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It’s a new year, and with today’s and tomorrow’s post, I’m retiring the label “exotic” as I’ve used it to describe vessels related to offshore wind development efforts.  Consider the photo below:  three such vessels appear, l to r:  Fugro Enterprise, Miss Emma McCall, and HOS Browning.  Since all three are offshore wind farm related and have become regulars in the sixth boro, it’s time to come up with a new descriptor for them.  “Wind power boats” or WPB comes to mind;  that would be different than “wind boats” or “power boats.”  Maybe you have a better term?   I suspect these vessels will continue to become more frequent.

The Fugro boat here had just departed the Reynolds dock after a short stop, and 

I suspect the TDI-Brooks boat is heading there next. 

I wish I could have gotten closer-up photos of the gear alongside Miss Emma McCall‘s port side.

My best guess is that it’s a side scan sonar probe. 

After leaving Reynolds, Fugro Enterprise turned outbound and 

I caught this view of a similar device suspended on wires off her port side. 

Some time prior, HOS Browning departed the sixth boro

with this gear on the stern and under the folded down A-frame

for a short stint off Atlantic City.  Browning is now back in the boro. 

All photos, WVD.

Here were parts one and two of this title. 

 

The sixth boro and other harbors have those vessels that seem to hide in plain sight.  Maybe it’s more accurate to say these craft, like the one below,  are visible but their usage might not be so clear.   

Here’s how Annie Moore gets described:  “a utility vessel for the National Park Service designed to transport national and international VIPs to the Statue of Liberty.”   That’s vague and not vague at the same time.  Who are these national and international VIPs, I wonder. 

Here’s more:  “to transport VIPs, official passengers, supplies and equipment to Ellis Island from Battery Park, New York, NY.”    Only Battery Park?  Some contradictions exist in these two pubs.

As many questions as I have with Annie Moore, when HOS Browning came back into port after some days offshore, I have even more.

 I know what the boat does, but I crave specifics.  For HOS Browning, I’d like to know where they went, why that location, what specifically was accomplished with which tools and to what end . . . .

In port, what and who leaves the ship and what and who comes aboard?  Maybe that makes me a landlubber with too much time on my hands . . . .  Who are the crew?

See the name on the bow of the high speed vessel below?  Clearly, it’s not THIS Sea Vixen,  but somewhere in the weapons “kit” carried on Ro8 HMS QE is an enterprise called Project Vixen, involving aerial drones, and named for the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen carrier-based fleet air-defense fighter.  

Technically, the vessel above and below is a 43′ PTB, a personnel transport boat, and  “the HMS Queen Elizabeth class will each carry four PTBs made by Blyth-based company Alnmaritec. Each 13.1 m (43 ft) long PTB carries 36 passengers and two crew to operate the vessel.”  Find more photos here.

The PTB seemed to be flitting all around the boro, checking out the sights.  Who gets to ride the Sea Vixen and who the larger sixth boro-based PTB, whose name I didn’t catch.

Why those sights?  Had HMS Prince of Wales come to town as planned, it would have had evolved PTBs, such as the one here

All photos, any errors, WVD, who’s always looking for novelty.

I’m not exactly sure what HOS Browning does each time she goes to sea,

but she has a lot of deck space, and a derrick to work with.   It turns out I’ve seen ship before down in Port Fourchon eight years ago, when she went by the name Betty Pfankuch.

Specs on this Mexico-flagged vessel can be downloaded and read here. Of interest are the facts that HOS Browning was built in the same shipyard as the new ferries and that the owner and manager is the same company that owns/operates the liftboat Ram VII recently featured here. Also, why is a US-built, Mexican-flagged vessel being used?

This general arrangement  diagram shows the location of a “future hydro-acoustic thru-hull” midships.   I suppose that means that now that 34″ thru-hull has now been opened up.  On that same diagram, would the mud tanks still be in place?  

Given the yellow “cage” near the stern, I’m surprised there’s no A-frame for deploying it, unless it’s been stowed/dismantled while in port.

All photos, any errors, lots of questions, WVD.

aka “thanks to Tony A 34” is the best title for this, and I’m sure you’ll agree. 

If you’ve lost track, “exotic” is my term for unusual vessels calling in the sixth boro.  Although the series started with a workboat repurposed as a live aboard, in the past few years the term has evolved to categorize mostly vessels coming here in conjunction with special projects, many of which recently have been related to offshore wind farms.

I’m not sure why this boat is in town, and I believe the location is the CME Co. terminal (excuse me if I’m mistaken), but it truly fits the exotic category.

She’s a 300 class member of the Hornbeck Offshore (HOS) Mexico fleet, and not a new boat. A member the the 250 class was in the boro just over a half year ago here

I’m not sure how the naming convention for HOS works, but say hello to HOS Browning.

Many thanks to Tony A who sent this along by the robotic system some since 1990 have called the World Wide Web. 

Thanks to the robots in tugster tower who reconfigured the queue of scheduled posts.  WVD is sweating away in the land of alligators, shrimp, sugar, and beaucoup de plus.  Tony A is likely sweating away in the sixth boro; thanks to him for this reminder that in the boro which never really stops running, flooding , and ebbing, there truly are a million stories we never notice.  And let’s hear it for the robots who  . . . I don’t even know if they have sweat glands, or glands of any sort.   

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