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Blue Marline: Amazing pictures of a Giant ship that ships other ships

When a ship suffers damage mid ocean and it is either not safe or is likely to be damaged if it tries to move under its own power or is towed, what can be done?

You simply load it onto the Monster Ship Marlin, find yourself nice cozy accommodation on the Marlin with all holiday facilities including a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna and relax, letting the commander of Blue Marlin take on the headache of getting your ship safely into the docks for repairs.

In case Blue Marlin is away on other duties

  • carrying a bunch of ships (yes you read it right, not one, not two, but a bunch) from a ship building yard to another for fitting and finishing, or
  • is transporting oil rigs for a mid sea installation, or
  • carrying a damaged warship to the docks, or
  • transferring on a turnkey basis a whole process plant – say, a gas refinery – from the manufacturing facility at Cadiz, Spain to Hammerfest, Norway, or
  • moving a giant sized X Band radar from Corpus Christi, Texas to Adak, Alaska going all the way around the southern tip of South America,

then, why, sister Black Marlin will do the job just as efficiently.

Black and Blue Marlins belong to the Marlin class of ships which are designed and built for heavy lifting and transportation on the seas.

Built by the China Ship Building Company at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China, the two ships are owned by Dock wise Ltd., Norway

 

1)  Photograph by PH2 Leland Comer [ via ]

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2) Photograph by PH2 Leland Comer [ via ]

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2) Photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley, U.S. Navy [ via ]

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3) Photograph by Robert Smith @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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4) Photograph by Robert Smith @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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5) Photograph by Robert Smith @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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6) Photograph by United States Navy, LTJG Chuck Bell [ via ]

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7) Photograph by United States Navy, LTJG Chuck Bell [ via ]

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8) Photograph by Ron @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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9) Photograph by Ron @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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10) Photograph by Dan van Spronsen @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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11) Photograph by Dan van Spronsen @ shipspotting.com [ via ]

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