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Supertankers are so cool. Click previous sentence for more information.
posted by thirteenkiller (43 comments total)

 
I concur. Supertankers are de facto awesome.
posted by antifreez_ at 9:56 AM on April 29, 2006


What can one say about Supertankers? They certainly are big. I would like a Supertanker filled with that sweet, sweet crude. Or rather, I would like a Supertaker filled with gasoline ['cause I don't own a refining facility], but that's too dangerous. It could dock in the river behind my house. We'd have to dredge it first. I would like a Supertanker filled with good coffee or nitroglycerin or yerba mate or red bull. Maybe all three in different sections. Add to that milk and honey and nectar and ambrosia. What is ambrosia, anyway? I want some.

I have decided that I really like to say Supertanker. Soo Purr Tane Kurrrr. Supertanker.

ps thx for the link.
posted by exlotuseater at 10:07 AM on April 29, 2006


That iWeb site is maintained by a man who loves supertankers.

Cool.
posted by perissodactyl at 10:11 AM on April 29, 2006


err. Web site.
posted by perissodactyl at 10:11 AM on April 29, 2006


MechaTank
posted by cloeburner at 10:14 AM on April 29, 2006


Yeah, I guess they're alright.
posted by esch at 10:21 AM on April 29, 2006


They're like trains, in that I don't think about them much, but when I'm actually near one, I am very impressed.

I'm always happy to see one person's preoccupation turned into a fun website like this. Maybe not "best of the web" but certainly "bread and butter of the web".
posted by everichon at 10:28 AM on April 29, 2006


I'm still looking for the Condoleezza Rice, erm, I mean the Altair Voyager..
posted by marvin at 10:31 AM on April 29, 2006


I would like to see all cruise shipsconverted into supertankers.

Thank you.
posted by ParisParamus at 10:32 AM on April 29, 2006


I agree wholeheartedly, ParisParamus.
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:33 AM on April 29, 2006


I would like to see all cruise shipsconverted into supertankers.

If you could come up with a way to make biodiesel out of humans, then you could have Soylent Oil made of cruise people!
posted by b1tr0t at 10:34 AM on April 29, 2006


exlotuseater: ambrosia
posted by blue_beetle at 10:39 AM on April 29, 2006


b1tr0t: You'd get light crude instead of biodiesel, but I think TDP would get the job done nicely.
posted by benign at 10:51 AM on April 29, 2006


Heavy transport ships are cool as well.
posted by sp dinsmoor at 10:56 AM on April 29, 2006


Click previous sentence for more information.

LOL!
posted by Balisong at 10:59 AM on April 29, 2006


Ooo sp dinsmoor that's a cool page.
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:02 AM on April 29, 2006


I thought the page was light on anything but pictures. There's little information there that I could see.

I didn't see anything about spills, either.
posted by JHarris at 11:09 AM on April 29, 2006


They're impressive, I guess. Call me when they get some kick ass rock walls.
posted by magwich at 11:10 AM on April 29, 2006


Reverse parking must be hell.
posted by peacay at 11:10 AM on April 29, 2006


I was waiting for her to say "EVOO" and giggle.
posted by stavrogin at 11:22 AM on April 29, 2006


Hey how much are they?

Seriously - I think I'd like to get one some day.

...I have an idea.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:56 AM on April 29, 2006


I mean - are we talking like... $5 million? Because that's doable. If they're like $50 or $100 million or something, probably not. But $5 million is not out of the realm of possibility.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:57 AM on April 29, 2006


Why buy just a yacht when you could get a yacht carrier? (from sp dinsmoor's above link).
posted by Staggering Jack at 11:57 AM on April 29, 2006


I'd rather have a container ship.
posted by delmoi at 12:09 PM on April 29, 2006


Disclosure of vested interest......anything you wish to know about yacht transport ... ask me I've represented the company in the yacht carrier link for 16 years.
posted by adamvasco at 12:11 PM on April 29, 2006


a new VLCC will cost you about 100 mil right now.
posted by JPD at 12:20 PM on April 29, 2006


Hey Baby_Balrog, maybe we could put our money together?
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:22 PM on April 29, 2006


anything you wish to know about yacht transport ... ask me I've represented the company

Wow, it's a small Internet afterall. So, um, after you've unloaded the transport ship, is there always one or two yachts left over whose owners forgot about them? If so, can I have one?
posted by Staggering Jack at 12:23 PM on April 29, 2006


Why buy just a yacht when you could get a yacht carrier?

I love vehicles that contain other vehicles. Is there a word for that?
posted by Orange Goblin at 1:02 PM on April 29, 2006


Orange: how about development arrested at age 7?

I actually agree with you, though...
posted by ParisParamus at 1:15 PM on April 29, 2006


Metavehicles, Orange Goblin?
posted by brundlefly at 1:46 PM on April 29, 2006


In younger days I used to have a 17' outboard skiff and run up next to them at high speed and slam over the bow wakes and along the side. Mammoths, a silent windowless building moving at high speed, leaving behind vortex whirlpools. This was in the upper Chesapeake where the channel was the width of two ships, they turned for nothing.
posted by stbalbach at 1:49 PM on April 29, 2006


"a new VLCC will cost you about 100 mil right now."

Fuck.

What about used? ...with financing?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:04 PM on April 29, 2006


I think we're going to need a bigger boat...
posted by fatbobsmith at 3:38 PM on April 29, 2006


The salvage value is listed at $238/ton delivered on the linked site. That would seem to indicate at least $10 million.. Greenpeace seems to think the price is a little lower (but it is hard to tell the unloaded weight of these things).

Most of the good stuff will have been removed by the time they goes for scrap though..
posted by Chuckles at 4:29 PM on April 29, 2006


used one not much cheaper. Wait a few years though and you should be able to get a single hulled one for pretty close to salvage. Which is really a function of steel prices.

You'd wait 2-3 years for new right now anyway.
posted by JPD at 5:34 PM on April 29, 2006


Still make for a hell of a housing opportunity...

Oh. Yeah. Your yacht. Nice.
posted by Samizdata at 5:37 PM on April 29, 2006


It'd be cool to have a supertanker, but my dream yacht is a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter. Repainted. Something about those boats is really cool.
posted by brundlefly at 5:41 PM on April 29, 2006


Supertankers are utterly insane.

thx thirteenkiller
posted by blacklite at 6:15 PM on April 29, 2006


So does peak oil imply peak oil spills?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:17 PM on April 29, 2006


Impressive marine engineering, but older supertankers can be a disaster waiting to happen. From a thread comment earlier this year: Where do supertankers go when they die?
posted by cenoxo at 12:24 AM on April 30, 2006


Paris Paramus:
I would like to see all cruise shipsconverted into supertankers.

Totally stupid, PP. If there are no cruise ships, the cruise people will pollute the nice places. Keep 'em cruisin!
posted by Goofyy at 2:25 AM on April 30, 2006


So does peak oil imply peak oil spills?

No.

That is, probably not. There are less and smaller spills now than ever. There has been a downward trend in the number and volume of spills for the past thirty years.

There are question marks though. The opening of the Stockmann fields in the Sakhalin Islands means shipping in one of the roughest seas, the Barents, in the world. The amount of oil the Russians want to move by ship is staggering. Two supertankers a day minimum around the north coast of Norway. This makes most people in the response business rather edgy.
posted by bonehead at 7:07 AM on April 30, 2006


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