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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Flipping Ship

Scare not! The ship is not sinking!! It is just flipping its position!!!
This is FLIPresearch vessel (Floating Instrument Platform), the only ship in the world having the ability to flip from a horizontal position to a vertical position while at sea. The FLIP ship is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data.
FLIP is 108 meters long and weighs 700 long tons. During the flip, the crew stand on the outside decks. Scientists and crewmembers literally walk up the walls to stay upright. Suddenly, the aft side of the barge becomes its floor. That makes for some ingenious engineering feats in equipping its bridge, galley, crew quarters and scientific laboratory. Even its head, or bathroom, had to be constructed to operate in a vertical and horizontal position.

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