Any nautical engineers or ship designers out there, who know the answer?
We’ve all been enjoying the sight of Celebrity Edge being delivered and now embarking on her first cruises. Her stand-out (literally) feature is the ‘Magic Carpet’ – “the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform” that rises up the starboard side of the ship from sea level to the top deck.
It reminded me of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Northstar viewing pod, which can be found on Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. The pod, carrying up to 14 guests + operator, can be swung over the side of the ship.
It’s got me wondering, and I can’t find the answer anywhere.
My question is this: On ships like this, with large steel constructions dangling over the side, is the stability of the ship inherent or dynamic?
In other words, in order to maintain the stability of the ship while these things are moving, do they need to be simultaneously pumping ballast (water/fuel) around?
Or is the weight of these objects, even fully loaded with guests, insignificant to the inherent stability of the ship?
Answers on a postcard…. or below!