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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:

  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 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: 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 from, and the article doesn't exist on the Australian site.

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