Did You Know?
Ballast water used to balance ships can contain all sorts of living creatures, and this brings environmental risks.
The danger of transporting a species from one continent to the next can be reduced using ultraviolet light to kill off life, changing ballast in deep water and even ultrasound.
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While the world sleeps, giant container ships longer than football pitches plough the oceans to bring us food, clothes and gadgets.
If you were Captain of a Royal Navy destroyer under attack, would you handle the pressure?
Even when an emergency gives them seconds to think, crews are trained and experienced enough to do the right thing.
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The world would be a very different place without seafarers and the ships they crew.
Oil tankers, container carriers, fishing trawlers and cargo ships bring us food, clothes, computers and raw materials.
Find out all about these vessels that seafarers call home as they work the icy North Sea or sail the lonely waters of the Indian Ocean.sign up »
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I have been working for British Petroleum or B.P. as a Subsea Risers Engineer for four months. I assist the Subsea and Floating Systems team on a number of different projects working in countries such as Libya, Azerbaijan and Australia. The work ranges from computer modelling of oil and gas platforms with their subsea equipment to offsite Factory Acceptance Tests (commonly known as FAT’s). As I have just started at B.P. I have been on a lot of training courses. The next one I will be attending is the Offshore Survival Training as I hope to complete a one year placement on an offshore platform.read more »
I co-founded and run a business manufacturing wireless electronics for the leisure marine market. There was a gap in the market for solar powered electronics on dinghies – my brother and I were both keen dinghy sailors and we couldn’t understand why dinghies still used very old-fashioned glass ball compasses and no one had designed a solar powered digital compass – so we did it ourselves and started Tacktick in 1996.read more »
After long and serious consideration on what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to become a naval architect. I first studied physics at London University attaining a BSc Honours Degree. Physics is a wonderful ‘background’ subject for any of the sciences.read more »
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