Cheniere International, just a day’s sail away from its Texas hub, could easily fill a pair of tour buses, if only they were not so close to one another. Built in Japan by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, it tops out at 80 meters (262 feet) long and measures up at 27 meters (82 feet) wide and nearly two meters (6 feet) high at its highest point. It weighs in at 33,374 tons, which makes it nearly twice as heavy as a tanker. The ship has 396 luxury accommodations and is thought to be the world’s largest pure aluminum floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. With power in excess of 5 megawatts, the Cheniere International can carry up to 34 cargoes at once, providing enough fuel for the equivalent of five 747 jumbo jets. The world’s second largest, the Foss Maritime Convest III, is a bit more comfortable for most guests, with 40 rooms for up to 160 people and contains five restaurants and 80 private cabins. However, you will only have access to the restaurant and the lounge if you have a valid discount ticket. Foss Maritime came in at third in the Top 10 list of the world’s largest ultra-large-yacht owners. At 61.2 meters (213 feet) long, Convest III is bigger than any yacht this year – and has the capacity to hold 13 passengers and 16 crew members. In fourth place, the skipper of America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA gave the superyacht’s builder, Hartmann, high marks for making sure the vessel has a boat-like feel. However, there are no running water or toilets. It’s all hydrogen powered.
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