Collection of Evacuation Data for Large Passenger Vessels at Sea

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In the past decade, significant effort has gone into the planning and execution of full-scale sea trials in an attempt to improve, calibrate and validate existing evacuation models for passenger ships. In September, 2009 two assembly exercises were conducted at sea onboard the RO-PAX ferry SuperSpeed 1 by team members of the EU-funded project SAFEGUARD. The exercises were conducted with passengers during routine sailings between the ports of Kristiansand, Norway and Hirtshals, Denmark. Between both trials, a total of 1,769 passengers were assembled, on day one, 902 passengers and on day two 867 passengers. As part of the data collection exercise, passenger response time data was collected – using video cameras – and passenger movement data was collected using a novel infrared (IR) based position logging system. This paper briefly describes the development and testing of the data acquisition system and briefly discusses preliminary results.