Friday, April 8, 2011


In my previous article entitled: The Sinking of Titanic Ship and Lessons Learned from It, I describe some improvements in maritime regulations that are now practiced by ship crews. Titanic ship is the name of a passenger liner that sank into the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage, shortly after midnight on 15 April 1912 from Queenstown harbor in Ireland to New York in the United States of America. More than 1500 passengers and crews died during the accident which was caused by the collision between the ship and an iceberg. The rivet joints under the water were broken when the ship's hull plate buckled after the collision leaving significant gap between the shells where sea water began to enter. Even though many passengers had life-jackets, the temperature of the sea which was 28 degrees F (- 2 degrees Celcius) was unbearable for those who were floating on the sea surface. Many died of hypothermia.
RMS Titanic of White Star Line
RMS Titanic of White Star Line
Years after the worst maritime disaster, people still remember about the accident due to a lot of publications about the ship. There are books, news articles and films (documentary and fiction) that have been created about the most modern passenger ship of that time. Some websites even sell Titanic models to those who are interested in buying them and put them at homes or offices. Naval architects and marine engineers now have to implement certain technical rules stipulated by IMO (International Maritime Organization) and varoius classification societies to ensure that such accident will not happen again in the future. At the present moment, all of the passenger ships and cruise ships have to carry boats that can save all of the passengers and crews.
In addition to the improvements in the number of boats, the sub-division of ship's hull into smaller watertight compartments have been strictly enforced to avoid rapid sinking of ships when they collide with other ships or experience grounding with coral reef in shallow waters.
Maritime accident such as what the RMS Titanic had faced must not happen again. However no one can guarantee that all ships at sea are now completely safe. We still receive news on television where ships sank due to human error or bad weather. The recent one is the sinking of a refugee boat between Libyan and Italian waters where a lot of people have been missing until now. RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer meaning the ship was powered by steam engine. Mail steamer was a vessel that carried postal mails. A ship with that name must be a fast ship. That's the impression which we can get from the three letters of RMS.
Titanic is now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, pictures about her have been published on televisions and newspapers. A lot of new regulations have been made to improve the safety of life at sea and still a lot of ships sink.
Today, the largest cruise ship in the world, such as the Oasis of the Seas can carry more than 6,000 people. She is equipped with modern navigational devices, and manned by experienced crews. As the ship sails around the Caribben waters, the lessons learned from the sinking of the Titanic must continue to remind people who operate the Oasis of the Seas to run their ship carefully until it arrives safely on her next port of call.
Also read: Oasis of the Seas and Titanic Cruise Ships Size Comparison

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i think that this was a good article easy to understand (it was written in english not giberish like most articles):-)