The latest vessel to join the fleet of model ships used for training at Southampton University’s Warsash School of Maritime, Science & Engineering is the 10m long Eternity, representing an Aframax medium-sized oil tanker designed to use the Panama Canal.
The 1:25 scale model joins the existing fleet of 10 vessels that are used for training ship’s officers and pilots in ship handling on the purpose-built 10-acre inland freshwater lake at Timsbury, near Romsey.
The Eternity was designed and built by QinetiQ. based at Gosport, who are also constructing a second model, a Suezmax sized-ship, the largest tanker able to transit the Suez Canal.
“Ships are getting larger and waterways and ports more crowded, so scale model training is more important than ever,” said Julie Hall, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
The scale-model Eternity has an overall length of 10.04m (compared with a full-scale equivalent of 251m), an overall beam of 1.75m (compared with 43.8m), a depth of 0.84 (21m), a loaded draft of 0.54m (13.6m), a loaded displacement of 7.5 tonnes (120,000 tonnes), and a design speed of 3.5 knots (compared with 17.5 knots).