J3676 : Ship supports, Belfast Dry Dock

taken 16 years ago, 4 km NE of Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Ship supports, Belfast Dry Dock
Ship supports, Belfast Dry Dock
It took me a while to find out what these are - purpose built columns to support the HSS craft whilst in dry dock (example at J3676 : The 'Stena Discovery' in dry dock, Belfast). Most conventional ships are supported by keel blocks J3676 : Keel blocks, Belfast Dry Dock when in dock but the unconventional design of the HSS craft requires something a little different.
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 (now 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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Thursday, 10 July, 2008   (more nearby)
Friday, 11 July, 2008
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Docks, Harbours  Coastal  Construction, Development  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Belfast Docks 
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Irish: geotagged! J 362 766 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.1846N 5:53.4786W
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