Ladies and gentleman, meet Prelude.
With a massive hull stretching 488 meters (1,601 feet) long, Prelude is so large that she cannot move under her own power, technically eliminating her from qualifying as a ship. Launched from Shell's dry dock in South Korea, the behemoth displaces an astounding 661,386 tons of water.
Essentially built to be a floating, moveable island, Shell is planning to tow Prelude from South Korea where it was launch to a spot 300 miles off the west coast of Australia and anchor her for the next quester century, where she'll act as a floating liquid natural gas (LNG) factory.
According to Trade Only Today, once put to work Prelude will produce more LNG than Hong Kong consumes in a year, equivalent to about 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The vessel is built to withstand extreme weather, up to a category 5 cyclone if called for.
She won't move during bad weather, instead using her three 6,700-hp thrusters to rotate into wind and waves.
“These are the things that the naval architects had to worry through,” Robert Bea, co-founder of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley, told the New York Times. “It works like a big-ass weather vane.”
NPR reports the South Korea company that built the Prelude, put the cost of the vessel at $3 billion back in 2011.
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