For a comprehensive listing of articles, there’s the Visayas Oil Spill coverage of INQ7.net. See also the WWF page on the long-term effects of the oil spill. (The Office of Senator Jamby Madrigal was also helpful, in presenting its view of events as well as in providing a graphic we used on the show:maritime.ppt)
We used this animation from the Encyclopedia Titanica, which shows the Titanic sinking. Some of the ideas for the basic fish tank demonstrations came from here and here. We made use of this diagram from Wikipedia for hull types, as well as this illustration of how the Titanic’s plates buckled due to an iceberg.
PortCities Southampton has a good glossary of terms involving ships when they get into trouble.
Solentwaters.co.uk describes what chemical tankers and oil tankers are. Lots of lovely graphics and thorough historical and technical discussions. A useful site to bear in mind when researching about ship vessel types. Transport Canada, an official website, explains the reasons behind phasing out single-hulled oil tankers.
You can read about Bureau Veritas at their website. Here are the documents we showed:
From a shipping industry point of view, Lloyd’s List also has an informative article on tanker spills: “Analysis uncovers tanker fleet pollution surprises.”
The satellite photos we showed came from an esa page on the MT Solar spill.
As promised, here is Prof. Perry Ong’s full PowerPoint presentation on the MT Solar oil spill and issues raised by the event: perry ong 1-2.ppt . Dr. Ong was emphatic about three points: that a national oil spill plan should already have been in effect; that a concern with mopping up oil overlooks the oil that’s settled on the sea floor; and that the long-term effects of an oil spill are being overlooked. For the long-term effects of an oil spill, see David S. Page’s study (Bowdoin College).
ITOPF and Rapid CityJournal online lessons archive on oil spills is also helpful to teachers or students interested in the subject.
Thank you to those who sent their comments via text (we’re not always able to show them because of time constraints, but we’ll be posting them for the record and further discussion):
BOYETB 8835 SAMPALOC SAN ANTONIO MAKATI 39 WHAT IS APPALLING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT IT IS PREVENTABLE BUT LAX INPLEMENTATION OF LAWS RULES 9/5/2006 7:07:57 PM
ROBERT SANTOS PINAGKAISAHAN MKTI 41 DO EXPLAIN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SHIP’S SPECIFIC GRAVITY AND THAT OF SEAWATER – WHEN WILL SINKING OCCUR? 9/5/2006 6:39:36 PM
JMADURA LA LOMA QC 48 VENT HOLE SUSPECTED WATER ENTERED SHOULD BE COVERED WATERTIGHT PRIOR SAILING AS SECURE SOP MASTER’ ORDER POOR SEAMANSHIP W 9/5/2006 6:56:45 PM
JMADURA LA LOMA QC 48 IF ELECTRIC WINDLASS NOT WORKING WHAT HAPPEN TO BACKUP SYSTEM? ALSO THERE R 2 ANCHORS PER SHIP PORT N STARBOARD WITH AUX. 9/5/2006 6:51:54 PM
EC GUAMEN BI_N~AN,LAGUNA 51 MANOLO NORMALLY BLOCKS THE PHOTOS HE IS SHOWING TO HIS AUDIENCE. THESE PHOTOS HE IS SHOWING IS GETTING USELESS. YOU NE 9/5/2006 6:48:36 PM
JMADURA LA LOMA QC 48 EMERGENCY OR OIL SPILL PROCEDURE AS REQUIRED WERE NOT MENTIONED IN D INQUIRY 9/5/2006 6:47:31 PM
BRANDY PASIG 23 REACTION D HOST(D GUY IN D PINK TIE) OF UR SHOW IS IRRITATING, CAN U PLS RETRAIN THIS PERSON. ITS NT APPEALING TO THE VIEWERS. H 9/5/2006 6:41:43 PM
EC GUAMEN BI_N~AN,LAGUNA 51 IN UR SEGMENT ON THINGS THAT KEEP SHIPS AFLOAT,U DID NOT MENTION THE ARCHIMEDES PRINCIPLE. THIS IS THE BASIC LAW ON WH 9/5/2006 6:35:00 PM
In retrospect, perhaps this experiment would have helped explain things further regarding specific gravity and seawater. Regarding the Archimedes principle, here’s a handy illustration (though it involves submarines).
Again, one purpose for posting our sources is to promote further discussion/clarification of what we discuss, to make the show more meaningful and useful to our viewers. Should viewers feel something needs further discussion (or if you’d like to explain things, too), please feel free to do so!
My closing statement was as follows:
The sea surrounds us; our sailors sail the seven seas. But our own seas are filled with tragedy. In the past, it was disasters like the Dona Paz, with its spectacularly large list of fatalities, that horrified us. The MT Solar’s sinking now turns our attention to the environmental consequences of maritime disasters. Adversity, such as the ecological and economic destruction the sinking’s caused, has temporarily united all of us, in concern and outrage. The sinking of the Titanic resulted in legislation requiring enough lifeboats be provided for all passengers. We can only hope legislation that strengthens the monitoring capacity of our maritime authorities, and which really helps guarantee not only more seaworthy vessels, but competent captains, is the result of this latest tragedy.
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