I am as guilty as anybody of thinking of Samsung as nothing more than a phone pirate. Probably more so. But of course they're much more than that. They also steal vacuum cleaner designs!
Kidding, kidding. Well, no, not really kidding. They actually do steal vacuum cleaner designs. From poor Professor Dyson, no less.
But they also do heavy engineering. Like massively heavy engineering, of the sort really only seen in The Thunderbirds, or maybe Pacific Rim. Improbably huge, monstrously heavy metal juggernauts of the sort that Shell commissioned to work the liquid natural gas fields off the North West shelf.
This beast is called the Prelude and will be holding station in one of the most active cyclone areas on the planet for over twenty-five years. It won't be hauling up anchors and hiding in port when a category five storm rolls through. It will just sit there smirking, "Come at me, bro." According to the PR chaff the Prelude will supply enough LNG each year to power a city the size of Hong Kong. This is the first of these vessels, but now they have the template down, apparently they're just going to roll 'em off the line like mobile phones. (Mobile phones which look strangely familiar. Can't put my finger on why.)
Anyway, I love this stuff.