Vacation Under the Sea in the Water Discus

By: | December 18th, 2013

Deep Ocean Technology, a company based in the Polish seaport city of Gdynia, is developing an underwater hotel in what it intends to be the most luxurious accommodations imaginable. The company, which also develops underwater vehicles and machinery for seabed exploration, is working with scientists and engineers from the Gdańsk University of Technology from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology to make their developments a reality.

The Water Discus Hotel is divided into two main parts, or “discs”, one above the surface and the other below in the depths of the water. “This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate,” says the company.

The hotel will be anchored to the seabed with five sturdy legs and is subject to the “highest safety standards,” with periodical evaluations of the structure.

“Our safety measures include a monitoring system integrated with an international earthquake and weather warning system,” the company says. “The hotel is monitored by numerous video cameras and remotely operated underwater vehicles which are positioned in appropriate places around the complex.”

But what happens if something goes wrong and the hotel’s submerged structures are compromised?

“Water Discus complies with the most stringent safety standards by, among other things, providing rescue equipment as prescribed by regulations applicable to vessels,” explains the company. “In addition to this equipment, even if completely flooded, each of the satellite discs has positive buoyancy, which means that they can be used as lifesaving vessels after being detached from the main body of the upper disc.”

Don’t start looking to book your vacation any time soon, though. Deep Ocean Technology has yet to determine a location for the ambitious hotel but states the “complex may be constructed anywhere in the world.” Any hotel will be tailored to suit its surroundings but the company hasn’t provided any detailed information as of yet regarding construction costs and planning permits.

Jonathan Keane

Irish journalist writing on business, tech and engineering.


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