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Photo Details
Photographer:Cisco [View profile]Title:Blue Marlin and SBX-1Added:Oct 18, 2020
Captured:December 18, 2005IMO:9186338Hits:376
Location:Magellan Strait Area, Chile
Photo Category: Heavy Lift Vessels
Description:
Westbound in Estrecho de Magallanes.... south of Peninsula Cordova.

On passage from the builder's yard in Texas to Pearl Harbour.

More about SBX-1 here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-based_X-band_Radar
Vessel Identification
Name:Blue Marlin
IMO:9186338
Flag:Curacao
MMSI:306589000
Callsign:PJFM
Technical Data
Vessel type:Deck Cargo Ship
Gross tonnage:51,821 tons
Summer DWT:76,061 tons
Length:225 m
Beam:63 m
Draught:8 m

Additional Information
Class society:Det Norske Veritas
Build year:2000
AIS Information
Last known position:
6°34’57.35” S, 104°39’3.43” E
Status:Underway
Speed, course (heading):
10.8kts, 252° (259°)
Destination:
Location:Sgsin
Arrival:4th Oct 2020
10:45:36 UTC
Last update:
9 days 7 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 September 4th, 18:00:34 UTCCromarty Firth
2018 August 14th, 10:00:56 UTCLa Coruna
2018 July 20th, 18:00:37 UTCScheveningen(anc)
2018 July 9th, 08:40:49 UTCRotterdam
2018 July 1st, 13:00:49 UTCCulzean Field
2018 June 29th, 12:50:21 UTCAbeerden/uk
2018 May 4th, 02:00:29 UTCSgsin
2018 April 8th, 21:00:11 UTCSgsin Pwbga
2018 February 8th, 08:00:21 UTCPort Of Spain, Tt
2018 January 8th, 12:00:51 UTCMethil (gb Mth)
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Photo Comments (5)

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MattB on Oct 18, 2020 21:03 (10 days ago)
Sorry cisco, didn't notice the link. Had a quick read. Really interesting. So is it part of the US Navy or is it an independent "asset"? I notice it's part of the US Missile Defense Agency.
Cisco on Oct 18, 2020 20:51 (10 days ago)
SBX-1 details are in the link. It suggests that the 'hull' was built as a standard semi-sub and then fitted out as shown with that radar. I don't think they rebuilt an already completed rig.
That is as I understand it......
MattB on Oct 18, 2020 19:58 (10 days ago)
So she was built as a mobile radar station at the beginning ?
MO Roy on Oct 18, 2020 15:31 (11 days ago)
It is a mobile radar station, military purposes.
They rebuilt her.
Cheers,
Roy
MattB on Oct 18, 2020 15:16 (11 days ago)
What's with the dome? To protect the drill section?
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