Passenger Ship Safety, day two: Southampton 12 April 2018 – Summary report

The second day continued looking into cutting edge technology and methodology primarily in relation to evacuation. Speakers and the audience participated well in the question and answer sessions following each presentation. A fruitful and enjoyable day for all involved.

The scene was set by a thorough orientation on ongoing work in developing E-navigation tools. The many possible application of such technology was illustrated by examples. There was for example a huge potential for reducing administrative burden by automatic reporting standards and technology. Another possible application was to avoid congestion by using “just in time technology” to increase effectiveness and achieve environmental benefits. The overall aim was cost effectiveness and risk reducing.

This was followed by a presentation on how making the right decision could be supported by an integrated decision support system utilizing advanced detectors.

The morning section in Emergency management systems was finalised with a presentation on how a framework for cooperation between fire brigades in the Netherlands was established to share response capacity in terms of equipment and personal with expertise in firefighting on board ships.

The second section was on safety aspect of alternative fuel. The many safety consideration in relation to a LNG fuelled cruise ship under construction was presented. Quite a number of these were beyond the IFG Code requirement. Existing training methodologies be applied but of course adapted to cater for new risk elements.

An ongoing project on a fully battery driven Island ferry was presented. Expierence on the safety concerns with battery powered ships was accumulating. But the process had still entailed many discussions between the project, Class and flag State.

The afternoon session began with a presentation on IMO´s recent LSA regulations, current and future developments such as requirements for the micro climate on board lifesaving appliances.

Before closing the day and indeed the conference a very lively panel debate on future challenges facing passenger ship safety took place. The audience actively engaged in the debate. Evacuating a huge number of passengers with existing LSA equipment was a very difficult and risky endeavour. There was a need for simplification and a review of the whole evacuation philosophy. The current prescriptive regulation was not helpful in developing alternative methods. Hence goal based regulation was needed. The development of such regulation was difficult and had gone on for considerable time and was not foreseen finalised in near future.

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