French architect and ocean enthusiast Jacques Rougerie has designed the world's first vertical ocean ship called the SeaOrbiter.
The 167 foot tall vessel, which is solely powered by the winds and currents, will allow 18 crewmembers to spend up to six months in the ocean without returning to port. This would allow oceanographers to study the ocean in a different way. Further, Rougerie envisions astronauts using the SeaOrbiter for training.
The $43 million construction project is expected to begin in September and should set sail by 2012.