The world around us just keeps on evolving more and more, to points that we even have no idea it was even possible. Sure, we do have our smart phones and computers and see the difference they now have from 10 years ago, but that’s not the point. Things are just incredibly different year after year, and it’s hard to keep up with all this technology – even dough we don’t have to, it’s fun to do so. New inventions are created just to solve problems that, some of us, might never even imagine existed. Let’s look at this new amazing invention, the heavy-lift ship. Let’s imagine, for example, a company needs to get 15 ships on the other side of the planet to carry a few cars from one side of the ocean to the other. Sure, they can just sail the ships there one by one, but this will certainly cost them incredible amounts of money and that by itself could make the whole operation worthless for the company. There is a clear solution that we never knew existed: the heavy-lift ship. These can even submerge into the water in order to lift other ships and carry them around. If we follow our example, with the use of these ships, the company would be able to save up a lot of money in fuel and in other operational costs.
A heavy-lift ship is a vessel designed to move very large loads that cannot be handled by normal ships.
This is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessels capable of lifting another ship out of the water and transporting it.
Apparently it was created by a Bremen based company that saw a huge demand of shipments for assembled locomotives. These could be carried by normal ships but the costs of the operation were huge and they weren’t making a lot of profit. As such, they created the world’s first heavy-lift vessel called SS Lichtenfels. This company, DDG Hansa evolved after World War II, becoming the number one company in the world when it came to heavy-lift ships.
Like the USS Cole.
Unfortunately, soon after their success and after marking the history books with their names, the company DDG Hansa went bankrupt. After this occurrence, only Dutch companies managed to keep on being heavy-lift ship specialists, making them unique in the market. Hopefully, these companies won’t go bankrupt like DDG Hansa did, because this invention is simply amazing. This is the SBX-1. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar, which is a floating, self-propelled, mobile active electronically scanned array radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.
Sure, you didn’t need to know about the existence of these amazing ships, but now that you do, you got a little smarter. Plus, this makes us wonder: what else is out there we do not know about?
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