July 7, 2014 by T Parker Host Admin

Acting as agents on behalf of Drummond Coal, T. Parker Host, Inc. worked to bring in a heavy lift cargo to Norfolk, Virgina in late June 2014.

The cargo, a pair of cranes, was making the return trip to the area after being shipped to Colombia, South America two years ago.  Host acted as agents during that call in 2012.  The cranes were unloaded at a local terminal but ultimately will be sent north to Baltimore, Maryland.

The vessel that returned the cranes, the "Talisman", is a semi-submersible vessel capable of carrying the heavy lift cargo in barges. The photos below, taken by Nate Morgan, show the unique process of unloading the barges by sinking the main vessel.  The "Talisman" is designed to take in water to storage tanks and completely submerge its top deck. Then the barges are disconnected and tugs come in to remove the now floating barges.  After the process is complete the vessel will pump out the water with high force.

</a> Cranes being carried into port by the semi-submersible vessel.

Cranes being carried into port by the semi-submersible vessel.

</a> Preparing to disconnect the barges from the deck of the Talisman.

Preparing to disconnect the barges from the deck of the Talisman.

</a> Tugs removing the floating barges from over top of the submerged ship.

Tugs removing the floating barges from over top of the submerged ship.

</a> A view of the submerged deck after the cargo has been off loaded.

A view of the submerged deck after the cargo has been off loaded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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