Passenger Ship Evacuation Seminar – 30 November 2012

Announcing a 1 day seminar at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects concerned with Passenger Ship Evacuation presenting the results of the SAFEGUARD project.

SAFEGUARD, a 3.5 year (April 2009 — Dec 2012) EU FP7 project focusing on issues associated with the evacuation of large passenger ships, has generated more comprehensive passenger evacuation data than any other single evacuation project in history!  The project involved:

– Three passenger ships:

  • Superspeed1, Jewel of the Seas, Olympia Palace.

Superspeed 1

Olympia Palace

Jewel of the Seas

– Five semi-unannounced assembly trials, at sea involving:

  • 5,600 passengers successfully and safely assembled.
  • 5,000 infra-red tags issued to passengers
  • 100 Gb of video data collected from 246 video cameras
  • 3000 passenger questionnaires collected.
  • The assembly trial on the Jewel of the Seas involved 2304 passengers, making it the largest fully monitored assembly trial ever conducted at sea. 

Assembly on the Jewel of the Seas


–  Three ship evacuation models:

  • maritimeEXODUS, EVI, ODIGO.

–  9 research partners:

  • 2 Universities: University of Greenwich (UK) and the Memorial University (Canada)
  • 4 engineering consultancy firms: BMT (UK), Bureau Veritas (France), Principia (France), Safety @ Sea (UK).
  • 3 Shipping Lines: Color Line Marine AS (Norway), Royal Caribbean International (Finland), Minoan Lines Shipping SA (Greece).

FSEG and other project partners will be presenting the main findings from project SAFEGUARD at a 1 day seminar at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Head Quarters in central London.  The seminar will address the following key questions:

  • Do we really know that cruise ships and passenger ferries can safely evacuate passengers in an emergency?
  • How do “real” passengers actually react in an evacuation?
  • Can we be certain that the current passenger evacuation simulation software is realistic?
  • How can we improve current IMO guidelines concerning the assessment of ship evacuation capabilities?

The seminar will present the work of SAFEGUARD and discuss suggested modifications to the IMO MSC Circ 1238 arising from the project.

The content of the seminar is as follows:

  • Background on ship evacuation issues.
  • Introduction to the SAFEGUARD project, methodology, description of the three shipping companies and the ships investigated.
  • Enhanced Benchmark Scenarios and model performance and recommendations to IMO MSC.
  • Response time data set: data collection, the data sets, implications to IMO MSC.
  • Validation data sets: 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.

Places are limited, so it is recommended that you register early.  Full details and online registration can be found at the RINA web site at:

SEMINAR DATE: 30 November 2012

SEMINAR LOCATION: RINA Head Quarters; 10 Upper Belgrave Street; London SW1X 8BQ; UK

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