Finnish Icebreaker Fennica visits Everett / Looking for seagoing job.

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Last week, while heading to the Everett Marina, I was stunned to find another large blue and white ship docked next to the Aviq. Edision Chouest’s Aviq has been in Everett for quite a while and other than seeing her in the bay one time, it looks like a ghost town. I haven’t seen any activity onboard at all. Rumor has it, she’s headed to South America soon. Who knows? I will miss gawking at her if and when she departs. I’d still like to get a tour of her if anyone has any connections.

This week, there was a second large vessel tied up on the opposite side of the dock. A quick check of Marine Traffic showed the name “Fennica”. I had to go a check her out a little bit, so I went for another little tour of the harbor and snapped some pictures. Of course I didn’t have a real camera with me, so all I can offer are more cell phone pictures. Fennica’s decks were crawling with activity. Of course, since I was right there, I took more pictures of the Aviq (how could I resist?). I also snapped one of a Mexican Tug named Gavoita that has been anchored in the harbor for a few weeks. I have not seen any activity onboard her or heard why she is here. There is also a shot of a MSC Freight ship in there. I didn’t get the name, but she is identical to the “Carl Breshear” which has also been in port for several weeks.

Here are some photos:
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Wikipedia had a good amount of information about Fennica. Click Here to see all of it.

“MSV Fennica is a Finnish multipurpose icebreaker and platform supply vessel. Built in 1993 by Finnyards in Rauma, Finland and operated by Arctia Offshore, she was the first Finnish icebreaker designed to be used as an escort icebreaker in the Baltic Sea during the winter months and in offshore construction projects during the open water season. Fennica has an identical sister ship, Nordica, built in 1994.”

Another interesting note:
“In November 2011, Shell Oil Company signed a three-year contract with Arctia Offshore and chartered the Finnish multipurpose icebreakers Fennica and Nordica to serve as primary ice management vessels in the Chukchi Sea during the summer seasons of 2012–2014. The primary purpose of Fennica is to protect the drillship Noble Discoverer by steering large ice floes so that they don’t endanger the drilling operation.[24][23] The decision to charter the Finnish icebreakers to support Arctic offshore drilling has been widely criticized due potential environmental damage in case of oil spill. On 16 March 2012, some 52 Greenpeace activists from five different countries boarded Fennica and Nordica at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to protest Shell’s drilling operations in Alaska.”

In other news, I’m on the hunt for a seagoing job on a vessel over 200 GRT. It also needs to be on Near Coastal or Oceans. This is needed to complete my RFPNW course I took last month. It turns out, in my area, most of the vessels over 200GRT are factory trawlers working in the Bearing Sea fishing for cod, sole, etc. Most of those vessels are already gone for their season. I don’t have the commercial fishing experience anyway that they require, unless you count last summer that I spent commercial tuna fishing off the Washington Coast with my buddy Marlin Mike (not quite what they had in mind when they said “commercial fishing experience”). I think we made enough to pay for our diesel two or three times and didn’t make enough to cover expenses on the other trips (it sure was fun though). I’ve also talked to several of the universities that have large reasearch vessels and several other outfits. There are lots of tug boats in the PNW, but 99% of them are 199GRT or less.
To be honest, it’s one hell of a circus trying to find the right size vessel that has an opening. I remember when I was just starting out in the job market as a punk kid. All of the places wanted experience, but you first had to get a job to get any experience. It sort of feels the same way right about now. I could go on and on, but I won’t bore all of you. I’m motivated and won’t stop. The hiring managers at these places have all heard from me several times and will probably get tired of me. I won’t be denied!

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