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This is pretty neat, the boat has 6 legs and can “stand up” and can plant a windmill in place –

Most boats do not have legs. But a jack-up barge has six, protruding high into the air when the ship is in transit.

Extending to a length of 48m from the bottom of the ship, and penetrating up to 5m into the sea bed, the “legs” of these ships provide a stable “ground” in a place where there is only roiling water.

As the legs push down, the ship is lifted above the waves. Purpose-built at a Chinese shipyard, the £60m jack-up barge MPIO Resolution is an extraordinary piece of engineering in itself.

6 legged boat – Link.

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  1. I’ve been enthralled by that ship. It made regular visits to Belfast’s Harland & Wolff yard a couple of year’s ago while involved in building a couple of windfarms around the Irish Sea. H&W did fabrication onshore before the Resolution took the metalwork out to location. The offices where I worked, at the time, overlooked Queen’s Island, H&W’s site, and another company location looked out over Belfast Lough. To see it sail out, loaded with pylons and turbines, was quite an “awesome” sight. The turbine “heads” were stacked at the stern of the ship when heading out, with only two blades fitted they could be stacked onboard and then the third blade was fitted in situ. Looked like a set of bunny ears sitting on the stern. Another interesting fact about Resolution is that it was originally commissioned by the Mayflower Corporation who saw a business in offshore windfarms. I believe the ship was to cost them north of £200m but the day after it was delivered to their Hartlepool base the company went into liquidation and Resolution was sold for £60m by the administrators. You can find more pics of the ship while in Belfast on Flickr.

  2. What a toyboat! Here in Rotterdam we have a boat that can hoist that boat on big waves and put it on its own deck!
    Don’t be fooled by this image: the ship is 250m long!
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