New technologies that prevent ships from falling over during storms

September 19, 2019

Today, ship captains can also receive weather maps, satellite images, and other information by email. Some vessels have more high-tech tools aboard, like on board computer systems that help plan routes based on weather forecasts. Anything you can get on a computer at home, you can probably get at sea through a satellite connection.

There are several places they check in with, including Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, where different stations transmit weather information and advisories, and websites such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Based on the information, the captain and nautical team will come up with a plan, notify the cruise line team on shore and keep passengers and crew abreast of any changes.

Ships are made of heavy steel that’s even heavier with a full load of passengers and crew on board. With all that weight, they can roll with the waves. In the roughest seas a ship may list, or tilt to one side, but even that’s unlikely,  shipbuilders test things such as buoyancy and center of gravity during  construction, which includes putting scale models of ships through all sorts of storm simulations. In short, those ships are built to handle storms without falling over.

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