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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:MSC SIXINAdded:Jul 09, 2019
Captured:May 22, 2019IMO:9839301Hits:1,136
Location:Okpo, Korea (South)
Photo Category: Ships under Construction
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This is how you make the assembly of a 400 meters hull in two months possible: one extra-large block has floated from China... :)
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IMO:9839301
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Emmanuel.L on Jul 13, 2019 04:03 (10 days ago)
My apologies lappino, in my earlier comment I attributed the photo to Volker, sorry mate.
Wonderful shot and equally great explanation
Regards
Emmanuel.L.(Malta)
lappino on Jul 10, 2019 06:33 (13 days ago)
Thank you all for your comments.

What is seen here is based on a principle that was known back in WW2, when yards could build an entire Liberty ship in less than a week.

Obviously, there is a several orders of magnitude difference in size, but the logic is the same: assemble ships from pre-fabricated parts in order to minimize the final assembly time.

Building large hull blocks in China has been a pretty regular case for Korean yards for some time now (but there are owners who explicitely forbid this practice, too!). They are shipped to Korea by large heavy lift vessels, like this one:

www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3003957

...and then floated into the dry or floating dock. Practice is not limited to container vessels, as there are VLCC tankers built in the same way, too.

There are some temporary modifications to the structure to make it watertight for the purpose: central pipe duct of large container vessels is closed by steel plates, but there are no other major things to be done. Yes, and there are temporary draft marks painted on the "mega-blocks".

Cheers

Vlad
Andrew McAlpine on Jul 10, 2019 02:58 (13 days ago)
Super and interesting shot Vlad,

cheers
Andrew
Brett Bachmann on Jul 09, 2019 20:16 (13 days ago)
Thank you @Vlad !
Emmanuel.L on Jul 09, 2019 17:59 (13 days ago)
No wonder European yards cannot compete bearing in mind also lower labour costs, less strikes, more automation in these far east countries.
thanks for sharing Volker
regards
Emmanuel.L.(Malta)
Juan de la Cruz on Jul 09, 2019 16:15 (13 days ago)
Being ignorant on the shipbuilding industry, I have to wonder how much of this Korean manufactured ship was made in China. Or is a hull section such as this considered "raw materials"?
MO Roy on Jul 09, 2019 13:00 (13 days ago)
Indeed a very nice shot, well taken with nice weather.
Cheers,
Roy
Brian Clayton on Jul 09, 2019 11:21 (13 days ago)
Fantastic photo, One picture explains so much. Thanks
lappino on Jul 09, 2019 11:11 (13 days ago)
Thank you Volker my friend!

Greetings from South Korea

Vlad
volker1948 on Jul 09, 2019 09:02 (13 days ago)
Very interesting shot my friend Vlad! Cheers,Volker
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