Thursday, February 18, 2010

Castoro 7

Eni Saipem Castoro 7, LivornoA sea monster has arrived in the waters of Livorno: it is the 168 meter long and 68 meter wide “Castoro 7” (Beaver 7). The beast will stay around for a while and it is not made of chocolate.Eni Saipem Castoro 7, LivornoWith a plethora of ancillary boats, it is laying pipes for a LNG FSRU (Liquefied Natural Gas - Floating Storage and Regasification Unit). This means an off-shore converted gas tanker unloading liquefied natural gas from other tankers, bringing it back to gaseous state and feeding it ashore.Eni Saipem Castoro 7, LivornoTo take these pictures from the beach of Tirrenia, I had to venture on hostile Pisan soil, with the help of my friend Paolo, a native.

See also: Castoro 7 (Eni Saipem)

25 comments:

B SQUARED said...

LNG is becoming more and more popular.

brattcat said...

Monster is an apt description.

Jacob said...

I hope you weren't arrested on that "hostile" shore! My goodness, this is a beastly-looking thing. I suppose it's doing a necessary job, though.

James said...

That thing is huge, but people need energy and it's kind of a cool looking monster. :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

that is gigantic!
you really went the extra mile to capture this photo VP, thanks.

Luis Gomez said...

It is huge! Great shots.

Gunn said...

Interesting and great shots VP!

Dina said...

The massive scale of it all!
Sea monster is an apt description. What a gas!
Glad you returned unscathed from hostile Pisan soil. :)

joo said...

I like the expression 'sea monster' - it relly looks like it:)

Hilda said...

Oh wow, I would love to get a tour and see how everything works! That would be so fascinating!

Halcyon said...

It is quite unsightly. I hope it won't disturb your normal views out on the waters.

Cezar and Léia said...

You are a brave photographer dear VP, I liked a lot your idea about sea monster, genius! :)
Hugs
Léia

Kaori said...

It really DOES look like a sea monster! The theme of Jaws came to mind ;D

Lois said...

It looks a little scary to me!

Saretta said...

Is this a good thing, ecologically speaking?

Stine in Ontario said...

It does look like a beast - good description. I hope it doesn't act like a beast and leave a mess.

VP said...

@ Saretta - Most people think it would be, but some groups are fiercely opposed to this project, citing safety and security issues.

JM said...

A sea monster indeed!

Paula said...

Gracious, that is impressive! If you hadn't told me what it was I would have thought the ship was trying to ingest a bridge!

VP said...

@ Paula - Not a bad description...

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

It does look like a bridge-gnawing monster... I am afraid morre and more coastlines are going to be "decorated" with these in the future. However, I hope you had a safe return from those wild Pisan beaches!
(I go away for a few days and now I see I missed the chocolate salami, sweet cannoli, the marzapane fruits, chocolate tools- and a coffee pot made of chocolate! Thank you for the delicious photos!)
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Wolynski said...

Wow, that's huge. Do people live on it like they do on oil rigs? Looks quite menacing. Love the bottom photo with the wave breaking.

Ilse said...

I just love bric-a-brac. And you can post the benches. Whenever I see a good one I take a snanpshot with you in mind.

Ilse said...

This is amazing!

Andreea said...

It does look like a sea monster with those cranes as heads. We all appreciate your courage, stepping on hostile territory is no small matter :)