Correct me if I’m wrong, but the whole idea of a ship is to float above the water, right? That might be true for most ships, but not this one. This ships is actually specifically designed to float just below the water, so it can do a very unusual job.
Known as a heavy-lift ship, this vessel is designed to be able to transport huge loads that simply couldn’t be carried by normal ships.
Pictured here is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessel that can actually lift another ship right out of the water!
For instance, the USS Cole.
Not impressed? How about a dozen other transport ships?
It can even carry these oil rigs!
Here we see the SBX-1. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar is a floating, self-propelled, highly complex radar station designed to operate in extreme conditions on the high seas. It’s a part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.
It’s also really big!
These drilling rigs have a gridwork of iron below them, which creates a giant footprint that helps stabilize weight distribution. A single one of these is absolutely massive...
... So here's the ship carrying three of them.
This is like the dream big rig to end all big rigs! It’s the ship that can carry virtually anything you can imagine. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we never knew we could use a ship this big until we needed it. Maybe one day there will be a ship that can take a dozen of these across the oceans.