The Mighty Servants are a class of three semi-submersible heavy-lift cargo ships. This kind of ships are made to carry specially heavy and bulky objects overseas. This include heavy machinery, other ships, large construction parts or, as in this miniature, whole oil drilling rigs. This kind of vessels are semi-submersible because their ballast tanks can be filled with water until the whole cargo area lays under the water level. This way, the structures or vessels they have to transport can "float on" the ship. When the cargo is in place, the water is pumped our of the ballast tanks until the cargo area is above the water level. Once at her destination, the tanks can be filled again so the cargo can "float off" the ship.
The Mighty Servants were ordered by the Dutch shipping company Wijsmuller Transport at the Oshima Shipbuilding shipyard, Japan. The first two ships were delivered in 1983 and the last one was one year later. In 1993, their company became part of Dockwise Shipping B.V. The Mighty Servants continued on duty for the new group, experiencing different dates. The Myghty Servant 1 is still in service today. During a refitting in 1999,the ship was widened by 10m and has now a beam of 50m. The Mighty Servant 2 became famous in 1988 for transporting the 125m long frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts from Dubai to Newport, after she had hit a seamine. But in 1999, tragedy struck near the island of Singkep, Indonesia. The Mighty Servant 2 hit an uncharted underwater pinnacle, capsized and sunk. 5 seafarers died in the tragedy. The ship was declared a total loss. The wreck was scrapped one year later. The Mighty Servant 3 is slightly smaller and faster than her sisters. In 2006 she capsized and sunk near Luanda, Angola. This time there were no casualties among the crew and the ship was salvaged from 63 meter-deep waters. After repairs, she became operative again in 2009.
This detailed miniature of the Mighty Servant 1 in a scale of 1:1250 stands in the general display on deck 9 of the museum. By the way, the oil rig she is caring is the Treasure Saga from 1983. We will post her story sometime soon.
1 week ago
A huge vessel like the "Leverkusen Express" needs huge mooring lines. Too heavy for a person to toss, these ropes are guided by a small line that is thrown before big reels roll out the ropes.
1 day ago
Reckon you could drive one of these?
Tank Transporters or Heavy Equipment Transporters are capable of carrying our Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks.
The HET can move its load rapidly and cost-effectively, saving wear and tear of the tank's tracks as well as the roads.
The HET is the most powerful tank transporter in production. It consists of an Oshkosh 1070F 8x8 tractor truck and a King Trailer GTS 100 seven-axle semi-trailer. Its after-cooled Caterpillar C18 turbocharged diesel engine produces 700bhp.
Congrats Shammy Jha for making his leap of faith today enlisting into the Minnesota Army National Guard today! He will leave for basic training this summer to expedite his citizenship and be back in time for his Biomedical Engineering Program next fall! Welcome to the team! #minnesotaarmynationalguard#logistics