J3676 : The 'SeaRose FPSO' at Belfast

taken 6 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Whitehouse and Greencastle, Northern Ireland

The 'SeaRose FPSO' at Belfast
The 'SeaRose FPSO' at Belfast
A contractor close to the entrance of the Belfast Dry Dock with the huge hull of the 'SeaRose FPSO' looming behind. The contractor is wearing overalls bearing the name JOTUN LinkExternal link - this is a firm which specialises in marine paints - "sophisticated products that effectively prevent corrosion and fouling on any vessel" - so I imagine he is working on the SeaRose.
The 'SeaRose FPSO'
The 'SeaRose FPSO' LinkExternal link is a floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel. Constructed specifically to work at the White Rose oilfield LinkExternal link 350 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland, the 267m long vessel was constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries and launched in 2004. The vessel has a storage capacity of 940,000 barrels of oil, which is approximately 10 days of production. In May 2012 the vessel disconnected from the oilfield and was towed across the Atlantic to Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries in Belfast for servicing. The vessel arrived at the Belfast Dry Dock on the 6th June 2012 and, work completed, left on the 5th July to travel back towards Canada.
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.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 20 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 360 763 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.0002N 5:53.7204W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 359 762
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Harland & Wolff  SeaRose FPSO  Contractor  Belfast Dry Dock  Dry Dock  Ship  Oil Industry 

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