This must be the most astonishing series of photos I’ve seen in a long while. The Blue Marlin — a heavy lift ship is seen below lifting other ships out of the water and transporting them to wherever they need to go. Oh, as you will also see, it can do that with a dozen of transport ships, too!
Underneath the images, you will find some basic details about the ship, provided by Reddit user jandalofdoom. (Scroll down for a couple of videos.)
1. A heavy-lift ship is a vessel designed to move very large loads that cannot be handled by normal ships.
2. This is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessels capable of lifting another ship out of the water and transporting it.
3. Like the USS Cole.
4. USS Cole again.
5. Or, say, a dozen other transport ships.
6. Or this Oil Rig.
7. Or this one.
8. /u/skiattle has pointed out this is actually the SBX-1 — The Sea-Based X-Band Radar, which is a floating, self-propelled, mobile active electronically scanned array radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.
9. And it’s huge.
10. /u/PoodlesFitInBlenders has pointed out these are drilling rigs with a gridwork of iron below them creating a giant footprint to stabilize the weight. They jack up out of the water with those large legs.
11. And here are three of them.
And here a re a couple of videos:
Share Blue Marlin’s heroics with your friends below — chances are that they’ve never seen anything like it.
This is the Blue Marlin, it’s a semi-submersible heavy lift ship from Dockwise Shipping of the Netherlands. Designed to transport very large semi-submersible drilling rigs above the transport ship’s deck, it is equipped with 38 cabins to accommodate 60 people, a workout room, sauna and swimming facilities. Blue Marlin and her sister ship MV Black Marlin comprise the Marlin class of heavy lift ship.
Work was done in 2004 to upspec it, but here are its figures:
Length overall: 217 m (712 ft)
Length PP: 206.5 m (677 ft)
Breadth moulded: 42 m (138 ft)
Depth moulded: 13.3 m (44 ft)
Summer draft: 10 m (33 ft)
Deadweight: 56,000 metric tons
Submerged depth above deck: 10 m (33 ft)
Free deck length: 178.2 or 157.2 m (585 or 516 ft)
Free deck area: More than 7,215 m2 (77,660 sq ft)
Main engine output: 12,640 kW (17,160 BHP)
Bow thruster: 2,000 kW (2,712 BHP)
Cruise speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)
Cruise range: 25,000 nautical miles (46,000 km; 29,000 mi)
Accommodation: 55 people
Building yard: CSBC, Kaohsiung
Depth: 13.3 m (44 ft)
Max sailing draft: 10 m (33 ft)
Max draft submerged: 29.3 m (96 ft)
Water above deck submerged
aft 16 m (52 ft)
forward 12 m (39 ft)
Deck space: 63 m ├ù 178.2 m (207 ft ├ù 585 ft)
Deck area: 11,227 m2 (120,850 sq ft)
Propulsor output: 4,500 kW (6,035 hp) each
Conversion yard: Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea