J3676 : The 'Borgny Dolphin' at Belfast

taken 3 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Greencastle and Whitehouse, Northern Ireland

The 'Borgny Dolphin' at Belfast
The 'Borgny Dolphin' at Belfast
The drilling rig 'Borgny Dolphin' at Ship Repair Quay, where it has now sat since 31st August 2014.
The Belfast Dry Dock
The Belfast Dry Dock, owned and operated by Harland and Wolff for ship repair purposes. By the early 1960s it was clear that the largest dock in Belfast, the Thompson Graving Dock (see J3576 : Thompson Graving Dock), was too small for modern tankers and bulk carriers then being constructed. The Harland and Wolff Dry Dock (known as the Belfast Dry Dock) was constructed between 1965-68 by Charles Brand and Sons to a design by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton. It is 1150 feet long by 160 feet wide and, when constructed, was one of the five largest docks in the world. The dock can accommodate ships up to 200,000gt.
Alongside the dock is Ship Repair Quay (formerly known as Outfitting Wharf). This was constructed some 7 years later in 1975 and has a total lineal quayage of 433 metres. Ships which do not need to be fully dry docked are repaired here.
The 'Borgny Dolphin' at Belfast
Images of the offshore drilling rig 'Borgny Dolphin' LinkExternal link which was towed into Belfast on Sunday August 31st 2014 and taken to the Ship Repair Quay, part of the facilities operated by Harland and Wolff. Here it sat until Saturday 8th October 2016 when it was towed out of the harbour and taken to Aliaga, Turkey, to be scrapped.
The rig was built in Finland and launched in 1977. It was 108.2m in length by 67.4m wide and could operate in water up to a depth of 533m, drilling to 7600m.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 24 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast  Belfast Docks 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 360 764 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.0811N 5:53.7255W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 360 763
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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