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Better ship design could prevent sinking ships

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Some ideas to tackle the problems of pollution and loss of life at sea.  Why not transport oil in large double skinned containers?  Filled before the arrival of a vessel they could soon be loaded, and in the event of an accident they would or could be made to float off.  The double skin would only have to have a small gap to enable them to float, the oil already being lighter than water; they then could be shepherded together and towed to shore.

No more huge oil slicks

Offloaded containers once pumped out could be cleanly vented and purged, and that would stop many accidents at sea.  A big advantage to shipping companies would be the vessel could carry other cargo if required, or even a mixture of cargo.

Don?t tell me, I know, it would probably mean spending a little bit more money.  After an oil spill a vessel may sink and can lead to loss of life, any ship sinking could have this outcome. Could the loss of life be improved, I think so.

While I was on a survival at sea course, it was made very clear to me that in the event of a ship sinking, survivors problems are far from over even if they manage to launch a lifeboat or life raft.  In most cases they will have to swim, albeit for a short distance, not a good thing in cold seas, and once they have clambered into the boat or raft they still have problems.

The problems...           

1. Keeping warm once wet
2. Are there enough provisions?
3. Where will they drift to?
4. Does the equipment work?
5. How long before rescue?

There has to be a better way, well I think there is and here are some possibilities that could work.

  • Design a vessel where all the upper decks are a vessel in there own right.
  • Design a vessel where the top deck is a vessel in its own right.
  • Design a vessel where the bridge is a vessel in its own right.

All three of these options are possible, however the first option would probably be far too costly.

The Life Bridge, a potential solution to survival problems at sea What I feel would go against the second option, is also the cost, but mainly it would be the difficulty in regard to a passenger ship, to get all the passengers to take up residence in this top deck.  It may be a deck normally used for dancing, but whatever its use it would now become the life deck, and I do feel that as the watertight doors were shut a certain amount of panic may set in.  Of course there would still be Life rafts in addition.

The Life Bridge would be of reasonable cost, if it helps to save lives.  Instead of single thickness of plating between the top deck and the bridge, it would be double.  All wiring from the bridge for engine room controls would incorporate outside the bridge a self-disconnecting junction box.  Other services could have similar connections, even self-sealing for water or drainage runs.

And finally...

Shipping and oil slicks Future vessels could be built with, or existing ones converted to have a Life Bridge or small life deck.  Either would incorporate a shallow bilge, angled to fit into an angled recess in the deck head below, and held solid with handle or wheel locks.  Services, electrical etc. would be joined with self-disconnecting / self-sealing connections.

The vessel would still have life rafts, but the crew who man the life bridge or life deck would once floated be in the position of being able to tie rafts to the structure and issue rations stored in the bilge.  Bridges and all the instrumentation could even be used again.

The Life Bridge would offer a greater chance of survival, but the question as to be would the shipping companies still think that this small increase in cost is not required.

Visit the followign web site for more artwork and information on the life bridge
http://www.artbydecart.co.uk


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MissEmoScene¬¬

MissEmoScene¬¬

Mr Hi... It wouldn't be okay... ¬¬ You idiot! We're the cause of this problem and if it dosen't become sovled to... You'll be chucked in the oil coated ocean ¬¬
11/09/09 MissEmoScene¬¬
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hi

hi

I thik we should do nothing it is a wast of time the world would be fine
07/09/09 hi
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colomboitaliano

colomboitaliano

This is a wonderfull article, but I think, as WEE HETA, that we can do more for the enviroment
09/03/09 colomboitaliano
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jon

jon

the idea should work if it works...and if it works, it will really work...
14/01/09 jon
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wee heta

wee heta

I think that we can do more to help the enviroment
03/12/08 wee heta
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Eilish

Eilish

yes this is a very bab influence for our youngs tommorow about oil tanks.Thats a good imformation/
26/09/08 Eilish
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I CARE

I CARE

Water Pollution does not only effect the dying animals around us but,also ourselves.We can make a diffrence, so lets do something about it!!!!!
03/07/08 I CARE
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ANGELA

ANGELA

I need information on animals for my project, but the animals are scared of humans as we are making their life worse & worse...help them.... don't make them scared.......
15/06/08 ANGELA
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Dark Spectrum

Dark Spectrum

I think that something should be done about sea pollution becasue hundreds of animals are dying because of US!!!!
01/06/08 Dark Spectrum
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saDly GirL

saDly GirL

this is very important because we have to save the planet and the turtles..!!! do not polluteee recycleee
lov yaa...
*PLEASE BE CONCIENT*
20/05/08 saDly GirL
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Wittle Wobby

Wittle Wobby

I feel very bad about the poor animals that die like this.
19/04/08 Wittle Wobby
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The Bad Touch

The Bad Touch

I need some help finding pictures for my report of Fresh Water Pollution. HELP
12/04/08 The Bad Touch
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sarofa

sarofa

this is a rather clever article, it has updated me with how bad the oil spills are and how I think we could prevent it, espesially if the oil containers float, that way they will not sink.
06/03/08 sarofa
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soulja  girl

soulja girl

I think that this idea will work but even the smallest mistake will cause an oil spill which affects our envionment, it affects the ocean animals, the birds that go into the water and other things. But if this were to work we would need some of the top builders or scientists to do this, like I said the smallest mistake could cause a new disaster.
10/01/08 soulja girl
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Saka T

Saka T

I don't think it really matters what the oil is transported in. There will be spillage and why? Because man is in charge and he's guaranteed to mess it up.
08/01/08 Saka T
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