This freighter is going to be transporting rocket stages back to the US, having left from a US port correct?I am curious to know whether BO plans to re-flag it to the US and operate it under the Jones Act, because I am not sure if it will be exempt from the Jones Act or not. Jones Act means US mariners crew the vessel instead of foreign crew, this vessel is currently a foreign crew.
Stena Freighter pictured at Port of Pensacola!https://www.instagram.com/p/BpFw4EYj67C
Gotta possible Stena Freighter scenario unfolding: https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2018/10/24/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-rocket-landing-ship-docked-pensacola-port/1739488002/
However, at the Oct. 11 City Council meeting, Jack Burglund with Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services said on top of being scheduled to bring in seven oil tankers for refit and repair to the Port of Pensacola, the company would have a major announcement soon. ... "We have an absolutely huge announcement to make probably within the week," Burglund said at the Oct. 11 meeting. "Unfortunately, both me and Offshore Inland are locked into a non-disclosure where we can't announce the name of the company, but we did sign a contract that will have a vessel arriving here next week for upwards of two years. That will be working between 50-75 people a day." Crews could be seen at the port loading large pieces of metal onto the ship on Tuesday.
What would they possible do with a ship that needs a major refit?
Quote from: Chasm on 10/26/2018 10:09 amWhat would they possible do with a ship that needs a major refit?I think building a landing platform, and possibly stage storage, cranes, etc, below it, would count. But, two years? Gradatim!
I think anything on the ship that is soft can be put below or behind a couple of inches of steel. My guess is that this ship will be extensively modified. It will be interesting to see how B.O. practices for landings. Will they splash a few boosters like SpaceX did? Or will they go right for an attempt on the ship?