Video: Semi-Submersible Vessel Dangerously Carrying Barges and Tugs to China

Though there are several videos out there showing massive semi-submersible ships carrying new oil platforms, naval vessels, merchant vessels etc., the one mentioned here is definitely different as it’s carrying ships and a lot of them to be sold as scarp in China. 

According to the description of the video, the old looking semi-submersible vessel is carrying log barges and tugs to be sold for scarp in China. The ship is in Canada and is preparing for a voyage to China. 


Semi-submersible vessels are meant to carry massive cargo but then there is always proper arrangement and lashing planned to ensure the stability of the cargo and the ship. However, the argument is that the ships, tugs, and barges stacked on this vessel look a bit dangerous and such arrangement can cause a problem during rough weather on its way to China. 

Watch this unique video of this semi-submersible ship carrying loads of scarp material. What do you think about the whole arrangement, let us know in the comments below. 

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  1. Okay, if not sink, plus the boat carrier looks very old and battered, almost better to be left as scrap when it arrives.

  2. Nothing wrong with the stability nor lashing.
    It’s probably been welded on deck of the semi-submersible.

    I see more problems in the structual strenght of the barges, especially the overhanging pieces.
    That’s a lot of weight, and I wouldn’t be suprised if this leads to cracks and eventually breaking.

    On the other hand, it is now oktober 2, well over two months later.
    I haven’t heard about any incidents so it must have arrived safely.

    Captain Jonathan Smith

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