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A Chain Just Cut Through A Capsized Cargo Ship Filled With Cars And The Process Is Fascinating

In 2019, 4,000 cars were loaded into a cargo ship, but were not properly balanced. The ship capsized off the coast of Georgia, and the salvage operations have been going on ever since. Last month, they got to the big job- cutting the ship into sections and hauling them away. That involves some serious equipment.

The main player in the complex slicing operation is called the Versabar VB-10000 lift vessel, a gigantic yellow dual-barge crane used for the first time in 2010 and developed in response to hurricanes damaging oil platforms. The company that builds the enormous contraption says capacity of the tall twin-gantries is 7,500 tons, though each of the two trusses is structurally capable of handling over 5,000 — it’s apparently the buoyancy of the barges that limits capacity to 7,500. Speaking of the two barges, each has four 1,000 horsepower thrusters to keep the vessel precisely positioned overtop of the wreckage.

See pictures of this huge undertaking and an explanation of how it's done at Jalopnik. -via Damn Interesting

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