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    Ship Shipping

    Ok, FedEx delivers packages. Lots of folk deliver pizzas. But what if you need an ocean going vessel, or many, delivered somewhere? In short... how do you ship a ship?


    When one needs to transport a large number of ships (perhaps they arenít ocean-ready), move a gigantic oil rig (like BPís Thunder Horse PDQ) or perhaps carry a damaged warship home (The USS Cole), the MV Blue Marlin heeds the call.



    Blue Marlin is a semi-submersible heavy lift ship designed to transport very large semi-submersible drilling rigs above the transport shipís 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. They were owned by Offshore Heavy Transport of Oslo, Norway, from their construction, in April 2000 and November 1999 respectively, until 6 July 2001, when they were purchased by Dockwise Shipping of the Netherlands.



    HISTORY
    The U.S. Navy hired the Blue Marlin from Offshore Heavy Transport to move the destroyer USS Cole back to the United States after the warship was damaged by an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber attack while anchored in the port of Aden, Yemen. During the latter part of 2003, work done on the Blue Marlin boosted its capacity and added two retractable propulsors to improve maneuverability.





    The ship re-entered service in January 2004. Following these improvements, the Blue Marlin delivered the oil platform Thunder Horse PDQ, weighing 60,000 tons, to Corpus Christi, Texas, for completion.

    In July 2005 Blue Marlin moved the gas refinery Snohvit from its construction site in Cadiz to Hammerfest, an 11 day trip. This transport was filmed for the TV show Extreme Engineering on the Discovery Channel, and also the TV show Mega Movers on the History Channel.



    In November 2005, Blue Marlin left Corpus Christi, Texas, to move the massive Sea-based X-band Radar to Adak, Alaska, via the southern tip of South America and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It arrived at Pearl Harbor on 9 January 2006, having travelled 15,000 miles. In January 2007, the Blue Marlin was employed to move two jack-up rigs, the Rowan Gorilla VI and the GlobalSantaFe Galaxy II, from Halifax Harbour to the North Sea. [Source: Wikipedia]


    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
    Cruise range: 25,000 nm
    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
    Ė aft 16 m (52 ft)
    Ė forward 12 m (39 ft)
    Deck space: 63 ◊ 178.2 m (207 ◊ 584.6 ft)
    Deck area: 11,227 m2 (120,850 sq ft)
    Propulsor output: 4,500 kW (6,035 hp) each
    [Source: Wikipedia]
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    Re: Ship Shipping

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredkc View Post
    In July 2005 Blue Marlin moved the gas refinery Snohvit from its construction site in Cadiz to Hammerfest, an 11 day trip. This transport was filmed for the TV show Extreme Engineering on the Discovery Channel, and also the TV show Mega Movers on the History Channel.
    Watched that show a few years back. They showed the entire trip from pick up to delivery. But the most interesting parts was the time-lapse videos showing the loading and then the unloading/placement of the refinery. During those sequences you'd swear the ship was sinking. I've seen lots of ships that can partially submerge like that, but nothing near the size of this. Really amazing for such a large ship!
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    Re: Ship Shipping

    Of course, this goes against the argument of scale ... but hey, while we're on the whale waiting for the S.S. Minnow to chug by and rescue us (appears they're having problems of their own with sand in their fuel tanks)... might as well enjoy the frightening majesty of magnitude.

    You just have to marvel at the vast application potential of hydraulics.

    Here's me thinking of a colossal portable outdoors swimming pool application for the next Olympics. Boundarize the cargo bay of Blue Marlin. Erect bleachers on both sides. Have a true 100m-long swimming pool without all them awkward mermaid flips and otherwise turning acrobatics at 50m (where you're forced to cheat by pushing off with the legs). Wouldn't need chlorine, plenty of sea salt for cleanliness. Just sweep a kilometer or two and you can get fresh un-pissed poolwater by employing some sort of daily or half-daily straining system that filters out all the big marine life save the minnows, the urchins, the suckerfish, and all kinds of wee winklefish. But hey, it would be a true race in natural waters. And true human swimming records without performance enhacing human urine. (It's not a well known fact, but swimmers move a tad faster than natural ability allows them just because they're all trying to get out of teh accumulating pool piss as quickly as possible and sometimes quicker).


    Must say ... Impressive steel structure.


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    Re: Ship Shipping

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredkc View Post
    Main engine output: 12,640 kW (17,160 BHP)
    serious power!

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