My name is Kerim Tapkan and I am a Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer.
I wanted to introduce myself to the Seasteading community for my past experience with designing and building floating structures.
You may have heard about The Heart of Europe Project at The Dubai World Islands. The project consists of 6 islands and floating structures, and currently under construction, due for 2020 as a holiday resort.
What makes it interesting is the floating structures that will be the first in the world from many ways.
I worked for the project for about 2 years as the lead designer of floating structures and Sr. Project Manager for the construction.
1- Floating Seahorses : Floating villas with underwater accommodation. 2 bedrooms underwater with 90mm thick 5mx3m acrylic windows on both sides, coral gardens attached in front of each window which gives an awesome underwater view in your bedroom. Design stage is complete and mass production of 152 villas ongoing.
2- Floating yacht club : A yacht club similar to YAcht club de Monaco in Monte Carlo, free floating. Concept design is complete, Detail design underway. Underwater restaurants, bars etc.
3- Floating Venice Island : At a size of 300m x 140m, completely free floating, with a concept design of Venice. Detail design underway. Consists of 2 levels underwater for hotel rooms, conference halls, ballrooms etc. Artificial beaches, private beaches for villas on the island, a unique and innovative design.
4- Floating gardens : Some trials been successfully done. From simple floating single Palm trees to much larger floating landscapes.
5- Seabed reclamation : Seabed is being developed as coral garden. Me and our marine biologists developed new methods to grow coral fast in our coral nurseries. Also a state of the art marine biology lab is setup for developing the most effective methods and selecting the best species for the environment.
6- Marine construction works : Dredging, seawalls and massive construction works.
7- Excavated drydock for building the large floating concrete structures. Using sheetpiles, areas reserved for construction are sealed from the sea and excavated to the required depth. Water continuously pumped out and structured are built on a -5m concrete base. Launching method is easy, stop the pumps, float the units.
8- A dedicated team of naval architects for R&D.
9- Many awards won, e.g. UAE innovation award 2017.
10- Whole project from concept design to construction and launching is filmed and documented by Discovery Channel, which selected the project one of 4 incredible builds in the world. Not to mention many TV channels special filmings.
11- Customized systems, shore facilities, floating facilities for Services. All developed and engineered from scratch to suit the project requirements.
12- Customized automation system and software for home and mep services.
13- And many more daily innovations that I can’t remember to overcome the unique challenges.
I would like to contribute to the Seasteading Institute with the vast experience and engineering know-how. Please feel free to contact me for further discussions.
I can share visual material if requested. Or you may check www.thoe.com where you can only find marketing material.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!