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Oil-Rig Lifter: This is a thing that exists.

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14 Responses:

  1. M.E. says:

    Project Azorean is even more mindblowing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h6rGrzD2VY

  2. candice says:

    This is from an old Taylor Energy platform taken out by subsea mud-slides, on the continental shelf. They've been raising a bunch of these in their assorted parts. Very small platform by modern standards - if it actually has legs that can be cut off it's in shallow water and not very big. Still very cool.

    See http://www.vbar.com/videos/index.html for nifty engineering videos with bad music.

  3. David M.A. says:

    Is there an oil-rig lifter lifter, in case this one sinks? What about an oil-rig lifter lifter lifter, just in case?

  4. badc0ffee says:

    Not only does it exist, but it is a product with a model number, not a one-off project.

  5. Chad says:

    Ah, neat. I sailed past one of these on the intracoastal waterway near Corpus Christi/Aransas Pass: http://g.co/maps/ahscu It's not there in the google maps pic, but if you wanted to know where these sorts of things live... that should give you a pretty good idea. The waters leading up to that parking spot are only 1-15 feet deep, but the channel that cuts through that "island" is about 63' deep, according to our depth finder.

    They are truly massive, especially from a 29' sailboat! Same color/construction.

  6. Jieves says:

    There's been one of these in Pensacola for the last couple of weeks -- rough storms forced it to take refuge and repair in the local port. Quite an impressive sight on the morning commute, like an autobot curled up in a nap.

  7. Ben Brockert says:

    I wish it was a Jansen walker.

  8. Lloyd says:

    If it exists, why am I getting 404 page not found, indicating that it doesn't exist?

    • David says:

      Are you from, I don't know, Australia or something? I get automatically redirected to popscience.com.au from popscience.com, and the article doesn't exist on the Australian site.