Truck boards a ship by wildly driving down two thin wooden planks

This doesn’t seem like the most efficient way to get a car onto a ship but who am I to judge? It’s not like the planks were going to break or the wheels of the car were going to run off the edges or that anything could possibly slip out of position or anything like that could happen, right? » 5/26/15 10:03pm 5/26/15 10:03pm

It took almost 100,000 pieces to build this 10-foot Lego hospital ship

Michelangelo’s David might be the penultimate example of Renaissance sculpting, but Arjan Oude Kotte’s MS Jutlandia is the penultimate example of Lego shipbuilding. At ten-feet long and five-feet tall it was built using somewhere between 90,000 and 100,000 pieces of Lego, and at that size it’s the perfect scale for… » 4/28/15 1:51pm 4/28/15 1:51pm

Navy Builds Ship For F-35, Ship Needs Months Of Upgrades To Handle F-35 

The Navy’s USS America, the first of her class, was controversially optimized to handle the F-35, leaving out the multi-purpose well deck traditionally found on ‘Gator Navy’ flattops. Now, just months after her commissioning, she already needs 40 weeks of upgrades just to handle the very aircraft she was designed for. » 4/14/15 10:41am 4/14/15 10:41am

The mesmerizing ballet of container ships moving around a shipping dock

What's great about this time lapse that shows a container ship moving around a dock is that it's not doing anything special and yet, the carefully orchestrated ballet of dropping off shipping containers is almost hypnotizing to watch. You get to follow the ship from dock to dock and see other boats move around it too. » 3/26/15 9:30pm 3/26/15 9:30pm

USS Ross guided-missile destroyer looks like it has its own force field

Here's a really cool photo of guided-missile destroyer USS Ross ripping through the Mediterranean while under high wind conditions. To me, it looks like the warship has activated a force field around it and is impenetrable to everything. In reality, however, the destroyer is drenched. » 3/23/15 11:34pm 3/23/15 11:34pm

World's Largest Container Ship Has Four Football Fields of Deck Space

Samsung might be making waves at Mobile World Congress with the new Galaxy S6, but that's nothing compared to the waves that will be produced by what the company's Heavy Industries division is working on. It recently announced that it will be building the world's largest container ship, over 1,300-feet long, for… » 3/03/15 11:45am 3/03/15 11:45am

The Navy's Newest Linux-Powered Command Center Is Right Out Of Star Trek

The DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer could very well revolutionize the way the Navy does its surface warfare business. One of its biggest innovations is ditching the cramped, darkly lit Combat Information Center (CIC), a fixture for many decades on past USN combat ships, and replacing it with the state-of-the-art,… » 1/29/15 3:19pm 1/29/15 3:19pm

These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the U.K.'s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. » 1/21/15 10:26am 1/21/15 10:26am

These fire hot giant chains look like they're being made in Mordor

I'm halfway certain that there is sorcery from Middle Earth involved in building this humungous chain. But it's pure human ingenuity. The chain is meant to be used on Shell's Prelude project (a floating liquefied natural gas platform) which is basically some ginormous platform that's permanently moored offshore. » 12/24/14 11:11pm 12/24/14 11:11pm

The World's Most Futuristic Cruise Ship Made Me Miss the Past

I woke up in a strange place. The bed felt plush, and when I rolled over onto my side, there was water, an ocean full of it. I felt slightly sick. I'd just spent my first night on the world's most advanced cruise ship, but a billion dollars worth of technology is no match for the Atlantic Ocean. » 11/18/14 12:00pm 11/18/14 12:00pm