SAFEGUARD Passenger Evacuation Seminar



30 November 2012, London, UK

You may also be interested in the next Design & Operation of Passenger Ships Conference, which is taking place in London on 20 - 21 November 2013.

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Seminar Overview

  • Do we really know that cruiseships and ferries can safely evacuate passengers in an emergency?
  • How do "real" passengers actually react in an passenger ship evacuation?
  • Can we be certain the current passenger evacuation simulation software is realistic? 

The EU-funded SAFEGUARD research project bringing together nine international companies and research institutes based in the UK, France, Canada, Norway and Greece to perform a series of full-scale ship passenger evacuation trials to gather data for calibration and validation of ship based evacuation simulation models.

Data collected from real sea trails on three passenger ships and five semi-unannounced passenger evacuation assemblies will be used by the SAFEGUARD partners to create a large data base of passenger response times and assembly times of a sufficient depth and detail to permit simulation model calibration, verification and validation. It is also hoped that this data will serve as the basis for improved evacuation analysis protocols beyond the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) MSC circular 1238.


Seminar Content

  • Background on passenger ship evacuation, presenting the partners
  • Introduction to the SAFEGUARD project, methodology, description of the three shipping companies and the ships.Damaged Ship 1
  • Enhanced Benchmark Scenarios and model performance and the recommendations to IMO MSC.
  • Response time data set: data collection, the data sets, implications for IMO MSC.
  • Validation data set: data collection, the data sets, the model performances and the recommendations to IMO MSC.
  • Heel Benchmark: Rationale, the benchmark, the model performances, and the recommendations to IMO MSC.
  • Fire Benchmark: Rationale, the benchmark, the model performances, and the recommendations to IMO MSC.

Seminar Papers

  • ColorLine: The 'SuperSpeed' in SAFEGUARD - Jan Helge Pile, ColorLine
  • Royal Caribbean: The 'Jewel of the Seas' in SAFEGUARD - Chris Van Raalten, RCL
  • Minoan Lines: The 'Olympic Palace' in SAFEGUARD - Christos Vazouras, Minoan Lines
  • Enhanced Evacuation Scenarios - Antoine Breuillard, BV
  • Data Collection Methodologies - Dr Steven Deere, UoG
  • Response Time Data - Rob Brown, OSSC
  • Validation Data Sets - Professor Ed Galea, UoG
  • Heel Benchmark - Ian Nicholls, S@S
  • Fire Benchmark - Professor Ed Galea, UoG

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Seminar Venue

The venue for the seminar will be at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Head Quarters at 10 Upper Belgrave Street, London, SW1X 8BQ. The seminar will take place in the Weir lecture hall, teas/coffees and lunch in the Denny Library.

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