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[Specialized] vessels don’t push or tow or transport cargo per se.  They are tools with a variety of applications, as diverse as the tools in a professional mechanic’s chest, in an entire full service garage, in fact.

Ocean Researcher has appeared here before, but not escorted by a tug, as James D. Moran is doing here.  I’m not sure why it was escorted in the other day.

 

She came in after some time crisscrossing the all-but-trackless sea off Atlantic City.

Fugro Enterprise has appeared here before as well.

In this case, she was headed back out to sea,

 

Below is a sample of Fugro Enterprise’ track earlier this week.

And for comparison, Ocean Researcher left the indicated track SE of Atlantic city during the same time period.

Kings Pointer also has appeared here before . . . and she’s a tool with its own purpose . .  training.

Before coming to the USMMA in 2014, this vessel was known as MV Liberty Star, and had a different use . ..  locating and retrieving jettisoned Shuttle external fuel tanks.

Here–above and below– she transits Hell Gate, first westbound and then east.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who never marked Highland Eagle–still in Lake Huron–as a specialized vessel.  Another Great Lakes-dedicated research vessel, with a notable environmental name, was recently put up for sale, as here.  I saw it in Sturgeon Bay over two years ago here.

 

The first photo here comes thanks to Tony A.  Shelia Bordelon has been on this blog before;  I believe she has now left the area, mission accomplished.

Fugro Enterprise has been here before also, that time on a day that the red did not photograph well.  This morning she headed out to sea, mission ongoing, i believe.

Neptune (1977) is a first timer on this blog;  the past few days she’s been docked in Bayonne.  Since 1977, she’s had more names than  . . .   Steve Earle has had spouses!!  If you don’t know Earle, sample this.  I enjoy his music and don’t mean to disparage him, but he’s just been married a lot.

And finally, another from Tony A, Conti (2005) is a platform supply vessel that’s been in the New York Bight for some time now.

Thanks to Tony for sending along these photos.

For more specialized vessels like these featured on this blog, click here.  The exotics category overlaps somewhat here; click here for the exotics appearing on this blog.

 

Fugro . . .  is not a local name.  In fact, it goes back to 1962, when Kees Joustra started a company called “funderingstechniek en grondmechanica,” shortened to the first few letters of each big word . . .  yields FUGRO.   I first thought it was a Fugro vessel I’d seen a few times a year ago here.

The morning light was almost overwhelming . . .

but you get the idea from these photos.

Fugro Enterprise dates from 2007 and appears to be a US build.  She would certainly look more at home in Louisiana than in the KVK, but

with changes happening offshore, we may see more vessels like this.  I’ve not yet gotten a closeup of Ocean Researcher, which has been spending lots of time in the New York Bight, likely mapping the bottom in advance of wind farms. 

And with green lighting of efforts to seek oil and gas reserves using very loud “air guns” off the East coast, who knows what other exotics may be arriving.  Here’s what National Geographic thinks.  As of this posting, Fugro Enterprise is SE of Atlantic City and stopped.   Her profile is similar to Seis Surveyor captured here almost a decade ago, and now sailing under a Peruvian flag.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who is looking for someone with photos of Ocean Researcher to share.

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