This week we ponder how large container ships are able to withstand the unparalleled strength of nature. The answer?
We somehow imagine the steel used to construct container ships to be rigid and unbendable. It has a reputation for strength and toughness, and yet it is the steel's ability to flex - under immense forces - that makes large vessels even stronger. In what can only be described as engineering genius, designers and manufacturers utilise steel's flexing qualities to prevent ships from snapping in half in high seas. The result? Bigger and bigger container ships designed to withstand the worst of mother nature at sea.
Take a look at the footage below which documents the journey of one such container ship during high seas. Fast forward to the one minute mark and you'll see the hull twist and contort as each wave hits the vessel.