Construction and Design
FLIP is a 108 meter long ship that resembles a baseball bat. One end of the vessel comprises of the living and working areas and the rest of the part accommodates special ballast tanks. These tanks covers almost 300 feet of the entire vessel. One of the most salient features of the vessel is its stability. This huge vessel perfectly aligns itself in a horizontal position, unaffected by the waves. This is quite amazing keeping the fact in mind that the vessel doesn't have any kind of propulsion system.
In order to get that extra buoyancy for the structure above the waterline, special air tanks are provided below the accommodation and working station. But how does the crew and instruments inside the working space survive the flip? The design of the vessel is so done that all the instruments can be made usable even after the vessel flips.
Almost all the furniture and instruments are bolted to the bulkhead so that when the vessels flips, they automatically come it the usable position. Things such as tables, beds, stoves etc are built on swivels so that they can be turned when the structure moves. But the things that cannot be rotated easily, e.g doors, sinks, showers etc, are made in pairs,i.e one on the bulkhead and one on the floor.
Power is provided on the platform with the help of two 150 Kw generators and one 40 Kw emergency generator. It is also equipped with the various navigational equipments, including radars and GPS systems.