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					                             The flipping ship




 The FLIP research vessel (Floating Instrument Platform) is the only ship in the world
 having the ability to flip from a horizontal position to a vertical position while at sea.




The FLIP ship is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and
                 density, and for the collection of meteorological data.




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FLIP is 108 meters long and weighs 700 long tons. According to Alan Bellows, "when in
horizontal traveling mode, the long, hollow ballast area trails behind. When it reaches the
desired location, the "tail" is flooded until the nose sticks straight up into the air, taking
about twenty-eight minutes to reach vertical position".



Even in stormy conditions, it is as stable as a fencepost, because most of its length lies in
                       the untroubled waters beneath the waves.




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    During the flip, the crew stands on the outside decks. Scientists and crewmembers
literally walk up the walls to stay upright. Suddenly, the aft side of the barge becomes its
  floor. That makes for some ingenious engineering feats in equipping its bridge, galley,
crew quarters and scientific laboratory. Even its head, or bathroom, had to be constructed
                       to operate in a vertical and horizontal position.




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   Some of FLIP's furnishings are also built so they can rotate to a new position.




  In 1995, FLIP received a $2,000,000 modernization. The structural build is currently
excellent and instrumentation will allow FLIP to be an oceanographic powerhouse in the
                                         future.




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