Then put it out to sea. That’s essentially what Shell did today with the launch of the 1,601-foot Prelude mega-ship.
At 600,000 tons and 243 feet wide, when the Prelude left its dry dock
in South Korea after a year-long build, it unseated the Emma Maersk
(1,302 feet) as the world’s largest ship. But calling it a ship is
almost a misnomer. The Prelude is a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility that will be posted off the coast of Western Australia and will stay there for the next quarter-century.
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