Sunday, July 17, 2011
Tug and Barge
The semi-submersible barge Giant 4 with tug Union Wrestler arrived in St. John's July 8, 2011.
According to a news report from the local telegram the barge will head to Motier Bay to pick up a huge slab off steel sitting in 80 meters of water since 2005, that is when the Searose production vessel left Marystown for the oil fields off Newfoundland. The production ship left behind a piece of steel 23 meter's in diameter used to cover the moonpool, which is the opening where the ship is connected to oil well equipment on the seabed.
The semi-submersible barge Giant 4 will spent 10 days later this month retrieving the plate.
A further note regarding this barge, it was used in 2000 to help raise the Russian submarine Kursk a year after it exploded and sank in the Barents Sea killing all 118 crewman