Blue Marlin Arrives In Portland Harbor

Thursday, March 29, 2001
The world's largest submersible lift ship arrived in Portland Harbor today at 10:00 a.m. where it docked at the International Marine Terminal. Measuring 712 ft. (217 m), the vessel is owned by Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) of Lysaker, Norway. Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Rijekak, Croatia has chartered the vessel to lift and carry the 50-year-old 844-ft. (257.2 m) dry dock, used by the Bath Iron Works (Portland) Ship Repair Facility. The Croatian yard purchased the dry dock from the State of Maine for $3 million earlier this month. It is scheduled for renovations for eventual use in the Croatian shipbuilding and repair industry. During the first week of May, the dry dock is scheduled to be moved to the Maine State Pier and divided into two sections. Blue Marlin will submerge itself and one section of the dock will be floated over the vessel, at which time Blue Marlin will then re-surface; workers will lash the dry dock down and sail for Europe. Due to the size and weight of the dry dock sections, Blue Marlin or its sistership Black Marlin will have to return to Portland to lift the second section later in the month. Blue Marlin is best known as the vessel used to transport USS Cole back to the U.S. after being heavily damaged in a terrorist attack in the port of Aden last year. USS Cole returned to its original builder, Litton Ingalls, on the Blue Marlin's deck this past December where it is currently undergoing repair and restoration work.
Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Cruise Ship Trends

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

Duffy Named President of Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation & plc. announced today.   Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),

Lifting Costa Concordia

Ropes made with Dyneema help Titan Salvage, Micoperi on historic salvage operation   The largest and most complex maritime salvage operation ever carried out was concluded this summer.

Ports

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

Los Angeles Container Volumes Drop

November container volumes down 3 percent at Port of Los Angeles; year-to-date volumes up 6.5 percent   Overall containerized cargo volumes in November 2014 have

Transpacific Box Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1689 sec (6 req/sec)