World's Largest Ship Launched

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC has launched the largest floating vessel on Earth.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has launched the largest floating vessel on Earth.

The 16 hundred and one foot long ship is named the Prelude, and was built in a dry dock shipyard in South Korea, to be sent down off the coast of Western Australia, where it will be working as a floating liquefied natural gas facility.

The Prelude is larger than the 13 hundred foot long Emma Maersk, which previously held the record for the world’s largest floating vessel.

Shell’s Prelude will begin working 300 miles offshore from Broome, Australia by the year 2017 and is scheduled to remain there through 2042.

It will pull natural gas from the Earth, process it at a rate of 3 point 9 million tons annually, and unload it onto smaller tankers so it can be brought to the mainland of Australia.

The gargantuan measurements of the ship include a 305 foot tall turret, and a holding tank capable of processing the equivalent of 175 Olympic size swimming pools of liquid natural gas.

It is also equipped with three 67 hundred horsepower engines, and is reportedly outfitted to withstand up to a category 5 hurricane.

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