Oil-Rig Lifter: This is a thing that exists.
Project Azorean is even more mindblowing:
I'm sure the BLUE HADES were not pleased.
Well, the Black Chamber *does* have some connections with BLUE HADES so I guess they brokered a deal. After all, they were just cleaning up for them ;-)
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.
Most excellent stuff. Thanks!
Is there an oil-rig lifter lifter, in case this one sinks? What about an oil-rig lifter lifter lifter, just in case?
They're going to need a bigger crane.
Not only does it exist, but it is a product with a model number, not a one-off project.
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.
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.
I wish it was a Jansen walker.
If it exists, why am I getting 404 page not found, indicating that it doesn't exist?
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.
These popular science people are clueless.