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Guang Hua Kou: One of World's Largest Support Ships 
China Heavy Lift Submersible Guang Hua Kou COSCO Heavy Transport
COSCO Heavy Transport
Guang Hua Kou
The Guang Hua Kou, one of the world's largest heavy lift semi-submersible ships, was launched in Guangdong on April 28, 2016. At 98,000 tons, it's one of the largest vessels of its size, anywhere in the world.
 
Guang Hua Kou
COSCO Heavy Transport
Layout
The Guang Hua Kou's massive deck, measuing 211.2 meters by 68 meters, can submerge under and then surface under (or vice versa) over large nautical cargo, like damaged warships or offshore oil rigs that can't travel on their own power,, offshore platforms by flooding its ballast tanks to lower its deck area underwater, humanitarian response, deep sea drilling and mining,  for transport around the world.
 
China Heavy Lift Submersible Guang Hua Kou COSCO Heavy Transport
COSCO Heavy Transport
Large Ships for Dual Uses
Heavy lift semi-submersible ships like the Guang Hua Kou are an important part of civilian and military maritime operations; in addition to transport outsized immobile nautical cargo like this offshore rig foundation, their large size makes them suitable as sea bases for staging amphibious military and humanitarian missions.
 
China Heavy Lift Submersible Guang Hua Kou COSCO Heavy Transport
COSCO Heavy Transport
A Heavy Future
The Guang Hua Kou is likely to be the first in COSCO Heavy Transport's increasing portfolio of high tech, special purpose large ships. While under civilian ownership and operated, the Guang Hua Kou is likely to be chartered in peacetime and war by the PLAN. Popular Science
 

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