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  • It is going to be a busy week in Port Angeles with both Blue Marlin and Vanguard in port to load.

    The Vanguard will load Polar Pioneer for her return voyage to Europe. (Back to Norway??)
    That trip will complete its nearly 2 year circumnavigation of the earth, spending a few weeks drilling off Alaska en route.

    The Blue Marlin will load the Drillship Noble Discovery for a destination somewhere in the South Pacific. (New Zealand??)

    Here is a link to the local newspaper, the Peninsula: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/ar...89990/0/SEARCH

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    • Following her engine room fire off the Falklands last November, Le Boreal is being transported back to Europe on the heavy lift vessel Kang Sheng Kou.
      http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cr...fe-vessel.html

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      • ombugge
        ombugge commented
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        Tight fit.
        KSK has been featured here several times before.

      • pilotdane
        pilotdane commented
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        Impressive and slightly scary sight seeing one of my dream cruise ships riding helpless on a HLV.

    • Dockwise Vanguard is now passing the Cape Verde Islands on her way to Norway, carrying the MODU Polar Pioneer on her deck. ETA is 22. Febr. 2016: https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-306039000

      She departed Port Angeles WA 24. Dec. 2015 and proceeded via Cape Horn to Olen, Norway. That must be one of the longest voyages performed without refueling by any vessel since the days of sail: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/...hp?lid=2382882

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      • Here is one of the early Dockwise HLVs "Superservant 4", now converted to carry Yachts across oceans and around the world according to season.
        You have "seen" a number of big and heavy cargoes being loaded and discharged by Flo/Flo, now watch the SS4 loading yachts: https://gcaptain.com/watch-mega-yach...per-servant-4/

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        • Familiar place, familiar ship doing a familiar operation: https://gcaptain.com/video-ivar-aase...ide-sail-away/
          Several familiar faces as well.

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          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            Here is the rest of the story, lifting onto the jacket in the Norwegian North Sea: https://gcaptain.com/watch-ivar-aase...-in-north-sea/

            Familiar SSCV doing her thing. The Saipem 7000 (ex Micoperi 7000), which I worked with back in 1988-89.

            I used to do this for a living, both loadout and offshore lifting.
            Do I miss it? Not the pressure and the long hours, but it is nice to be able to say; I have been there, done that.

            Now it is for a younger generation to handle the pressure and figure out what to do, especially when things does not go to plans, or the conditions are less than favourable.

        • Ulsan - Sikka
          3 columns - 75.5 x 7.6 x 7.9m / 521tons each

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          • ombugge
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            Picture missing??

        • Not much activity on this thread lately, but here is at least som action from an external source.
          Blue Marlin loading tugs and barges in New York City: https://docs.google.com/presentation...nt?slide=id.i0
          A bit of trouble was experienced, but it all worked out in the end.
          Read the comments at the very end. Funny but commonly required explanations.

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          • Good one, Ombugge! ...
            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            • Three vessels I have worked with several times are now heading to the breakers together: http://koopvaardij.blogspot.no/2017/01/verhaald_25.html
              More details: http://www.tugspotters.com/app/conte...en-vanochtend/

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              • The heaviest cargo carried by a HLV so far: http://www.heavyliftnews.com/news/vi...est-africa?cu=

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                • Wold's first Offshore Fish Farm is arriving in Norway soon: https://www.froya.no/nyheter/verdens...til-fr%C3%B8ya
                  That is quite a sight and a very large overhang over the sides of the HLV.

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                • here 2 other images from the offshore fish farm copied from the newsletter



                  best regards Thijs

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    So then is the question; why is she being towed??
                    HHL is not a barge but a Heavy Lift Vessel with her own propulsion.

                  • janihudi
                    janihudi commented
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                    don't know that neither Ombugge,these are the only text at the photo's.

                    my first thoughts was because of the busy traffic in The Canal, but
                    A. The Canal issn't a Dutch water
                    b. Flying Focus don't go so far,atleast there images are Always near the Dutch coast
                    c. because of her wide load,but she came from far without tug,so why now?

                • the monster is back in Town



                  best regards Thijs

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                  • stil dooing the same thing,driving and making pictures.



                    best regards Thijs

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                    • she came to Europe to discharge a floating drydock.
                      to wide for her,so they had replaced the 4 colums outside the hull. (which was shown in a video,but didn't show how)
                      never seen that how they would do that.
                      they welded platforms outside the hull,i though that there was somewhere a kind of construction in her hull that slides outside.
                      problem with that would be that those slides are Always on a place where you don't want them to be.



                      at almost every picture you can see those platforms

                      best regards Thijs

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