Heavy lift vessels are quite amazing vessels, built to load, carry and discharge large, unusual shaped cargoes (or even smaller vessels) that will simply not fit inside the holds of conventional vessels.
Unusual cargoes can include power plants, submarines, desalination units,oil platform, generators and yachts.
Nuclear submarine transported by ship
Ship carrying 11,000 ton oil platform
In the early morning of February 16, 2006, the semi-submersible vessel M.V. Kang Sheng Kou of COSCO Shipping, taking advantage of its advanced dynamic positioning system, accomplished a float-over positioning installation of the topside weighing more than 11000 tons in the PM3-CAA oilfield off Thailand Bay.
Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Sea based X band radar platform arrives in Pearl Harbor aboard Heavy lift vessel Blue Marlin in January, 2006.
On December 12, USS Cole (DDG-67), once a powerful symbol of U.S. military might, limped home aboard the Norwegian transport ship M/V Blue Marlin for repairs to a gaping hole left by a bomb attack in Yemen that killed 17 U.S. sailors. The destroyer, unable to sail under its own steam, was carried into a cold & choppy Pascagoula Bay by the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin after a 6 week voyage from Yemen.
Ship carrying the PDQ oil platform
18000 ton heavy lift carrier
Heavy Lift vessel carrying the worlds largest IKEA table
A 522 ft dry dock which is to contain ships, being carried on one
Oil Production Platform being loaded onto ship
Bizarre Submersible Heavy Lift Vessel