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Albatross

04-03-2017

Albatross Albatross

Quite a sight for - as marine-traffic website defines people like me - marine enthusiasts. Those three ginormous cranes have been assembled here in Cork Harbour and stuck onto this incredible ship.

This heavy lift vessel is called Albatross, which word, apart from quite obviously depicting a bird, apparently has a second meaning of a heavy burden. How suitable. Quite like Irish Ferries calling their fastest vessel Jonathan Swift.

Those cranes are bound for Puerto Rico, which leaves me puzzled. Is it really cheaper, or more efficient, to assemble them here, load them onto this - surly quite expensive to rent - ship and navigate late winter storms all the way across atlantic? Wouldn't it be easier to haul them across on a normal ship and assemble them in the port of destination? I'd love someone with some real knowledge to explain this to me.

name: Liam Doyle, 11-03-2017 8:52

Excellent Photos would be nice to see her location now.



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