Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pieces

Transporting part of a motor yachts, LivornoSlowly pushing a barge with a heavy load, this boat is crossing the port of Livorno in direction of the Benetti shipyard. These are parts of the steel hull of one of the next superyachts, a 60 meter marked FB256, to be launched in 2010.
Benetti Yachts shipyard, LivornoIn the distance, on the edge of the dry dock, a huge scaffolding is wrapped around the ungainly shape of a boat under construction.Benetti Yachts Xanadu, Darsena Nuova, LivornoIt is not easy to see, in these shapes of steel and in this scaffolded hulk, the early stages of something that will be elegant like the “Xanadu”, launched in 2008, here receiving its finishing touches inside the “Darsena Nuova”.

19 comments:

Baruch said...

The scaffolding is really impressive - helps you realize just how huge the boat is

Tash said...

I've never before seen scaffolding around a ship. Fascinating.

Hilda said...

The construction process must be fascinating to watch. I also like the pattern that the scaffolding creates. Think maybe you can get inside one of those gorgeous yachts to take some photos? :)

James said...

Ship construction is pretty amazing. I was in the Navy and saw a bit of it.
Those little tug boats can be quite strong and those beautiful boats on the bottom must cost a fortune.
Nice post.

Nori said...

Interesting picture!
Yesterday, I and my customer visited a shipyard to attend the lauching ceremony.
We could see huge tankers in front of us.
"Euro Trader" and "xxx Julia" were names of those tankers.
Yes, Owner was Itarian!

Saretta said...

That ship and its scaffolding are immense! There are shipyards here in Molfetta, but they build on a smaller scale, mostly fishing boats.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful to see that picture with ship construction! Thanks so much for sharing these great pictures and post!
'Léia

richard said...

The small tug is awesome, lol.

B SQUARED said...

I wonder who the owner will be? I'll be looking for her.

Halcyon said...

The water is so blue! I hope you'll post an update on that boat under construction.

brattcat said...

These shots are filled with such interesting geometry.

JM said...

Very cool post! The 2nd shot is really interesting.

With your question you made me realize I don't go to Sintra for a year or so! Living just a few kms away it is really a shame... I have to go there very soon to post some shots of one of the most beautiful places in my country. Thanks! :-)

Jacob said...

Wow! What a great series of photos! I didn't realize Livorno was a ship-making region...

The construction is something to behold.

The amount of money involved just blows my mind!

Ellie said...

Wow! That construction iron grid is so impressive! Do people walk on those or is it for machinery? Like a giant spider web around a ship :)

tapirgal said...

This is an interesting series for sure. I especially like the second one showing the boat in the scaffolding. It's so surreal! Also, is the water often as blue as it is in the first photo? We crossed from San Giovanni to Messina, and when we left, the water was really that color. It was amazing to me!

cieldequimper said...

Since I love tugs, I can only say that my favourite is the first photo.

Vogon Poet said...

@ Hilda - It's not easy, people buying this kind of boats don't like intruders. Try this: Benetti, click on Benetti Yachts, then on FB, select one of the available yachts and look for 'Interior Design'. Don't cry...
@ James - At those levels the price is about one million Euro for each meter of lenght.
@ tapirgal - The three shots are progressively coming inside the port, with the color of the water degrading accordingly.
@ ciel - I agree. I love any kind of boat, but tugs are my favorite. I have shot more tugs than seagulls and never deleted any photo!

richard said...

Posted a tug for You :)

Julie said...

Tugs are such endlessly fascinating things to watch at work. Like watching graders and cranes on a construction site. I agree with some of the others, that the second shot shows terrific lines already.