A Heavy-Lift Ship Is The Most Insane Machine Ever Built By Man (14 Pics)

It’s rare that we learn of the existence of something that is so extraordinary, it leaves us with our mouths open. This is one of those times.

A heavy-lift ship is a vessel designed to move very large loads that cannot be handled by normal ships.
This is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessels capable of lifting another ship out of the water and transporting it.

Like the USS Cole.

Or, say, a dozen other transport ships.

Or this oil rig.

Or this one.

This is the SBX-1. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar, which is a floating, self-propelled, mobile active electronically scanned array radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.

And it’s HUGE!

These are drilling rigs with a gridwork of iron below them creating a giant footprint to stabilize the weight. They jack up out of the water with those large legs.

And here’s three of them.