The Blue Marlin is what is known as a semi-submersible heavy lift ship. The massive vessel was designed to carry seemingly impossibly large payloads on its deck to anywhere around the world. It is based it the Netherlands and is an engineering marvel. This thing is the mother of all ships! It’s not your standard tug boat. The way this ship works is pretty incredible. The Blue Marlin ship actually submerges itself so that ships, oil rigs and other giant sea fairing machines can easily be loaded onto the behemoth of a boat and moved across the world.
This is the Blue Marlin ship. It is designed for heavy lifting and transport across the world. Here it is fully submersed ready to pick up a load. The ship is 712 feet long and weighs in at 56,000 metric tons.
A heavy lifting ship is a ship that can move things that no other ships in the world can even touch. It boasts 17,160 horsepower giving it the power it needs to move such massive objects.
The Blue Marlin ship can actually lift just about anything. Like the USS Cole.
The Blue Marlin has a range of 29,000 miles with a top speed of 17 mph.
How about a dozen transport ships? The Blue Marlin ship can accommodate 60 people. It has 38 cabins, a gym, a sauna and swimming pools.
Here she is moving an entire oil rig in one piece!
Here is another oil rig being transported across the sea. With a deck area of 120,850 square feet it can hold almost anything.
This is the SBX-1 which is a sea based radar detection system designed to operate in high seas and heavy winds. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.
Just look at the incredible size of this radar facility. Can you believe that a ship is moving it on its own deck?
These are ocean drilling rigs with a structure of steel connected to the base to keep them stable.
Many many more ocean drilling rigs.
Take a look at the Blue Marlin ship in action in the video below. It truly puts this massive boat in scale.
The Blue Marlin ship is an engineering marvel and one of the coolest machines I’ve ever seen. This ship is the definition of whatever would be produced if gargantuan and behemoth had a child. This ship is a monster and I would love to see it in person some day.