Staff and students at the University of Southampton have volunteered and joined forces with Lloyd’s Register and Wightlink Ferries through the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute to explore maritime engineering to passengers of the Isle of Wight ferries. Named ‘Marine Engineering Connections’ teams of three or four, led by Dr Steve Dorney in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, have been on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferries throughout the summer. The team use their science and engineering busking skills to demonstrate simple science experiments, such as why ships float on water, the importance of the Plimsoll Line when ships are in salty or freshwater environments, and why ice melts at different rates causing sea levels to rise. Volunteer Dr Sally Brown of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment said ‘We had many people of all ages who were interested in what we were demonstrating, and it was great for them to become involved and understand more about marine science’.
The project runs until the end of the summer holidays.