Look at the picture above. At first glance you may think that this was just amazing Photoshop work, but actually, it’s not. I present to you, MV Blue Marlin. A magnificent human invention now traversing seas and oceans doing heavy lifting, literally. It carries unimaginable weights into sea.
This ship, called Blue Marlin, is a semi-submersible heavy lift ship currently owned by Dockwise Shipping from the Netherlands. It’s main function is to transport heavy equipment like ships, rigs, and carriers through different seas. It has 38 cabins and is able to accommodate 60 people. Aside from these rooms, it also has a workout room, a sauna and some swimming facilities.
Throughout its life, the Blue Marlin has lifted heavy feats.
MV Blue Marlin carrying a Carrier Ship
A Cruise Ship would not be a problem too.
It can carry oil rigs too!
The Shell Mars Olympus? No problem!
It has also carried the SBX-1 or Sea-Based X-Band Radar. A self-propelling and mobile-active device that scans designated locations within high winds and heavy seas. This device is a part of the Ballistic Defense Missle System.
Ultimately, this is how the ship looks like when it’s not carrying anything.
Here are a few of Blue Marlin’s specs
- 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
- aft 16 m (52 ft)
- forward 12 m (39 ft)
- Deck space: 63 m × 178.2 m (207 ft × 585 ft)
- Deck area: 11,227 m2 (120,850 sq ft)
- Propulsor output: 4,500 kW (6,035 hp) each
Truly magnificent, the Blue Marlin is a gigantic ship, with gigantic costs. But because of its unparalleled ability to carry heavy devices to different seas, it makes it easier for nations to build defenses and tap resources found in their seas. Anyways, if it all fails, the Blue Marlin has a siste, MV Black Marlin!
Mother of Ships!