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How an oil and gas vessel ended up in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

An oil and gas supply vessel has made its feature-film debut – in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

The Harvey Sub-Sea, pictured above at the Shell MARS production facility in the Gulf of Mexico, can be spotted in the trailer for the blockbuster movie.

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The Harvey Sub-Sea in the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ trailer. Click to zoom

Plot details are under wraps, but the trailer shows sinister figures seeming to crawl up the ship under cover of night – bound to be breaching all manner of HSE regulations…

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“Namor the submariner” features as the antagonist in the movie, which opened on November 11, promising a heavy focus on the ocean.

Jack Fitzgerald, a broker at Clarkson’s Offshore and Renewables, shared a story on how the vessel, owned by Harvey Gulf International, came into Marvel’s view.

Posting on social media, he said: “It was March 2021 when I got a call from Marvel Studios searching for a Vessel to be filmed in an “upcoming project”.

“Now 20 months later finally seeing the results on the big screen was surreal. The Harvey Sub-Sea made its theatrical debut in the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film on November 11th, 2022.”

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In November last year, eagle-eyed YouTube user “goldenstrings studio” captured footage of the oil and gas vessel being used for Black Panther filming.

He shot video, at a distance. of the filming taking place off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, capturing several takes of helicopters landing on and being used to film the ship.

The 100-foot vessel was built in 2017, with gross tonnage of 8,417.

It’s not the first time that Marvel producers have looked to the offshore industry for support – the studio approached Aberdeen-based Well-Safe Solutions.

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The Harvey Sub-Sea in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer.

Four members of the visual effects team visited one of its vessels back in August 2019.

The team came on board the Well-Safe Guardian, stationed at Nigg in the Cromarty Firth, to shoot “textured photography”.


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