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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 8:37:22 AM

Samsung floats world's biggest vessel

Mega structure: Prelude floating at Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Geoje. — AFP

Mega structure: Prelude floating at Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Geoje. — AFP

SEOUL: South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has floated a tanker-shaped vessel tagged as the world’s largest “floating facility” with a length greater than the height of the Empire State Building in New York.

A Samsung spokesman said yesterday that the 488m-long floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform – named Prelude – was set in the water at its southern shipyard in Geoje on Nov 30.

The vessel cannot be described as a “ship” as it is unable to move under its own steam and must be towed.

But its specifications are impressive.

Once completed, the facility will weigh more than 600,000 tonnes fully loaded, displacing the same amount of water as six of the world’s largest aircraft carriers.

Commissioned by the Dutch energy giant Shell, the facility is due to be delivered by September 2016. — AFP

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