Humanitarian Relief Islands – Choice Award

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

We stand by as children starve by the millions because we lack the will to eliminate hunger. Yet we have found the will to develop missiles capable of flying over the polar cap and landing within a few hundred feet of their target.This is not innovation it is a profound distortion of humanity’s purpose on earth.  – Senator Mark Hatfield

– Or what to do with older nuclear submarines?

The Typhoon Class Submarine Competition offers the unique possibility to correct that error and to offer a different answer. Armed conflicts and wars are continuously and increasingly present in our world. “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.” (Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter). While the regions of conflict zones become gravely dangerous for civilians, also neighbor countries are often caught in the spreading conflict; receptivity and resources are brought to its logistical, financial and political limits.

Current conflicts like Syria or Gaza show the murderous system in place: civilians are being held hostage as human shields; and are being trapped with no open borders to cross, no safe place to go.

Our re-deployment of the Typhoon Class Submarines attacks the lack of spatial options and the lack of political will to provide offer humanitarian corridors and to offer refuge places outside the war zones. Being deployed by the UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) it offers the possibility to be utilizes for humanitarian relief missions and to create AID presence on site, where usually would be none. The Typhoon Class Submarines will tow artificial Islands to the disaster zones. Once there it will start to operate them and function as an almost completely independent supply hub for humanitarian relief.

The missions are clear:

  1. provide safe area for civilian refugees (women, children, men)
  2. provide temporary shelter and housing during the conflict
  3. provide infrastructure, electricity and drinking water
  4. provide transport hub for aid deliveries
  5. provide first aid, medical care and rehabilitation possibilities
  6. provide communication and negotiation areas

In order to achieve that, the submarine’s vital functions will be modified:

A – crisis control center using surveillance and communication systems
B – propulsion for humanitarian relief islands
C – electric power supply from the nuclear reactor
D – integrated water desalination system in interior pressure hull
E – Iron dome missile defense system instead of nuclear missiles

The floating humanitarian refuge islands are designed modularly and can be multiplied through its hexagonal shape. With an edge length of 175m, each island offers 75,000m2 usable area that is spread over 6 pods serving different functions: refuge housing, aid supply & logistics hub, first aid & rehabilitation units, cultural and leisure possibilities, recreational urban farming units etc.

These functions can be preinstalled, modified and rearranged according to the specific needs. Materials and designs are purely functional, basic, ocean proof and make use of shipping containers and pontoon dock structures. This way they are completely modular and weather resistant and can be re-used in other conflict areas. The success of this mission depends on simple technical solutions that can be easily implemented and re-used. The re-utilization of the modern warfare submarine turns these islands into almost completely independent operating refuge areas that can actually save tens of thousands of lives and provide possibilities to save the children from becoming victims and being subjected to the atrocities of war.

Deployed in the latest Gaza Conflict, these refuge islands on the shores of Gaza could have offered a third way: to separate civilians from the militants. It could have offered a safe place for countless families, women and children, in a time where both conflicting parties and the neighboring countries involved resigned about their faith because of security concerns. The humanitarian refuge islands powered by the Typhoon class submarines could have actively saved many lives. While we cannot prevent war and armed conflicts, the inevitable fate and death of civilians shall be a constant reminder that we all can actively take responsibility and have the courage to use our abilities and even our tools of war to save precious countless lives!


Remark: This Project has been awarded the Editors Choice Award.

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