Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Watertight bulkheads – full of holes.

It is not a brilliant idea, once you have installed a watertight bulkhead of sufficient strength to withstand the sea, should it be lapping at one side of it, to then drill it full of holes to accommodate pipe and cable runs. And while you obviously have to pierce such bulkheads for very good technical reasons, there are ways of going about it that do not effectively render the barrier about as much use as a colander (possibly a more relevant comparison than a chocolate teapot). Continue reading

The Titanic and Evacuation, Survival and Rescue

The TITANIC, as fitted out, proved deficient in at least one important item: lifeboats. Continue reading

The design lessons learned from the Titanic

A great deal has been learned about the fate of the TITANIC since the location of its wreck by an expedition led by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, then of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Jean-Louis Michel of IFREMER in early September, 1985. Continue reading

Titanic: 100 years of lessons learned

I had the pleasure this week of addressing the audience at the World Maritime Day Observance event in Banff, Alberta on the subject of the Titanic and the Artic and in particular the lessons learnt from the disaster and would like to share my thoughts in a series of related blog posts. Continue reading