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How Irish Navy’s expertise saved 367 from 30-second sinking in Mediterranean
War-game exercises saved the day:
As the Ribs made their assessment of the situation and began reassuring those on board that help was at hand, the hopelessly overloaded vessel suddenly listed and sank. The sinking took just over 30 seconds. In those 30 seconds, the Captain of the LE Niamh took a number of instant command decisions that saved hundreds of lives. Most of the refugees cannot swim. Their life expectancy in the water would be measured in seconds.
The crew of the Ribs immediately began throwing orange lifejackets into the water – encouraging the now frenzied and milling survivors to cling to them. Individuals, then groups clung to the lifejackets – and one another – as the Ribs rallied around trying to keep the floating human mass from dispersal into wider waters and almost certain death.
In the meantime, the commander of the LE Niamh managed to manoeuvre close in to the survivors where spare life-rafts were launched into the water. These 25-man inflatable life-rafts were specifically ordered and kept on board the LE Niamh following a “war-gaming” exercise, where the officers and crew envisaged such a nightmare scenario. Had this forward planning not taken place – there would have been no such extra inflatable lifeboats on board.
war-gaming  planning  navy  ireland  mediterranean  sea  boats  refugees  migration  drowning  liferafts 
august 2015 by jm
Sheets of Glass Cut into Layered Ocean Waves by Ben Young
I particularly love "Rough Waters" -- amazing stuff from this kiwi artist
sculpture  art  water  waves  sea  glass  ben-young 
april 2015 by jm
EcoJel jellyfish identification card
To identify the jellyfish found in Irish waters -- good, recognisable photos
jellyfish  identification  ecojel  ireland  sea  swimming  safety  id-cards 
august 2014 by jm
Layered Glass Table Concept Creates a Cross-Section of the Ocean
beautiful stuff -- and a snip at only UKP 5,800 ex VAT. it'd make a good DIY project though ;)
art  tables  glass  layering  3d  cross-sections  water  ocean  sea  mapping  cartography  layers  this-is-colossal  design  furniture 
july 2014 by jm
Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
Looks pretty persuasive, especially considering they hold a patent on the design
google  data-centers  bay-area  ships  containers  shipping  sea  wave-power  treasure-island 
october 2013 by jm
Werner Knaupp - Acrylbilder
my favourite art of the moment. Thick, heavy layers of acrylic black and white paint, evoking the stormy Atlantic (brr). Gallery Bode, which showed this in Nuremberg in 2011, wrote the following at http://www.bode-galerie.de/en/exhibitions/schwarz_weiss :

Gallery Bode is pleased to constitute the cooperation with Werner Knaupp with an exhibition of a new workseries. The exhibition showcases artworks out of the series "Westmen Isles". [...]

The journeys to Iceland are a background to the development of this new workseries.
These paintings are telling of a forbidding nature. The beholder can't take a [safe] position but he is involved into the event which becomes comprehensible in a nearly physical way. These pictures of a overwhelming nature could be traced back to Knaupp's confrontation with the force of nature while his journeys. The experience of this force pushes the limits of human being and evokes primal fear.
With the abdication of colours the artworks reach dynamic. This foots on the consistency of colour and on the changing between reality and abstraction.

In an art historical view the new black and white paintings detached themselves from traditional landscape painting. Werner Knaupp implements the pure force of nature into pure painting, to visualise the force fields of nature. The beholder experiences with these artworks a nature without human dimension. In Werner Knaupp's Oeuvre the "Westmen Isles" paintings are a new expression of his examination with existential fundamental questions.
germany  art  painting  werner-knaupp  paintings  monochrome  sea  iceland 
february 2013 by jm
Belgium plans artificial island to store wind power
' Belgium is planning to build a doughnut-shaped island in the North Sea that will store wind energy by pumping water out of a hollow in the middle, as it looks for ways to lessen its reliance on nuclear power. One of the biggest problems with electricity is that it is difficult to store and the issue is exaggerated in the case of renewable energy from wind or sun because it is intermittent depending on the weather.' 'The island is still in the planning stages, but will be built out of sand 3 km off the Belgian coast near the town of Wenduine if it gets the final go-ahead. The island, which would also work as an offshore substation to transform the voltage of the electricity generated by wind turbines, could take five or more years to plan and build.'
power  via:daev  belgium  wind-power  hydro  sea  islands  manmade  storage 
january 2013 by jm
The Captain of the Costa Concordia is Totally Screwed [OP/ED]
'For the most senior officer on board, the one who had been entrusted with the care and safety of this magnificent ship, his job was far from over. In fact the Captain had just added a new job title to his resume, that of ON SCENE COMMANDER. But apparently he didn’t realize it because he took off in a lifeboat, leaving this giant steaming pile to be picked up by the Italian police and Coast Guard who are continuing to search for survivors, and prevent looters from gaining access. The Captain didn’t just take off in a lifeboat, he left the entire scene completely.' oh dear. (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  disaster  ineptitude  maritime  boats  tourism  giglio  sea  sinking  liners  safety 
january 2012 by jm

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