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Many thanks to Zee Bart for sending along these photos he took in Ijmuiden, the port where the locks are at the west end of the North Sea Canal, the waterway linking Amsterdam with the North Sea.  Check out the dredge.


This dredge started life as a container ship, Gerd!  After 78 days in drydock and 22,000 hours of skilled work, the container ship became a dredge.  See more detail here. Yed Prior is a star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

Rollingstone is another conversion story, also spotted near Ijmuiden.

You can probably see what her earlier incarnation was when she worked for Dockwise . . . now Boskalis.

Of course, she was a semi-submersible heavy lift ship.  She was called Super Servant 1, and now she’s a pipe burying vessel. 

Thanks to Zee Bart for sending these along.  More Zee Bart (aka Sea Bart) here.

I have done “second lives” posts about transformations like these.

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