Passenger Ship Safety Day One: Southampton 11th April 2018 – Summary report

The first day looked into cutting edge technology and methodology applied to achieve the highest degree of safety. Speakers and the audience participated well in the question and answer sessions following each presentation. A fruitful and enjoyable day for all involved.

The size of operation of a large cruise ship with crew from more than 100 different nationalities signing on in a port required effective pre-training and simple and easy accessible procedures etc. using i.a. apps for mobile phones. There was a need for alternative arrangements – also for operational aspects. Remote fleet monitoring on a 24/7 basis gave rise to questions on pro and cons. It was then shown how effective smoke and fire detection could be achieved by video analysis technique.

Under the section on Digitalisation and Automation the conference was presented with a summarizing of recent developments at IMO on e-navigation, maritime cyber risk management and autonomous ships. Digital information, communication systems and cyber technologies had become essential to the operation and management of numerous systems critical to the safety and security of shipping and the protection of the marine environment. The vulnerabilities created by accessing, interconnecting or networking these systems could lead to cyber risks which should be addressed. A cyber risk management approach should be adopted as part of the existing safety and security management practices established by IMO, such as the ISM and the ISPS codes. Cybersecurity would be a key enabler for new developments related to maritime autonomous surface ships.

This presentation was followed by an outlook towards autonomous vessels to which an existing intelligent awareness system using cutting edge camera and sensor technology could be a building block. Finally a ferry company´s ongoing work on digitalizing health and safety management system was presented.

The next section was on redesigning current training and evacuation equipment. The best safety policies were worth nothing unless leadership ensured that it trickled down to the individual seafarer. Here the conference learned how the USCG – during their port State control measures – looked for this being demonstrated through realistic exercises. To reach such excellent performance by crew – human performance measures were a necessary tool.

Real test at sea had shown how ships effectively could contribute in SAR operations by hoisting rafts from other ships on board with their own crane.

The conference was also presented with a reusable, comfortable respiration mask, easy to don and doff. The mask could be used for extended periods of time to effectively protect both the wearer and those who might be infected.

The day was concluded with a panel discussion on protecting and safeguarding data for improved safety of ships.

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