How ships are launched



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18 Mar 2018 22:25 - +2158
"Time to water the fields!"
18 Mar 2018 21:55 - +965
I'd imagine there has to he at least one guy on the ship while it's launched. He's a badass...
18 Mar 2018 23:03 - +732
Somthing about seeing those people run away only to realise they panicked for no reason is satisfying, and I have no idea why
18 Mar 2018 22:42 - +349
This is northern Netherlands, area called Westerbroek. I believe the shipyard is called Ferus Smit Shipyard and sits right on a canal (Winschoterdiep) which connects to the North Sea. It looks like an odd place to build and launch ships.
18 Mar 2018 22:22 - +250
Ah, that’s why the grass is so green on the other side.
18 Mar 2018 23:31 - +125
This is not how most ships are launched. Most are built in a dry dock, which is level and empty, and when the ship is done, the dock is slowly flooded and the newly floating ship can be pulled out by tugboats. This is called a sidelaunch. The entire ship is built on a slight angle, so that when it's done, the waxy ramps it was built on can allow it to slide into the water.
18 Mar 2018 22:56 - +97
These ship launches always make me a little nervous.
18 Mar 2018 23:00 - +40
There are plenty of shops that aren't launched like this. Plenty of wet/dry docks in the world.
18 Mar 2018 23:13 - +36
Looks like the bystanders are as close as the possibly can get without getting wet.
18 Mar 2018 23:19 - +21
Is that the best way? I dont know, just wanted to know if this is actually a safe way to move that ship
18 Mar 2018 21:32 - +14
Not too worry we are still flying half a ship
18 Mar 2018 23:47 - +11
The real interesting part is how they almost *exactly* predicted where to put those barriers on the road.
18 Mar 2018 23:16 - +11
That road must be terrifying to drive on in windy thunderstorms
18 Mar 2018 22:28 - +10
Seems like a pretty big constructional error not having some sort of dam holding back the water from the road?
18 Mar 2018 22:59 - +9
*some
18 Mar 2018 23:29 - +9
Good thing the front didn't fall off
19 Mar 2018 00:05 - +7
I love how perfectly the traffic was stopped so as to not get hit by the water on both sides. It’s almost like they’ve done this before.
18 Mar 2018 23:29 - +6
How do you put the ships on the machines to launch it?
18 Mar 2018 22:10 - +5
How this gif was launched 10 years ago. Way to keep the content current, OP.
18 Mar 2018 22:16 - +4
That sent a ship load of water over the road.
18 Mar 2018 23:40 - +3
How do they get the ship on the land?
18 Mar 2018 23:23 - +3
Was really hoping I wasn’t on r/yesyesyesno
18 Mar 2018 23:44 - +3
I find it interesting that the camera/media crew on road right were at exactly the right distance to avoid the resulting wave! Good work engineers!
18 Mar 2018 23:44 - +2
I want to acknowledge just how spot on the folks were who put up the road barriers / stopped the cars because the water displaced by the ship was more or less perfectly within the clear section of roadway.
18 Mar 2018 23:36 - +2
I want to congratulate the guy who decided where the wave would stop on land.
18 Mar 2018 23:53 - +2
It floats!
19 Mar 2018 01:24 - +2
WATER!!! RUN AWAY!
19 Mar 2018 00:46 - +2
The spectators are standing exactly where the water starts to slow down
18 Mar 2018 23:31 - +2
Wow, I would love to know how the mechanism works, ELI5?
19 Mar 2018 00:11 - +2
Not all ships are launched sideways, some are launched forward/backward. #notallships
19 Mar 2018 00:32 - +2
She's still a baby. She won't reach her full size until she gets out into the open ocean.
19 Mar 2018 00:38 - +2
There are much better ways to do this. A dry dock is so much more efficient.
19 Mar 2018 00:10 - +1
What amazes me is that the people somehow seemed to know EXACTLY where the water was going to stop... Seriously, it stops within meters of them. How?
18 Mar 2018 23:37 - +1
r/SweatyPalms
19 Mar 2018 00:01 - +1
How are the ships that launch the ships launched?
18 Mar 2018 23:49 - +1
I don’t understand why they have no barrier at the roadside bank to deflect water away from the roadway back into the lock. I don’t imagine that much water with that force os good for erosion (not knowing anything about the area).
18 Mar 2018 23:35 - +1
I'm amazed at how close the "flood" waters get to the cars on the road. They must have a ton of experience to stop traffic that perfectly.
18 Mar 2018 23:55 - +1
Stupid question but could it tip over completely and is anyone inside. My belly turned to jelly just watching
19 Mar 2018 00:05 - +1
Where is this?
18 Mar 2018 23:56 - +1
Holy displacement
19 Mar 2018 00:11 - +1
Way cool!! Like how the people on the road back up.
18 Mar 2018 23:56 - +1
Well, how ships are launched *sideways*. Some ships are still launched normally.
18 Mar 2018 23:59 - +1
Time to wash the road.
18 Mar 2018 23:56 - +1
Seriously how have they not made a stable alternative yet
19 Mar 2018 00:04 - +1
That *has* to be bad for that road.
18 Mar 2018 23:57 - +1
For some reason I never thought of how they made that transition to the water. I guess I assumed ships always existed in water, from the start. Like it was built there too.
19 Mar 2018 00:09 - +1
Has a ship ever tipped during launch?
18 Mar 2018 23:58 - +1
Is the flooding of the nearby land required?
19 Mar 2018 00:10 - +1
Plop
18 Mar 2018 23:59 - +1
I just.... So want to see this go wrong.....
18 Mar 2018 23:33 - +1
How did those people know what is a safe distance to stay and watch

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