Technically it’s not a ship because it’s so big it cannot move under its own power, but it is a sight to see, nonetheless.
Start with a 1,610-foot hull that displaces 661,386 tons of water.
This is Prelude, the world’s largest floating offshore facility ever, built for Shell Oil and recently floated for the first time. When it is put to work, Prelude will produce more natural gas than Hong Kong needs in a year.
It is designed to ride out extreme weather, thanks to three giant 6,700-hp thrusters that can turn it into the 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.”
It’s so big you have to see it to believe it.