J3676 : "Borgholm Dolphin" and "Borgny Dolphin", Harland & Wolff, Belfast (October 2016)

taken 2 years ago, near to Queens Island, Greencastle, Whitehouse, Ballymacarret and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

"Borgholm Dolphin" and "Borgny Dolphin", Harland & Wolff, Belfast (October 2016)
"Borgholm Dolphin" and "Borgny Dolphin", Harland & Wolff, Belfast (October 2016)
The accommodation platform “Borgholm Dolphin” (left) and the drilling rig “Borgny Dolphin” are currently laid up at the Harland & Wolff Ship Repair Quay – this view has been possible since June 2015 J3676 : The "Borgholm Dolphin", Belfast - June 2015(4).
The latter is due to depart, early tomorrow (weather and other circumstances permitting), for Las Palmas, under tow of the tug “Smit Sentosa” LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link. For comparison, later in the month, see J3676 : The "Svanen", Harland & Wolff, Belfast - October 2016(2).
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.
The "Borgholm Dolphin", Harland & Wolff, Belfast :: J3677
The ”Borgholm Dolphin” is a self-propelled accommodation platform built by Aker Kværner in 1975. Length 108 metres. Breadth 69 metres. Accommodation for 274 in double berth cabins. Previous names “Rig” 82/01, “Allegheny” 97, “Polymariner” 96 and “Polyglomar Driller” 78. See LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link
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
Friday, 7 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 7 October, 2016
Geographical Context
Docks, Harbours 
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Primary Subject of Photo
Oil Rig 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 360 766 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.1879N 5:53.6642W
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Irish: geotagged! J 344 748
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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