Megastructures Series


This video by National Geographic demonstrates the how they try to to tap maybe the most inaccessible natural gas field on the Earth; five high-tech vessels complete a 1,800 sq. mile gas network. This network includes really incredible machines - a rig that drills wells miles under the water and a ship that lies pipeline on the oceans floor.

Straight at the heart of this project is the huge gas-processing platform called the Independence Hub, specifically designed to be able float in the stormy Gulf of Mexico keeping the personnel on board safe. This system will be technically able to produce the amount of gas that will be enough to supply about 5 million households in America.

The content of this video film was produced by one of the most respected NatGeo; since the approach used by the authors implied this video to be shown to the non-professionals, we may recommend it to a very wide audience...

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She is one of largest ships sailing our oceans. She is as tall as the ten-storey building. And in a year she travels two-thirds the total distance to the moon. In only twelve month time she manages to transfer nearly two hundred million standard shipping containers, a cargo worth four-and-half billion dollars, cargo that must be delivered intact and exactly on time - no delays tolerated.

Yet this huge ship has a crew of only twenty-two seafarers who have to be ready for any conditions, any emergency, and must be ready to defend their vessel. In short, an excellent and very interesting film for the enthusiasts of ship construction and amazing vessels of today, which they will definitely wish to have in their collection of marine videos.

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This episode of the Megastructures series by NatGeo is following a professional demolition team attempting to sink the famous aircraft carrier "USS Oriskany" with the ultimate goal to create the huge artificial reef, which in fact is the largest one in the whole world.

The team has to battle through the extremely thick and strong steel plating of the ships hull; the naval architects, divers, engineering units and demolition teams will discover the secrets of sinking the aircraft carrier and write another golden page in the history of marine demolition.

An excellent film about the remarkably large-scale project perfectly organized and realized. You definitely need to see that...

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Welcome to Yangshan which is currently on track to become the largest deep water port ever constructed, a twenty-kilometer quay with fifty berths over thirty kilometers out to the sea; it is linked to China by means of the second longest ocean bridge in the world, where massive cranes and cutting edge control systems and some very, very skilled, experienced and focused personnel are shattering records for the loading and unloading gigantic container vessels.

Spring 2007 - the Gudrun Maersk, which is one of the largest container ships on earth sails thirty-two kilometers off the Chinese coast. Her decks have about 3000 shipping containers, a multi-million dollar cargo. An thirty-two kilometers out at sea the crew of Gudrun Maersk is just about to put it all overboard at one of the biggest cargo facilities on earth.

The Yangshan deep-water container port. It will be years before this mega-port is finished, but Yangshan's docks are already more than three kilometers in length; on those docks, there are some of the world's biggest cranes, trucks and technically advanced control systems plus some of the world's best container operators waiting for the Gudrun Maersk...

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The world famous vessel "Freedom of the Seas" was launched as the largest cruise ship on the world and has the New Year's celebration to be done on board complete with the with the biggest ever New Year's Eve party ever held at open sea. The crew has just one week left to prepare.

Everything they do is new. They are going to face many unusual challenges. Freedom must be ready to handle almost everything - winds, storms, hurricanes, and even contagious diseases. This is the inside story of the first New Year Eve onboard Freedom of the Seas.

Will it be pleasant sailing or a nautical nightmare?.. This is something the producers of the film want to demonstrate and something we recommend you to have a look at...

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This film which also belongs to the popular "Megastructures" series presented by NatGeo, has been devoted to the famous Palm Jumeirah. This island which stretched almost six kilometers into the Arabian Gulf might actually be considered one the most fascinating engineering projects our world has ever seen...

In fact, we may say that Palm Jumeirah is vast enough to be seen even from Space. The interesting fact is that it was constructed only from rock and sand, threatened by earthquakes, winds and centuries of continuous erosion from the sea water, and it is truly remarkable.

Definitely recommended popular video giving the complete idea of one of the most famous human-made, or engineering marvels...

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This excellent and very interesting educational documentary film produced by NatGeo is devoted to the Port of Rotterdam, which is deservedly treated as one of the busiest ports on the Planet. Getting the biggest vessels in the world into dock without a catastrophe is the never-ending challenge faced by the workers of one of the most famous marine freeways of today.

Rotterdam is the European port and it is serving hundreds of ships every day with the aggregate tonnage exceeding million of tons; they cost more than a billion dollars. An interesting video for people willing to know how the shipping industry works and how the port operations are conducted by the example of this fascinating sea port.

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The present popular video film has been produced by the National Geographic team and is dedicated to the ice breakers. These are vessels capable of navigating in the harsh weather condition and passing through ice helping other vessels. Note that some of vessels ships can break the ice and transport cargoes at the same time, which allows their owners to make huge savings.

This film is intended to demonstrate the construction and operation of one of such ships, namely the world famous arctic containership with the length of 169 m. Just imagine, it took the builders almost a year to construct the vessel; the subject shipbuilding project was realized at one of the shipyards in Northern Germany.

Her name is "Norilsky Nikel". Please take spend one hour of your time watching this fascinating film about a very interesting ship. We do promise that you will not get disappointed if you have some interest in ships and shipbuilding.

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