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DGM

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mystery platform
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:06 PM »
Hello,

I'm sure this is maybe obvious to others who've spent more time on the ship than me, and apologies if this has already been answered elsewhere.  But does anyone know what the raised platform near the aft end of the boat deck is?  It is positioned just aft of the aft-most lifeboat (see attached).

Thanks in advance

DM

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Re: mystery platform
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 04:56 PM »
Does platforms are lowered to the water when the ship is at anchor and the tender service has to be used.

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Re: mystery platform
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 07:23 PM »
Hi Darren - and Welcome
It's great that you have joined us!

The platform you refer to is a really clever bit of design, albeit a bit out of date now that shell doors on recent ships convert to a landing-stage / pontoon, without needing a stairway.

When it's not possible for the ship to be tied up alongside, as Louis mentions - the platform is hoisted off from above QE2's Boat Deck - then after being secured on the side of the hull at sea level, it's used by crew and for pax to join launches that take people ashore.
(It wasn't till quite recently that during a conversation re tendering, realisation dawned as to just how precarious these manoeuvres can be...no-one in charge seems to like it that much! Easy to see why, pax who are unsteady on their feet can have an extra tricky time in long swells...)

IMG_4900

This next image doesn't do the transferring business justice, however it shows the steps - will find / add more when time's less scarce!
(Although - Yes, I know... time's infinite too!)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/watch_keeper/3468508022/
More here:
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,429.msg43487.html#msg43487

This is how it's done on QM2, no external steps, and a hatch door/pontoon that can be swiftly secured.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49847205@N00/4210913371/
« Last Edit: May 04, 2012, 08:13 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: mystery platform
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 08:43 PM »
Thanks Rosie... I would never have guessed