Massive cruise ship sliced in half to embiggen it


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/23/massive-cruise-ship-sliced-in.html


#2

Any engineering aficionados care to calculate what additional loads the extension will put on the hull and how safe doing such an operation really is?


#3

Somewhere, Wes Anderson has the weirdest boner. (me too, to be honest. I fucking love a good cutaway…)


#4

enzyte%20guy


#5

#6

Shouldn’t the term be ‘more bigly’ instead of embiggen?


#7

“Dangit, kid—we keep telling you, we split it in half on purpose!


#8

They are kind of built in big modules, so maybe, but… there is a tiny voice that says “remember the name of that ship and never set foot on her” But if it squeezes another nickel of profit by gum they’ll do it!


#9

They’re probably built in sections anyway. I suspect that it’s just a case of inserting another section.

There shouldn’t be much in the way of bending moments on a properly loaded boat.


#10

Maybe they forgot to put in the section when they first built it.


#11

That’s a helluva way to drain the top deck pool.


#12

This is kinda cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I51m3AI6hyA and shows how modular they are.


#13

I’m kinda picturing this…


#14

“That which does not sink you makes you larger.”


#15

I was goin to make a snarky comment, but then I remembered that I have absolutely no engineering experience.


#16

so that they can inset a 15 meter (50 feet) extension and increase the ship’s capacity by 15 percent.

Coincidentally, I’m experiencing a 15% increase in my desire to never set foot on a cruise ship.


#17

I’m in the same boat (pun intended); at some point years from now, there will be a news headline about a boat cracking in half in a storm, hundreds drowning, and I’ll say quietly to myself “wait, wasn’t that the ship they did the thing with the thing, once?”


#18

Paging Liu Cixin.


#19

By then, they’ll have changed the name many times.

e.g. Oriental Nicety, formerly Exxon Valdez, Exxon Mediterranean, SeaRiver Mediterranean, S/R Mediterranean, Mediterranean, and Dong Fang Ocean


#20

This is going to end well