J3778 : The "Svanen", Belfast Lough - May 2017(1)

taken 1 year ago, 3 km from Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

The "Svanen", Belfast Lough - May 2017(1)
The "Svanen", Belfast Lough - May 2017(1)
The crane barge “Svanen” spent a few days at Harland & Wolff this week departing this afternoon to anchor off Bangor. The vessel was assisted by the harbour tugs “Masterman” LinkExternal link (right) and “Merchantman” LinkExternal link.
The owner’s website gives the following dimensions: length 102 metres, breadth 74 metres and hoisting height 76 metres.
Subject position approximate.
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
Sunday, 14 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 May, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast Lough 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 377 789 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.3729N 5:52.0694W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 379 784
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Harland & Wolff  Crane  Crane Barge  Tugs 

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