Well-abled


Vessels with Infrastructure Designed for the Disabled.

Proje sahibi : Oasis Med.Ürn.Kim. Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Project owner : Tunç Tonger   
  Chairman of   
Mechanical Engineer
Design manager: Hacı Mehmet Hekim
  Designer Architect
  Montana Yacht Design, İstanbul  
Tasavvuri Mimaranı Türk, İstanbul

Oasis 19 m / y well-abled vessel project

Infrastructure, interior and exterior concept of the project started in 2010 by A. Tunç TONGER the chairman of Oasis Med.Ürn.Kim. Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. were designed by A.Tunç TONGER himself, who is a user of wheelchair as a paraplegic and Hacı Mehmet HEKİM, the Design Director of Montana Yacht Design, with the engineering work conducted by Shipbuilding Engineer Fatih Akcan. Ustaoğlu Shipyard has conducted all implementation works of the project with great precision, and keeps on with this task. Started to be built in April 2011, our vessel will be launched in early 2010 and all of its details will be released to the public. The vessel is a 19-m-long steel trawler with equipment works in progress.
" Our vessel, which was launched and sailed successfully in August 2012, is a 19-m-long trawler. Our vessel is honored with being the first of its kind in terms of its features."

SUBJECT OF THE PROJECT

Our project is designed for the people who are defined in society as handicapped either for congenital reasons or due to a disease or an accident. In this era, public institutions, municipalities, and state system have just started to carry out projects intended for the disabled. We have started to see such practices in airports, bridges, environmental planning, public buildings and other similar groups of structures. However, we, as our design team, are well aware of the fact that have only recently noticed the requirements of these people who do not consider their status as a handicap and achieve national and international success in sportive activities, business world or social activities. It is clearly seen from this deficiency that the industry we represent lacks this kind of a development, as well.

In order to clear the general "what would they lose if they didn't do that anyway?" approach, it was a sufficient requirement for commencement of our project to enable the handicapped to travel comfortable on vessels of smaller scale and enjoy a free and smooth marine experience thanks to the systems designed without any obstruction of marine life. We have taken our first step towards the development of our project by meeting the publicly-known disabled members of society, and learning about their needs in life, because functioning and working principles of our project are completely made up of designs intended for these people. In order to be as accurate and flawless as possible, these designs require more effort and attention than an ordinary vessel does. This is also about how well we understood and empathized with the disabled we contacted.   
It was both sad and happy to come across national and international examples of this project concept in this scale. It was sad because we thought that there had been international projects of this kind. It was happy because it was our design team who was first to design a project of this scale. This meant that it would be a difficult process with respect to designing unsolved system details from scratch and integrating them to our vessel.

1.1 Motivations of Project

Mobilizing and widening the social life of the disabled by integrating them into a smooth marine life.

Our design is both questioning and of a quality that could generate a new title of alternative production for its sector.

Making designs intended for these people in small-scale vessels rather than large-scale ones, and drawing international attention to sensitivity of our people towards disabled people.

The design of the project aims to help people leave a restricted life and participate in marine life as much as other people.

1.2 Purposes of the Project

This project is intended for;

Designing a vessel with the best infrastructure for marine life needs and demands of the disabled people, who represent our country successfully in every field, thus helping the active participation of these important masses in marine life, and standardizing the infrastructures and living spaces of these people in this kind of watercrafts.

Enabling these people who have restricted potential in many aspects of life have a continuous connection with marine life, performing any activity that can be done by normal people thanks to the infrastructure designed for them, and helping them rehabilitate themselves with the sea through swimming, diving or entertaining activities with these design models.

Paving the way for these designs intended for helping the disabled use smaller-scale vessels, as well, instead of larger-scale ones, which is more popular among the designers serving in the world of design.

Brought out by our country, designs with this kind of infrastructure and functions will result in both social responsibility and industrial gains in terms of new economic resources.

If we relate this project to tourism, it would provide a new alternative title for the sector and become a sector that is able to serve for the disabled. This gain emphasizes our country’s concept of service to the disabled, and stands out as a model for our countries in this area.

It is also our aim to make this design a model for other public transportation vehicles such as ferries, passenger boats, and sea buses, which would be re-designed to integrate infrastructure systems designed for the handicapped.

This design will also make it possible to resolve and implement many details for the handicapped, to become sector leaders, and to cooperate with international training and sector groups in terms of designs and practices intended for the handicapped.

Based on the principle that a society’s conception of social responsibility reflects the industrial, cultural, and humanistic levels of that society, using the synthesis among these factors in creative, participatory, and transformative activities.

Presenting the project to its sector with a new and different definition by using modern materials and equipment without getting away from the infrastructure and functionality designed for the disabled in the production stage of the project.

Along with all these, informing all domestic and foreign tourists, government officials, and world press visiting our country about the fact that such an important design and production activity related to social service – industrial production is made in our country.

1.3 Target Groups

OThis industrial design model of social responsibility of ours is of a kind that will help Turkish designers cooperate with international organizations of design, tourism, education, and industrial production, bring these original designs down to acceptable standards, and make continuous and permanent contributions as similar new creations arise.

1.4 Benefits of the Project

BRealization of these projects as a wealth under the name of social responsibility, design, and production activities in our country, the fact that they will create new employment opportunities, and the topics mentioned above will contribute to its impact on economy.

Designed by a young and innovative design team, the project will pioneer next-generation designs by feeding on the lives of other people while broadening the perspective of the new generation and unearthing their creativity.

This project will also exemplify protection of different functionalities and lifestyles of our people while arousing our people’s curiosity to humanistic design.

One of the most important properties of this humanistic and innovative project is that it will establish a strong connection and new grounds of relationship among sectors, non-governmental organizations and disabled people. Holism of social responsibility is the case here.

1.5 Interest

“ Oasis 19 m / y well-abled vessel project “  Includes the norms of protecting the disabled people and developing our good values towards them by turning these human conditions that we consider a defect or a burden into our social richness and including them in the stage of humanitarian design and production in the context of taking a lesson from the past by revising our indifference and ignorance to our handicapped people.

Through “ Oasis 19 m / y well-abled vessel project “ we want to give impetus to the integration of the disabled people, who have lived from all eternity but just been noticed with modernity, into marine life without losing our connection to innovative and developmental conscience.

1.6 Sustainability

“ Oasis 19 m / y well-abled vessel project “  Includes the norms of protecting the disabled people and developing our good values towards them by turning these human conditions that we consider a defect or a burden into our social richness and including them in the stage of humanitarian design and production in the context of taking a lesson from the past by revising our indifference and ignorance to our handicapped people.

Through “ Oasis 19 m / y well-abled vessel project “ we want to give impetus to the integration of the disabled people, who have lived from all eternity but just been noticed with modernity, into marine life without losing our connection to innovative and developmental conscience.

2. DESIGN MODELS
2.1 Oasis 19 m / y well-abled trawler yacht model

Our project is designed with 19-m full length, 5.5-m full width as inspired by trawler yacht models with large volume characteristics. Our vessel is designed with the features mentioned above with scenario abilities defined below.

2.2 Hydraulic Movable Platform Scenario

When the disabled person is on the wheelchair, he/she will be able to get on the platform without any help via electronic sensors integrated in the system, and descend to the level they want manually by using a controller on the platform. They will be able to get into water until their waist level or just cool their feet. Also, those who cannot use their hands or their fingers can control the system the way they want by voice commands to vessel's crew.

2.3 Hydraulic Movable Pasarella Scenario

A disabled person will be able to transfer himself/herself to the pasarella at a reasonable level from their movable platform, and rehabilitate themselves above and below the sea level without any help by moving the pasarella to a certain distance from the vessel by 180-degree moves thanks to motion sensors again integrated in the system. Also, those who cannot use their hands or their fingers can control the system as they wish by voice commands to the vessel's personnel as explained above.

2.4 Hydraulic Movable Seat Group Scenario

If a disabled person wants to move himself/herself from the wheelchair to the seat groups located on the vessel, they will be able to set the height of the seats by the remote control or touch screen inside the vessel which controls the pistons raising the sitting surface of the seats, and move themselves comfortably to a seat. They can also move to the wheelchair easily by raising the seat when they want to do so. Also, those who cannot use their hands or their fingers can control the system as they wish by voice commands to the vessel's personnel as explained above.

2.5 Hydraulic Lift Scenario;

With the systems described above, a disabled person can move to every floor on the vessel by using the lift inside the vessel. They can move safely by automatic doors present on each floor. Also, those who cannot use their hands or their fingers can control the system as they wish by voice commands to the vessel's personnel as explained above.

2.6 Cabin and Common area Control Scenario

When they are in cabins or common areas, a disabled person can control multimedia, entertainment, and reading system equipment via interfaces integrated in touch screens located on these areas, creating a different atmosphere. They can also control the cabin temperature by using these interfaces. They can use European-style automatic toilet units in WC sections through this system, and turn on and off direct or indirect illumination systems or make them brighter or dimmer via this control panel. Again, by using a menu integrated in these touch screens, they can observe the cruise broadcasted to digital screens mounted on some spots on the vessel.

2.7 Fault Indicator Scenario

All designs mentioned above can be controlled over a main control panel, and in case of a malfunction, they will allow immediate response by showing the place of such malfunctions by malfunction lights thanks to digital equipment (such as touch screens, etc.) both on the control panel and integrated in the system. In case of a malfunction in this system, a warning will be sent to the general alert system of the vessel and indicate on the main alarm panel where the disabled person encountered a trouble, thus allowing immediate response.

3. CONCLUSION

As a result, our project is an activity intended for making "well-abled" watercrafts possible and sustainable through the work of new generation Turkish designers, and drawing global attention to this type of vessels by fulfilling all sea-related needs of disabled people who are started to be noticed only with the beginning of modern times, as well as performing designs and production based on social responsibility as inspired by them, and focusing the attention of new generation designers to these defects that are present in our society.