The world's largest catamaran - the Pieter Schelte - to be used in offshore oil work and pipelaying. $3 billion and a larger version is already being planned.
Length overall (incl. tilting lift beam and stinger): 477 m (1,565 ft)
Length overall (excl. tilting lift beam and stinger): 382 m (1,253 ft)
Length between perpendiculars: 370 m (1,214 ft)
Breadth: 124 m (407 ft)
Depth to main deck: 30 m (98 ft)
Slot length: 122 m (400 ft)
Slot width: 59 m (194 ft)
Topsides lift capacity: 48,000 t (105,820 kips)
Jacket lift capacity: 25,000 t (55,116 kips)
Stinger length (incl. transition frame): 210 m (690 ft)
Operating draught: 10-25 m (32-82 ft)
Maximum speed: 14 knots
Total installed power: 95,000 kW
Accommodation: 571 persons
Dynamic positioning system: LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22 and 2 x cJoy system
Deck cranes: 3 x Pipe transfer cranes of 50 t (110 kips) at 33 m (108 ft), 1 x Special purpose crane of
600 t (1,323 kips) at 20 m (66 ft)
Work stations: Double-joint factory with 5 line-up stations and 2 stations for combined external and internal welding; Main firing line with 6 welding stations for double joints, 1 NDT station and 6 coating stations
A candidate for the most beautiful wood framed bicycle - Ken Piper's road bike. Properly done wood framed bikes can have a wonderful ride and are durable. They're usually expensive and heavy. This one certainly would be expensive if ever sold, but it isn't impossibly heavy at under 10 kg.
He goes from trunk to trunk, crossing flawed candidates off his list.
"This one over here was struck by lightning," he says. "Who knows what kind of sound its violin would make?"
Then he finds a contender: "It shoots up perfectly straight. It's very cylindrical. No branches at the bottom. If you ask me, there's a violin trapped inside."
Mazzucchi takes out a manual drill called a borer, and twists it like a corkscrew through the bark. He listens carefully to the knocking sound the borer makes each time it hits a new tree ring.
Pulling out a core sample shaped like a pencil, he concludes the tree is an excellent specimen. A lumberjack chops down trees like this one and carts them to a lumberyard nearby, where the spruce is milled into sections.
Local instrument maker Cecilia Piazzi examines a piece of that milled wood, and declares it "magnificent."
"We use it for making the table — that's the beautiful part on the front of a violin or cello, with the soundholes on the surface," Piazzi says. "Yes, this piece is the right piece. I can tell just by flicking it."