AMT Explorer seen here outbound from the Port of Tyne (North East England) on 25th March 2008 - bound for Liverpool having had modules fitted at the AMEC Yard on the Tyne.
Photographed from North Shields Ferry Landing.
Being towed by BANCKERT - IMO 7230135 - see separate photographs in TUGS Category
Originally Launched as Abeille 902
Type of ship : Pontoon - Cable layer
Year of build : 1984-12 Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. - Southwick, Sunderland Yard/hull No.: 1427
Hull Material:Steel; Hull Connections:Welded; Decks:1 dk
Converted from: Deck-Cargo Pontoon, Non-propelled-200709
Owner: Augustea Group - Naples, Italy
Operator: Anchor Marine Transportation - London
Length Overall 91.720
Length (Reg) 87.780
Breadth Extreme 30.760
Breadth Moulded 30.480
"Explorer is an offshore transportation / cargo barge that has been equipped to carry out cable installation operations in the coastal and near shore zones. The barge requires towing and anchor handling support vessels
when under tow and when carrying out operations but is otherwise,
self sufficient for twenty four hour per day continuous installation operations."
Full specifications can be seen @ www.oceanteam.nl/download/specs_clbex.pdf