Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Longer Urania

Research vessel Urania, IMO 9013220, port of Livorno
The 61-meter “Urania” is a research vessel of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council).
Research vessel Urania, IMO 9013220, port of Livorno
A few days ago the ship has been cut in half and additional pieces were inserted to bring her length to 67 meters.
Research vessel Urania, IMO 9013220, port of Livorno
A close up view of the cut with part of the new hull in place.

External links: Research vessel - National Research Council (Wikipedia) - RV Urania (Eurofleets2)

14 comments:

William Kendall said...

It looks like it's seen a lot of time in service already.

Revrunner said...

Great photos, VP! Does make me wonder what they needed the extra length for.

Randy said...

It looks huge out of water.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I have never heard about elongating a ship before VP.. I wonder why?

Karl Demetz said...

I did not imagine that ships could be cut in two parts...

Dina said...

That just sounds and looks incredible!

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmm. I'm not sure I would want to sail on a ship that had been elongated like that. I'd be afraid, very afraid!

Luis Gomez said...

This is so interesting VP.

Fotolosopher said...

That is astounding! I'd never think you could cut a ship in half and make it longer! As some other commenters have suggested, would that not weaken the structure so a very strong storm could tear the ship apart at the middle?

RedPat said...

Incredible!

Birdman said...

Must be a pretty valuable vessel to go to all that trouble.

Halcyon said...

Interesting. Does more boat = more research power?

Stefan Jansson said...

Would be fun to see them putting it back together again.

José Mendonça said...

Great series. So many details!