Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Claw

What you see is a time lapse series of the fabrication, testing and the first salvage of an offshore platform by The Claw. Designed, built and operated by Versabar, it was intended to pick up junk from the seafloor and minimize the exposure of divers to working at depth. It uses a base frame that can be placed next to the object to be salvaged. The object is then placed on the base frame and lifted. Previously, such a salvage operation would require extensive underwater diving work to attach lift points and rigging.


JayNola said...

One of those special machines invented only because of terrible circumstances. Or was it the smaller one that they put together because of Katrina?

Old NFO said...

That is one impressive piece of equipment!