huge drilling rig transport mega transports free documentary

an drilling rig is towed around the world by a single tug.

a brand-new drilling rig, worth 500 million dollar, has to go from south korea to europe. the problem: it is too gigantic for a heavy transport vessel. the solution: it’s being towed. by one single tug. it’s a true mega transport, halfway around the globe – all that in just 90 days.

the mega transport starts in ulsan, south korea. west bollsta was built here for 6 years – and is now ready to get to its operation site. but how should this beast be delivered? it’s 123 meters long and 76 meters wide. its maximum drilling depth: incredible 12 kilometers! way to bulky to be transported in a common way. surprisingly, a rather small kind of boat is best for the job: the alp striker – one of the strongest ocean tugs in the world.

the alp striker will pull the drilling rig across the oceans on arm-thick steel cables. they are so heavy that only the ship's own crane can move them. connecting tug and rig alone takes a whole day.
once the drilling rig is towed to the tug, they’re embarking on a journey never before seen: around the cape of good hope. navigation, pirates, wind and waves – there are many unpredictable challenges along the way. once they have managed them all, the destination is in sight: the canary islands.

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