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MARIN Tests Floating Island Concept
For Sustainable Use of the Oceans

July 17, 2017

MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) has tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are connected to one another. Together they form a flexible floating island that can be as large as 1 to 5 km in cross-section.

“As sea level rises, cities become overcrowded and more activities are carried out at sea," said Olaf Waals, project manager and concept developer. "Raising the dikes and reclaiming land from the seas are perhaps no longer an effective solution. An innovative alternative that fits with the Dutch maritime tradition is floating ports and cities.”

Floating mega islands offer future-proof living and working space at sea for: developing, generating, storing and maintaining sustainable energy (offshore wind, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels); loading and trans-shipping cargo in coastal areas where there is little infrastructure; cultivating food, such as seaweed and fish; and building houses and recreation close to the water. These types of solutions are part of the blue future in which the seas and oceans are used sustainably.


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