J5083 : The 'Svanen' off Bangor

taken 2 years ago, 3 km from Groomsport, Northern Ireland

The 'Svanen' off Bangor
The 'Svanen' off Bangor
The heavy lifting crane barge 'Svanen' LinkExternal link anchored in Bangor Bay (and also attached to the tug 'Viking' LinkExternal link ). The barge had just completed installing offshore windfarm foundations off Liverpool (similar to the yellow structures seen in TM0715 : Crane barge Svanen off Brightlingsea) and headed in to Harland & Wolff, Belfast, the next day.
The "Svanen", Harland & Wolff, Belfast :: J3675
The “Svanen” is a 102 metre/13,608 gross tonnes heavy lift installation vessel built in 1991 LinkExternal link.
It visited Harland & Wolff, Belfast in 2016. A H&W press release of 12 August 2016 includes the following “After installing the final wind turbine foundation at Burbo Bank Extension wind farm in Liverpool Bay, Van Oord's HLV Svanen received a warm welcome in Belfast as it moored at Harland and Wolff's Commissioning Quay. The sheerleg catamaran is to undergo repairs and outfitting at the well known shipyard, ahead of its next contract. The latest addition to the Harbour skyline, this 1990-built heavy lift installation vessel is taller than H&W's gantry crane Samson, which stands at 106m from the rails. Svanen has an impressive maximum lift capacity of 8,700 tonnes (excluding rigging; 8,200 tonnes including rigging). To put this into perspective, the metal structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes!”.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only. I have no connection with the owners, Harland & Wolff or Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
On 8 October 2016 it shifted, from the Commissioning Quay to the Ship Repair Quay, with assistance from the tugs “Merchantman” and “Masterman”.
This description also includes some photographs from a visit in 2017
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Date Taken
Monday, 25 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 July, 2016
Geographical Context
Coastal  Construction, Development  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Bangor Bay  Belfast Lough 
Primary Subject of Photo
Offshore Installation  Barge 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 505 831 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:40.4308N 5:39.9984W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 507 822
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Offshore Windfarm  Crane Barge  Bangor Bay  Ship  Crane  Belfast Lough 

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