What is this thing?

no STOOPID window cleaning planks this time…

what on earth is on this barge? I am truly perplexed to figure if out.


Pirates Abduct 14 Seafarers From Heavy Lift Ship in Gulf of Guinea

Looks like a Piecost.

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what the hell is a Piecost?

studying the photo, I would say the tower tilts up to a vertical position but how that is accomplished is nowhere to be seen? You would need some incredibly massive hydraulic cylinders to do that since it can’t be done by wires. Some kind of piledriver?

What’s a pie cost? $12 for pumpkin, $16 for apple… ba-dum-bum-ching! Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week.

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Here is a different view of the crane barge aboard the heavy lift ship.

Unless it is itself the cargo. Then its prolly moved by some off-barge crane.

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Before long the pirates will marry with local warlords and land owners and begin calling themselves royalty.

I appears to be a shearleg heavylift crane but how they get that boom into position or stowed is a total mystery to me other than they use another very large crane to do it and that it only is stowed for sea transits like we see here?

I stepped into that one with both shoes but you must buy your pies at Whole Foods or some such overpriced store that caters to people with more money than sense. I get mine for only $4 simoleons from my local Fred Meyer. Apple, berry, peach, pumpkin…all the same but can be had for as little as $2.50 on sale (when I fill the freezer with em)

I think the ship is just transporting the crane as cargo, from Port A to B. The rest if it to be shipped on another vessel. Note the two big boats stowed just aft of it. More cargo.

obviously the boom is part of the gray barge stowed on the forward half of the submersible ship with the smaller barge and tugs stowed aft of it. My question is that larger barge and the boom on it? With the base and cradle it is a permanent part of the barge’s equipment but how does it fold up and down? All the sheerleg cranes I have seen on barges look like this instead with topping lift wires and a large frame they run to.


and I have never ever run across one which folds back like this one because there is no way to get that boom back into position when is it stowed short of using another floating crane to do it.

Maybe the use some big motors with the pinions driving a sector gear at the base of the mast. Like a big drive for a jack up. The multipart falls look like they are the main load hoisting not boom hoist. But who knows.

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I’m no expert, but it looks like Monty Burns has taken his business offshore.



I actually had a rig like that recently by where I live drilling a pipeline under a river. It didn’t have a derrick but the whole set-up was canted at a 15 degree angle to the ground. What I’ve always wondered is how they control the bet to turn when they’re down in the hole

But can you imagine the torque that would be required to start that boom to lift! That is something that the jacking gear on a jack up rig never has to overcome with the legs. And then when the Boom is in position what supports it when it has a load on it? I suppose there could be topping lifts that we just don’t see but I still find this whole thing to be very bizarre

If you look just above the two blue reels on deck I believe the blue tubular is a hydraulic cylinder with its upper clevis center on the frame. With one cylinder of that size on each side I’d think thats suitable for uprighting the frame. Looks like a pile driver, so as long as the barge is properly ballasted their shouldn’t be much of a balancing force on the rams.

No matter how it goes up I’m sure there would be locking pins to secure in the up position.

It looks more like a Henway.

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Its more than a henway…

It sounds like its crane/piledriver for a bridge project. If you open it in Chrome/on mobile it’ll translate it from Croatian to English. There are 2 support barges and 2 test pilings on there too.

Edit- there’s a short vid with some better angles on the site too.