The world’s largest ship has hit the water in South Korea.
The 1,601-foot, 600,000-metric-ton vessel, called the Prelude, is a floating liquified-natural-gas facility owned by Shell. According to the Telegraph, the Prelude, which floated out of dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, took a year to build. When it officially launches in 2017, the ship is expected to produce 3.6 million metric tons of liquified natural gas per year by extracting gas from underwater seabeds off the coast of Western Australia, storing it at a frosty -260 degrees Fahrenheit.
But its the sheer size of the Prelude that has people talking.
Yea so this mother fucker is big. And I mean really big. See for yourself.
Wowzers. That big bitch is 243 ft wide and 1,604 ft long. To give you a little comparison on how fucking big that is, it’s 150 ft longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Yea. It also has three 6,700-horsepower engines. Oh yea, and has storage tanks that have a liquid capacity equal to 175 Olympic-size swimming pools. And, just for good measure, it was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Basically this thing is Noah’s Ark, except instead of animals, it will have a bunch of Asians siphoning gas from the ocean floor.