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Over the weekend, residents of Pensacola have had an interesting view in the port: on Friday, the massive “Versabar 10,000” docked at the Port of Pensacola. Given rough waters in Louisiana and Alabama, Pensacola was chosen a docking location for the vessel, making it the first time that any apparatus of its kind made it to the Port of Pensacola.

The Versabar 10,000 is a massive double arch structure made of steel and anchored to two barges in a catamaran-style, permitting the enormous steel structure to be transported throughout the Gulf of Mexico. At 240 feet tall and weighing over 6,000 tons, it truly is a sight to behold.

So what exactly is it going floating into the Port of PEnsacola? In short, the mission for the Versabar 10,000 is to clean up hurricane-damaged oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel is capable of lifting 7,500 tons of scrap metal from as far down as 400 feet. This enables the rig to more quickly clean up the Gulf after a hurricane as compared to a typical piece-by-piece approach. Once lifted from the ocean floor, damaged oil platforms can be placed on barges and shipped off for salvaging.

Only in the Port of Pensacola for routine labor, the Versabar 10,000 is set to leave port on Tuesday.

About the editors: This blog entry is provided as a service of the personal injury law firm Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Echsner & Proctor, P.A.

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