In March 1980, the oil rig the Alexander Keilland sank with the loss of 123 lives. At the time I was on a derrick barge not far from the scene. Part of the problem was that the rig listed before sinking, meaning that the lifeboats were unusable on two sides. On reading about the Costa Concordia this week and how the lifeboats were unable to be launched because of listing, one of my thoughts was “31 years later and this is still happening?”
So the area of focus is: how to have functioning lifeboats on a listed ship.
Could we have lifeboats inside the hull?
Could the inner structure of a ship be tube-shaped and be able to spin and maintain a horizontal position when the outer structure lists at an angle?
If anyone would like to contribute either in organizing an approach to this problem, or in contributing an idea please feel free. Thank you.
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