So That’s How You Move Huge Ships Around… Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

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.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

2. This is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessels capable of lifting another ship out of the water and transporting it.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

3. Like the USS Cole.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

4. USS Cole again.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

5. Or, say, a dozen other transport ships.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

6. Or this Oil Rig.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

7. Or this one.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

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.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

9. And it’s huge.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

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.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

11. And here are three of them.

So That's How You Move Huge Ships Around... Have You Ever Seen ANYTHING Like That?

Source: Imgur.

And here a re a couple of videos:

Via Reddit.

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:

Initial

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

Post-2004

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 × 178.2 m (207 ft × 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