Cargo ship launch nearly swamps spectators as huge wave surges across road

Cargo ship generates a mini-tsunami in the Netherlands.

When a 360-foot cargo ship is launched sideways from its dry dock into the water, it figures to generate an impressive tsunami – and onlookers had better watch out.

The accompanying footage shows the MV Greenland being pulled into a channel in Westerbroek, the Netherlands, for its maiden voyage, prompting some of the spectators to run for cover.

The 7,200-ton vessel was set afloat via what’s called a cross-launch technique, which is always dramatic with ships of this size.

The massive cement carrier is said to be the world’s first cargo ship to be fueled by clean-burning natural gas.

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