This story has everything. It has giant ships, big waves, lots of metal, and, of course, a drone.
This is the Nb. 423 ‘M.V. Greenland’ being launched on October 31, 2015. It’s an LNG-powered cement tanker–one of the first of its kind–, which means a pressurized LNG tank is incorporated in the hull. Utilizing the liquefied natural gas is the most environmentally-friendly solution currently available, and though they don’t expand on exactly what future emission criteria for ships might include, the company insists this bad boy is future-proof.
It was built by Ferus Smit, a Dutch shipyard with 100 year history of building ships. They complete between six and eight ships annually with a crew of about 200 people and all the work from CAD to launch is done in house.
This particular tanker is one of 12 designs the company has and offers a fully automated cement loading and unloading system and can transfer the cement to shore through a closed piping system.
There’s just something so satisfying about simply shoving a wildly expensive piece of machinery into a canal and then watch the waves charge towards bystanders who are just the perfect distance away. Oh, and the whole thing was filmed via DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone.
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