangle, I’d love to see them.


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