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Safe abandoning of ships, Improvement of current Life Saving Appliances Systems (SAFECRAFTS)

Objective

Issue Provide safety improvement of the evacuation system in terms of passenger/crew survivability by conceptual improvements of current lifesaving appliances (LSA). A tendency to develop passenger vessels carrying more than 5000 passengers can be seen. A major calamity, such as flooding or fire, would have catastrophic consequences. Special focus should be given to means of rescue. Little scientific evidence is available on the effectiveness of LSAs in realistic conditions. No technical evidence seems to be available on the performance of the rescue system, i.e. hardware and procedures/management. Analysing the rescue process as a whole and considering non-conventional measures, might increase the effectiveness of safety investments and save space on board. Moreover, the success rate will improve dramatically. Model scale and full scale tests of novel rescue system concepts under extreme weather conditions, will be required, a full scale test prototype will be developed in order to obtain evacuation success rates. Objective How to improve current LSAs This project is emphasising on the rescue process by both quantifying the performance of the LSAs and improving the concept of reaching the rescue vessel in a safe and reliable manner. The challenge is to exploit a first principles approach (regarding hydromechanics, mechanics, human behaviour, quantitative risk assessment and emergency management) in the design of rescue systems for passengers and crew, addressing both hardware and procedures/management. Aim must be to prove attained safety levels acceptable to the EC. Stated safety levels must be supported by sound scientific evidence. In this respect physical model tests and full scale tests will play a decisive role. Benefits Safety improvement and acceptance of rescue systems by the International Maritime Society. A more efficient use of investments with respect to rescue systems, as well as a reduction of required space on board for LSA.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-TRANSPORT-1
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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
Netherlands

Participants (17)

BRITISH MARITIME TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Waldegrave Road, 1 Orlando House
Teddington
SHIP DESIGN AND RESEARCH CENTRE
Poland
Address
Waly Piastowskie 1
Gdansk
MARITIME RESEARCH INSTITUTE NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address
Haagsteeg 2
Wageningen
SIREHNA - SOCIETE D'INGENIERIE, DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES EN HYDRODYNAMIQUE NAVALE SA
France
Address
Rue De La Noe 1, Immeuble Atlanpole
Nantes
USTICA LINES SPA
Italy
Address
Via Ammiraglio Staiti, 23
Trapani
LISNAVE - ESTALEIROS NAVAIS SA
Portugal
Address
Lisnave - Estaleiro Da Mitrena
Setubal
FR. FASSMER GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Address
Industriestrasse, 2
Berne/motzen
VIKING LIFE - SAVING EQUIPMENT A/S
Denmark
Address
Seadding Ringvej
3060 Esbjerg
BUREAU VERITAS S.A.
France
Address
Place Des Reflets 17 Bis Immeuble B22
Paris La Defense
RINAVE - REGISTRO INTERNACIONAL NAVAL SA
Portugal
Address
Estrada Paco Do Lumiar - Polo Tecnologico Lote 17
Lisboa
BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
Address
Contrescarpe 45
Bremen
POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
Poland
Address
Narutowicza 11/12
Gdansk
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049001 Lisboa
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
Address
Richmond Street 16
Glasgow
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE WESTOURS INC.
Netherlands
Address
Curieweg, 5
Spijkenisse
FLENSBURGER SCHIFFBAU-GESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO KG
Germany
Address
Batteriestrasse 52
1515 Flensburg
CARNIVAL PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Carnival House, Gainsford Street 5
London