Having observed how the billiard table, a prized activity on board, was useless in rough seas, a cruise passenger challenged his engineer friends: Is it possible to make a billiard table for use on a cruise ship, that will remain stable – even during rougher sea conditions?
This happened ten years ago. His friends took up on the challenge. Six months later the very first stabilized billiard table was tested on the ferry between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany.
One of the engineers working aboard was struck by seasickness during the test trip. A clever head suggested that he should have a rest on the stable billiard table. After a short while, the engineer was no longer sea sick. Thus was the idea of a stabilized bed born. And so was STABLE, the company.
To demonstrate the concept to our first customers, we used a goldfish bowl. A goldfish might not get seasick, but it is thought to be rather uncomfortable for a goldfish to end up on the floor in heavy waves. Today STABLE provides comfort, rest and recreation for numerous cruise passengers travelling in rough sea. Possibly goldfish, too.
STABLE AS was established April 10th, 2002 and is based on Marine Stabilized Platform technology originally developed for use in active heave compensed cranes for the Offshore Industry.
The cranes are used for smooth landing of delicate equipment on the sea bed during rough weather conditions. This technology has been adapted and fine-tuned to provide a practically acceleration-free platform along its surface. The platform eliminates accelerations due to roll and pitch movements (and all other movements) of the ship. To achieve this, the movements of the ship are estimated based on sensor signals and the platform is automatically adjusted by computer controlled actuators.
STABLE has proven its value through one of the most demanding applications in terms of responsiveness and accuracy: the STABLE Billiard, which has been installed on a number of cruise ships and luxury yachts. Thousands of cruise passengers have had the pleasure to enjoy a steady game of pool, even in rough sea.
The stabilized platforms remove the roll and pitch movements on a ship “dancing” in the waves (or a car making turns or retarding/accelerating) or in other words: stabilize humans and “things” onboard a ship moving in the waves.