Archive for 07/22/2011

Hydro International –

Lloyd’s Register has taken delivery of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) library giving the collection a secure new home and assuring its preservation for the future. The historically important IMarEST collection, which consists of more than 390 linear metres of material, now resides at Lloyd’s Register’s offices on Fenchurch Street in London.

Richard Sadler, chief executive officer, Lloyd’s Register says that like their own collection, the IMarEST library is one the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology. “It was absolutely vital that this collection be preserved to continue to provide the public with a rich sense of one of our traditional industries”.

The move was made necessary by IMarEST’s relocation this summer to smaller premises, which would not have had room to house the collection. By offering the library a new home at the Lloyd’s Register Information Centre, the organisation is ensuring that this resource remains available to the public and to the institute’s members.

Against a backdrop of widespread library closures in London and with many specialist collections under threat, hosting such an important resource ensures that this unique part of IMarEST’s heritage remains  available to provide researchers with marine engineering, technical and scientific knowledge.

James McRae, the Institute’s Information and Knowledge manager. He has worked with Lloyd’s Register to ensure the smooth transfer of the collection from Coleman Street to Fenchurch Street, harnessing online tools to ensure all members are kept fully informed, and is now driving forward Institute plans for future online services.

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Malcolm Moore –

The Jiaolong is thought to be one of only seven submersibles in the world that can carry people to depths of more than 6,000m (19,685ft).

Here are the six others:

1 & 2: MIR – The two Russian Mir submersibles were built in Finland and delivered in 1987. With a maximum dive capability of 6,000m (19,685ft), the twin MIRs were used by James Cameron, the Hollywood director to film the wreck of the Titanic at 3,821m and the wreck of the Bismarck at 4,700m.

3: Alvin (DSV-2) – The US-built Alvin was commissioned in 1964 and built in the General Mill’s factory that also made machinery to produce breakfast cereal. Alvin has taken 12,000 people on more than 4,000 dives in its lifetime and can accommodate two scientists and one pilot to dive for up to nine hours at 4,500m (14,760ft). One of its first missions in 1966 was to recover a 1,45-megaton hydrogen bomb lost during a midair accident over Palomares. During another dive, a swordfish attacked the Alvin and became tangled with the craft at 610m (2,000ft) deep. The fish was brought to the surface and cooked for dinner.

4: DSV Sea Cliff – Another US Navy craft, the Sea Cliff is the sister craft to the Alvin, but can dive slightly deeper.

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