What's that huge crane/barge doing in the Thames by Tower Bridge?

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Monday 7 February 2005 9.02am
Anyone have any idea what that HUGE floating crane/barge is doing sitting in the Thames next to Tower Bridge this morning?
Monday 7 February 2005 9.49am
The name of the barge is Resolution and according to the link below it arrived last night and will be here until Friday. It's just unfurled huge crane from it's decks, but I can't see from where I'm sat exactly what its doing!

http://www.portoflondon.co.uk/ships/index.cfm?site=maritime&flag=2
Monday 7 February 2005 4.07pm
I saw it last night from the Butlers Wharf embankment - I could not believe my eyes, looks like a Dr No plant!!! A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE!!!
Monday 7 February 2005 4.19pm
the crane seems to have refurled now, but I went past it at lunchtime, on the north bank and it's very noisy too...what is it for? Does anyone have any more info?
Monday 7 February 2005 4.27pm
Each of the six steel structures on the barge look about 80-90m high! Looks like it could form the structure of an oil rig....but why is it sitting there next to Tower Bridge???
Monday 7 February 2005 5.14pm
A quick scoot around the internet suggests that it's a very large "Jack up barge" that is used for onshore and offshore construction. Essentially, they work by moving the large piles (the six pillars) up and down until they are secure on the sea/river bed to provide a stable platform to work from.

There are a couple of pictures and some background information here

http://www.titansalvage.com/Titan%20Barges.pdf

Regards

Craig
Monday 7 February 2005 5.19pm
Here we go, now I know the name and the type of boat it is, I can tell you that it's a "Wind Turbine Installation Barge".

Full details can be found here....

http://www.ihcgusto.nl/pdf/inside_4%20november%20low%202004.pdf

It looks as though it was built to install wind turbines in the Thames estuary, and only recently came into service; it's probably going to be a regular feature up and down the Thames for a little while.

Regards

Craig



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 7 February 2005 5.23pm by Craig.
Monday 7 February 2005 5.29pm
Surely you wouldn't berth it in the Pool of London for repairs - there's noone left this far upstream capable of dealing with a vessel of that size?

I think one of these has been up the Thames before - for guided tours by delegates attending a conference on wind power somewhere in central London. May be something similar this time?
Monday 7 February 2005 6.10pm
Looks like the Resolution is about to start phase two of the Thames Estuary works - still not sure why she's up at the Pool though:

http://www.mmass.co.uk/News%20and%20Views/news0410.htm
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