Alternative evacuation procedures and smart devices' impact assessment for large passenger vessels under severe weather conditions

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Abstract

Within the expansive domain of maritime safety, optimizing evacuation procedures stands as a critical endeavour. After all, evacuation is literally the last and fundamental safety level afforded to mariners and passengers. Recent incidents have rekindled interest in assessing the performance of this ultimate safety barrier. However, addressing evacuability requires a holistic approach. The authors present herein the setup, simulation, and ultimately evaluation of a novel approach and its ability to rigorously assess multiple innovative risk-control options in a challenging, realistic setting. Moreover, its benchmarking against conventional regulation-dictated evacuation processes is captured distinctively along with the relative effectiveness of each proposed measure. Such measures include smart technologies and procedural changes that can result in substantial improvements to the current procedures. These will impact the ongoing discourse on maritime safety by providing insights for policymakers, vessel operators, emergency planners, etc., and emphasize the need for further research and development efforts to fortify the industry against evolving safety challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Number of pages34
JournalSci
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date16 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • evacuation
  • severe weather conditions
  • passenger vessels
  • smart devices
  • impact assessment
  • alternative approaches
  • situational awareness
  • maritime safety

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