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If you've been to Portsmouth or Southsea recently you will probably have seen something that bears a passing resemblance to an oil rig appearing in and around the harbour!

This photo was uploaded by John Scriven

The "rig" is Deep Diver 1 - a jackup barge owned by Furgo Seacore.

Deep Diver 1 is taking 27 core samples from the sea bed ahead of a major dredging project in 2014 to accommodate the navy’s two new 65,000-tonne carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The barge is moving around quickly and is spending around 48 hours in each location.

http://www.qhm.mod.uk/portsmouth/port/port-lntm?action=view&id=320

It's around half way through the six week project currently.

You can follow progress on Ship Finder - Deep Diver Vessel Track

The images taken below show Deep Diver 1 lit up and also explains how she is moving around so quickly!



Vessel Facts

Type: Dredger - Jackup Barge
Length x Breadth: 41 m X 20 m
Flag:
 United Kingdom
Call Sign: MQCX7
MMSI: 235007859

The Furgo Seacore fact sheet can be found here

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