Pushing Boundaries

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In 2004, the heavy-lift ship MV Blue Marlin transported the Thunder Horse PDQ semi-submersible oil platform from South Korea to Texas. The trip took 63 days as the route took it around the Cape of Good Hope. The 60,000 ton Thunder Horse PDQ is the largest oil platform of its type and is […]

Bizarre Powerplants

There’s No Replacement For Displacement

So let’s say you just built a supertanker, or maybe a giant cruise ship. You need to power it somehow. You start doing the calculations on how much power you need and you think to yourself, “Crap. I would need 15367 LS1 engines to make the torque I need to move this through the water. What am I to do?!”

Well, you start off by ripping everything off the hull so you can drop one of these bad boys in. Behold, the Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C.
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