This is what modern platform ships look like, particularly out in Brazil. It is a GPA 688 SCT. I don''t know what some of the initials stand for but GPA stands for Guido Perla and Assocates, a Seattle naval architects, who have designs a number of offshore vessels. This ship was built in 2015 in Brazil. It is 90 metres long and has a cargo deck area of more than 900 m2. Its four main engines develop 11153 bhp, which means that at an economical 10 knots it consumes 17 m3 a day. Quite a bit! I notice that it only has a total of eight portholes, so I assume that the crew are mostly kept in the dark.

Photo taken by Jan Plug on 24th October 2018 and posted here on 9th November.


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