One of our company multi purpose vessels gave us a hand today as we were loading equipment onto our barge for the oil spill response project in the Gulf.
The helipad on the front of the wheel house is very unusual.
That big oval shape thingy is a satellite system of some sort.There is one on each side of the wheel house.
The purpose is to provide "dynamic positioning" to the boat, meaning, once they come along side a barge or an oil rig, a computer takes over the handling of the ship . They were right along side us about 5 feet away and the computer system kept them in that exact spot as they used their crane to do a "heavy lift" onto our barge.
It is an impressive vessel.