Man-made floating islands are the new target of the Netherlands

Having finally conquered their lands from the sea, with the help of a system of dams and long-term pumping of water, the Dutch reached a dead end. The flood problem has been eliminated, but where do you want to settle the constantly growing population, in the conditions of the extremely limited territory of the state? Answer: at sea, on artificial floating structures.

The concept of the MARIN Institute is based on the use of giant triangular floating platforms from which an object of any shape and size can be assembled. The length of a typical such island, according to the project, will be up to 5 km and it can be anything. A pier, a transshipment base, a recreational area, a residential area, a floating airport, etc.

The design is modular, comfortable, actively used in Europe - the only question is the size of the floating island. Engineers do not know how destructive waves, ebbs and flows, winds will be for such prefabricated structures. There is no consensus on how to anchor the islands to the bottom, so as not to be blown away by an accidental breeze. In fact, there are no ready-made technologies, there is only a concept and a project called "Offshore Basin".

This is a virtual model of an island of 87 triangles, with dimensions of 40 by 40 m, which will be driven through all kinds of tests. To check the operation of the fasteners of fragments in storm conditions, the effect of seasonal climate change, to simulate the collision of an island with a tanker, etc. The project has great commercial prospects, because anyone can purchase and put together as many triangular platforms as they want. And it is better to study all the factors in advance before people start building floating islands at their own peril and risk.