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Latest scale manned model joins the fleet

Solent’s new Chancellor, Theo Paphitis, joined Deputy Vice-Chancellor Julie Hall to officially name the latest vessel to join the country’s largest fleet of scale manned models at our world-renowned Ship Handling Centre.

Eternity is a 10-metre model representative of an Aframax sized ship – a medium sized oil tanker designed to fit through the Panama Canal.

Theo Paphitis and Julie Hall naming Eternity at Timsbury Lake

The 1:25 scale ship model joins the existing fleet of 10 vessels that are used for training ship’s officers and pilots in the art and practice of ship handling on the purpose built 10-acre inland freshwater lake at Timsbury, near Romsey.

Eternity was designed and built by Gosport-based QinetiQ, who are also in the process of constructing a second vessel, representing a Suezmax sized ship – the largest tanker able to transit the Suez Canal when fully laden.

Solent's Chancellor, Theo Paphitis, on board Eternity at Timsbury Lake

Solent's Chancellor, Theo Paphitis, on board Eternity at Timsbury Lake

Commenting on the new model Julie Hall said: “This valuable addition to the fleet demonstrates our continued commitment to and investment in our world renowned maritime facilities and training.

“Ships are getting larger and waterways and ports more crowded, so scale model training is more important than ever.”

These scaled vessels are part of the University's ongoing multi-million pound investment in maritime training provision.

Key specifications for Eternity:

 Scaled mode Aframax Full scale equivalent 
Length overall  10.04m  251m 
Breadth overall  1.75m  43.8m
Depth  0.84m  21m 
Loaded draught  0.54m  13.6m 
Loaded displacement  7.5 tonnes  120,000 tonnes 
Design speed  3.5 knots  17.5 knots 

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