Apparently it’s made of foam…
The comments on the story seem to agree that it’s a floatation collar for a pipeline of some sort.
It kind of looks like some kind of buffer/support for a large pole or pillar that would be inserted at the top. The foam, when new and flexible, would have some give to it and a cushioning effect for whatever was inserted into it at the top.
Just a hunch. :shrug:
Insulation for a deep sea oil production riser? Like this product pictured here? http://www.afglobalcorp.com/products-and-services/production/insulation
There can’t be too many places that make foam products that big. I bet a few calls by a reporter could have eliminated this mystery.:rolleyes:
(I deleted my rant about investigative reporters)
A few weeks back, komolono was trying to make an enclosure for deep sea ( albeit that was with concrete). Maybe this was his first experiment.
Jokes aside, crude oil produced offshore requires pipes to be insulated until it is processed. This is because crude oil has waxes that would otherwise congeal and foul/ block the pipelines. This is a piece of that.
Only caveat I’d have is that most pipe floats (like for dredging - I’m familiar with ones used in offshore diamond dredging) are in two halves - semi-cylinders which clamp around the pipe - whereas this looks like a complete cylinder. I’m not saying the semi-cylinder is the only kind, though. But I’m more inclined to say it’s from a buoy or similar.
So THAT’S where that thing got off to…
Definitely not aliens then …
We used to have large blocks of foam from which various cushioning devices were fabricated. These blocks were about 10 feet long and 3 or 4 feet wide. I forget how thick they were, less then the width. There was a large air powered saw to rough cut them. It operated like an electric carving knife or hedge trimmer with two scalloped blades that reciprocated. It sounded like a machine gun when we tried it.
I’d guess it’s some kind of floating donut fender.