The Ocean Ranger Disaster
The Ocean Ranger was constructed in 1976, in Hiroshima Japan. Weighting 25,000 tons, the oil rig was said to be built to withstand 190km/h winds and 34m waves approving the vessel for "unrestricted ocean operations."
Catastrophic events, such as the sinking of the Ocean Ranger, are nothing short of a nightmare and never are they intended by the engineers whom design these structures. Although engineers design to prevent catastrophes, it is the failures of the past that act as some of the best lessons learned for the design and safety of future builds. Highlighted in the following paper are the engineering flaws that led to the failure of the Ocean Ranger and took the lives of 84 crew.
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