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Prosafe Safe Eurus Semisubmersible offshore platform visit

18 April 2017

Following a successful Engineering Careers Week presentation at school last term, a group of students from the Secondary School were provided with an exciting opportunity to visit the offshore vessel that is being built in Qidong shipyard over the weekend on 15th April. Students were thrilled by the size and scale of this floating vessel that is fitted with four separate thrusters that keep the ship floating near an oil rig under any weather conditions.

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Unlike the traditional ships in with engine powered thrusters, these are powered with electricity for much smoother operation. Large Siemens generators, titanium plates, large ballots and mart choice of materials for various parts of the ship were astonishing and inspiring for the students.

The application of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) subjects for building this ship with advanced technology of sensors to locate itself, cutting-edge choice of materials in marine engineering combined with laws of floatation made this vessel safe and stable. Jim Dexter, the Project Manager of the vessel displayed a vast knowledge about ship and marine engineering and shared his expertise with the students. He knew pretty much everything about the vessel and was able to explain to students how he started his career and what it entailed to gain an understanding of university choices.

This vessel is like a floating hotel that can accommodate 500 people offshore and hence, for Jim, safety is number one priority. Students were fascinated by high pressured water that was used in fire extinguishing system as opposed to using carbon dioxide (CO2) since CO2 causes suffocation. Students have had deep discussions and debated many issues associated with ship building and oil industry throughout the visit. We were proud of all of our Secondary students who attended the trip with the way they followed protocols and displayed intellectual engagement and curiosity.

Jim was very impressed by the level of interest and excitement students showed during the tour and Mrs Wallace was delighted to receive a very complimentary email from him about how well the students behaved.

We are very excited to offer increasing STEAM learning opportunities through our collaboration with MIT.