IMO : ?? 8614209
Build : 1987 by C. Luhring Schiffswert Gmbh & Co kg – Brake in West Germany, nr ?? as Pemex 654
WTF is that?? asked Mike from Gcaptain in this post……and Robert & Philip knew and answered the obvious question. They initially thought the above vessel to be the Thor, and to immediately calm your nerves: this ship is not accidentally split in two, she is designed to do that. She is especially designed to clean up spilled oil from the seas she serves on, the split hulls collect the oil in between them where it gets sucked up and stored in the vessels own tanks. Pretty clever design but what a very strange sight…….Very much suited to this site then!
The Thor in “normal transit” mode :
And in “oil-cleaning” mode :
But after some more research they concluded that most probably the original picture is the Eversand Y1644 (IMO : 8705101), a vessel of the same class but somewhat bigger….still extremely strange though!
The 2 hulls open up to a maximum of 65 degrees using a giant hinge at the stern of the vessel, a pretty impressive construction!
And there is a third sister as well: the Bottsand Y 1643 (IMO : 8321632).
A very opinion-splitting design indeed although it can be very handy when part of the crew do not agree with the other part of the crew regarding their destination: “Fine, Whatever! We’ll take our own hull and go somewhere we do like to go!! Goodbye!”
If some of the above now please would report in the Gulf of Mexico it would be very much appreciated, thank you.
Update (12-06-2010) :
Gizmodo also caught wind of these vessels and, rather inspirationaly, calls them “Pac-Man Ships”. Read their post here, with even more pictures of the Bottsand.
Update (28-06-2010) :
We all made a mistake here…..Oops!
The vessel in question, with which this whole post started actually turned out to be the Ecopemex, and not the Thor……call her the missing 4th sister!
Some pictures, in old fashioned rustic sepia.
Right: matter solved….back to business now: go clean oil!