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Cause and Effect: A Look at Boat Safety Technologies Over Time

Posted April 24, 2015

Telling the story of the invention and development of commonplace yet vital boat safety technologies over time, Towergate Insurance have produced an animated interactive allowing users to explore areas of a boat and learn about the equipment which keeps us safe at sea.

boat safety

Navigating through various sections of the boat, users are given access to a timeline summary explaining how technologies such as radar and the humble life jacket came into fruition, and how they have evolved over time from their beginnings to the modern day life-saving tools they are today.

Along the way, there are mentions of key historical events such as the sinking of the Titanic and naval conflict during World War Two that either sparked the induction of these technologies or serve as prime examples of when they played a vital life-saving role.

The technologies in question are:

  • Inflatable PFDs (life jackets)
  • Marine VHF Radio
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Self-Contained GPS
  • Kill Switches
  • Chart Plotters
  • BAC Monitor
  • Spot Trace

The information surrounding each technology is arranged chronologically and details when and why the technology came into existence, and events afterwards that saw changes and improvements to it over time.

The piece can be viewed at this site.

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