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Sinking of Titanic left valuable lessons

The sinking of luxury passenger liner Titanic on April 14, 1912 gave an important lesson to the ship builders world over ? that a ship merely by being double bottomed does not necessarily mean unsinkable.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 12:12 IST

The sinking of luxury passenger liner Titanic on April 14, 1912 gave an important lesson to the ship builders world over – that a ship merely by being double bottomed does not necessarily mean unsinkable.

Since then, all large cargo vessels carrying oil the world over have become doubled hulled rather than just being doubled bottomed as was the case with Titanic.

"The makers of great ship Titanic, which was at that time the largest and most luxurious afloat, had boasted that the ship was safest because it had double bottoms,” said Captain Unmesh M Abhyankar, Master Marine and Vice President of Gujarat Adani Port Ltd.

“But this belief was shattered when the Titanic hit the ice-berg and sunk during its maiden voyage en route to New York City from Southampton,” he added. The Titanic sank with about 1,500 lives at a point about 400 miles south of Newfoundland.

The sinking of Titanic gave a valuable lesson to ship builders world over and made them rethink on the technology. The official British inquiry into the Titanic disaster made 24 recommendations “with a view to promoting the safety of vessels and persons at sea”.

The recommendation was published in the British Parliamentary papers in 1912. Commonly referred to as Lord Mersey's Report, the recommendations called for better water-tight compartments schemes, life-boats for everybody, proper staffing and training, wireless installations on all passenger ships etc.

For liquid cargo vessels, it was recommended that it be made double-hulled to prevent oil spillage in case of damage or puncture as oil spillage is a major environmental concern.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 12:12 IST