Wellington Harbour Tugs
I love this part of the job, getting right underneath the bow of a still moving ship, powering down on you, standing at sea level and looking straight up at the sexy curves of the ship.
The ship’s crew throw down a ‘messenger line’ this is a light rope used to pick up tow line. The engineers’ role at this point is to stand by like a good shepherd with a long hooked pole to try and catch the line if it misses the mark and lands in the drink (and also to hook onto the tug crewmans britches if it looks like he might loose his balance).
Seaman makes the messenger line fast to our tow rope and the crew on the ships bow haul up our thick heavy tow rope and make fast.
With both tugs now made fast the tug captain follows the pilots’ instructions as he maneuvers the ship alongside into her berth.
The tugs heave hard to line the ship up to her berth and the engines are at max power, a good time for me to slope off to take the engine room log.