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ISO Standards Help to Keep the Queen Mary 2 Afloat


New York, Feb 26, 2004

Grandeur, opulence, luxury and unsurpassed beauty. These are some of the adjectives that have been attached to the Queen Mary 2, which arrived today for the first time in America at Port Everglades, Florida, her U.S. winter home port and the last stop on her Maiden Voyage from Southampton, England, which began on January 12. The flagship of Cunard Line, Ltd., the Queen Mary 2 boasts record-breaking numbers for passenger vessels as the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132 feet), tallest (236 feet), widest (135 feet) and most expensive ($800 million) liner ever built.

Such impressive statistics could not have been achieved without the hard work, talent, and dedication of many. Yet, another crucial element that made the Queen Mary 2 possible were standards from ISO Technical Committee 8, Ships and Marine Technology. As the ship’s 2,620 passengers enjoy such luxury on the seas, these international standards – ranging from fire fighting water system pressure to deck rails, and colors of indicator lights to steering gear – help to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, no matter into which body of water the Queen Mary 2 ventures.

The main focus of ISO TC 8 is the construction of ocean-going vessels and its scope includes standardization of design, construction, structural elements, outfitting parts, equipment, methods and technology, and marine environmental matters used in shipbuilding and the operation of ships, comprising sea-going ships, vessels for inland navigation, offshore structures, ship-to-shore interface and all other marine structures subject to IMO (International Maritime Organization) requirements. Yet, the enormity of the ship and the vast spectrum of what is involved in designing and constructing such a vessel calls also for the contribution and work of countless other standards committees. Among the many other technical committees involved is ISO TC 188, Small Craft, whose scope involves standardization of equipment and construction details of recreational craft, and other small craft using similar equipment.

ISO TC 8 is the linking instrument between IMO and the shipbuilding industry and coordinates ISO’s support to the IMO. TC 8 has eleven subcommittees around the world – 4 in Europe, 4 in Asia and 3 in the United States. The U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 8, ASTM International, provides U.S. representation to the committee. For additional information, please contact the TAG Administrator, Mr. Robert Morgan (610.832.9732; rmorgan@astm.org).

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