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    Amazon Volcano's ride vehicles are just sitting there - hopefully we see testing soon...





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    Sunshine Coast-based Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) has advised of its work at the newly opened Sea Shell Aquarium in Phú Qu?c, Vietnam, the site of the world's largest PLEXIGLAS® window.

    Releasing photographs of its work at Asia's newest aquarium, the Australian-owned specialist in public aquarium design, construction and operation explained how it co-designed the iconic 27,500 metre² aquarium, manufacturing over 520 tonnes of PLEXIGLAS® panels, tunnels, domes, cylinders, and other innovative structures and then installing them into the unique, turtle-shaped building, providing astounding views of the animals.
    A 9 metre-tall and 790mm thick PLEXIGLAS® window weighing 220 tonnes, 58 metres of interconnected underwater viewing tunnels and two colossal underwater viewing rooms are just some of the thrilling experiences created for visitors by AAT.

    The Sea Shell Aquarium is owned by Vinpearl, Vietnam’s largest international five-star hotel, resort, spa, conference centre, F&B service, golf course, and amusement park chain owner.
    At 12 metres-deep, the aquarium's colossal 16.2 million-litre main tank commands one of the tallest wide-format acrylic viewing panels ever built. At 26 metres wide and 9 metres tall, the World of Giants ‘mega-window’ is larger than a grand slam singles tennis court.
    A window this size cannot be transported by road and sea freight in one piece. Instead, AAT made nine 24.6 tonne sections - each 9 metres tall by 3 metres wide - at the company's wholly-owned PLEXIGLAS® manufacturing plant using certified German production methods. Each section was transported over 2,000 kilometres from the factory in China to the construction site on Phú Qu?c Island, South West Vietnam, where they were bonded 'shoulder-to-shoulder' to form the largest PLEXIGLAS® window ever made.

    Commenting on the project, AAT Chief Executive, John Langmead stated “the Sea Shell's main tank has tremendous depth and volume, more than six Olympic swimming pools. Our PLEXIGLAS® window is over three-quarters of a meter thick to withstand the water pressure. As far as we know, this thickness is unprecedented.

    The World of Giants tank is adjacent to a 3.8 million litre, 7 metre-deep World of Sharks tank, and running along the bottom of the two, connecting them, is a 58-metre viewing tunnel.
    Sometimes called shark tunnels, these transparent underwater walkways are a much-loved feature of modern aquariums. What makes this tunnel different - aside from its length and the volume of water overhead - is that it passes through two dramatic underwater viewing rooms featuring PLEXIGLAS® walls and transparent ceilings made and installed by AAT.

    Each 7-metre-wide domed ceiling comprises three sections of PLEXIGLAS® bonded together and then shaped over a mould in a purpose-built, 100 square-metre oven. AAT is a world leader at thermoforming giant, flat acrylic panels into prodigious structures for zoos and aquariums.

    AAT invested over US $1 million in additional capital expenditure at its 18,000 square metre factory to deliver the Sea Shell.

    Luciano Antonini, AATA Factory General Manager, is proud of his team's accomplishments, noting “our expanded workforce ran the factory 24x7 for eighteen months straight. We improved our energy resilience by converting our ovens to steam-heating, completed over 100 thermoforming works and over 115 panel-bonds.”
    22 cylindrical PLEXIGLAS® tanks and barriers - two nearly 20 metres in diameter - provide visitors with intimate, 360-degree views of a wide range of species from beautiful jellyfish to exotic fish and ever-popular penguins.

    The World of Jellyfish hosts two beautiful transparent spheres serving as both a animal exhibit and an artistic waterfall feature. 1.54 metres in diameter, the spheres are made from 40 mm thick PLEXIGLAS® and weigh over 200 kgs each, empty.

    Martin van Dijk, AAT Engineering Manager - Acrylics, added “PLEXIGLAS® is brilliantly clear, able to withstand tremendous pressure and versatile to work with. We operate at the intersection of construction and art, creating structures that are both functional and aesthetic.

    “That said, our primary goal is for visitors to fall in love with the marine world behind our windows.”
    The design of the Sea Sell aquarium was an international team effort involving AAT, its long-standing Australia-based associate James Hampton Design Partners and Los Angeles-based Legacy Entertainment, a specialist in theme parks and entertainment attractions.

    As well as shaping the visitor-journey layout and aquarium facilities, AAT co-designed some 60 marine-life exhibits arranged on a journey through themed zones including a World of Jellyfish, a World of Fishes, a World of Penguins, a World of Sharks, a World of Giants, touch-tanks and a coral reef.

    Collectively these marine-life exhibits rely on over 22 million litres of water.

    As James Hampton, Director, James Hampton Design Partners, explains “the edutainment experience for visitors has been enhanced with next-level experiences - such as a miniature underwater viewing tunnel for kids - making it one of the largest interactive public aquariums in the world.”
    Aquarium visitors can eat at a restaurant in front of a 5.2 metre-tall and 20.7 metre-wide window into the 3.8 million-litre World of Sharks tank, taking those all-important Instagram moments to an entirely new level. Unique dining experiences play an ever more critical role in helping aquarium innovate their service offerings to generate additional revenue streams
    While AAT’s global logistics capabilities are second to none, the Sea Shell Aquarium was constructed during the COVID pandemic, which created formidable challenges. While somewhat isolated working on a small island, work was still interrupted several times by COVID-related shutdown periods. AAT’s onsite crew included aquarium construction experts from Australia, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore plus workers hired in Vietnam.

    Langmead concludes “I am deeply grateful to our staff for their commitment to delivering this project under unimaginably difficult circumstances, and especially to those employees who endured multiple 14-day and in some cases 21-day quarantine periods for international travel.”
    Source: https://asianleisure.biz/news/advanced-aquarium-technologies-details-achievements-at-vietnams-new-sea-shell-aquarium/

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    Seems like "Eagle Warrior" the first indoor rollercoaster at VinWonders Phu Quoc, Vietnam finally opened!


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    VinWonders has just made the following announcements:

    - The Eagle Warrior, an indoor Suspended Family Coaster by Vekoma, is reopening in May 2022.
    - Dragon’s Spell, an Interactive Dark Ride by Triotech, will open in June 2022.
    - Amazon Volcano, a Shoot the Chute by WhiteWater, will open in May 2022.
    - Viking River Rapids Ride, also by WhiteWater, will open in May 2022.

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/VinWonders.PhuQuoc.Official/posts/1072207383708706

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