Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What is it? (Part II)

Earlier in the year before I nuked the site I asked readers to identify a large object being transported on the Katy Freeway. I was amazed at how quickly a reader identified it as a wind turbine. Any idea what this is? The truck was headed inbound. I assume it was headed towards the Ship Channel.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Paul.

It looks like a swivel.

Maybe for a floating, but tethered, oil/gas platform.

Scott said...

Look at the one end to the left. It has a hook/clasp arrangement. So my guess is it hooks to something like a BIG crane and gets hooked to something equally big.

My guess, oilfield.

Anonymous said...

It's one of these:

http://images3.webpark.ru/uploads52/081101/atomic_weapons_03.jpg

Rob Dawg said...

Pylon clamp for a tethered rig.

Mike S said...

It's a big-ass swivel for use by a crane.

Joe said...

it's the hook and swivel from a traveling block on an oil rig. the hook holds up either the kelly or top drive. the swivel part connects to the sheaves.

Lou Minatti said...

Thanks, Joe. I figured it had something to do with an offshore rig, but wasn't sure. Next question: How much did it cost? :-)

Rorschach said...

Lou, if ya have to ask, you can't afford it....=D

Joe said...

http://www.davisrigequipment.com/SpreadsheetPrinterFriendly.htm

there's a few in the list, but the only one I see with a price is $135k, but it has the block on it.

I'm sure next month you'll be able to buy one for scrap price as rigs start to get stacked.