Fire Technology

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 225–246 | Cite as

Analysing the Evacuation Procedures Employed on a Thames Passenger Boat Using the maritimeEXODUS Evacuation Model

  • S. Gwynne
  • E.R. Galea
  • C. Lyster
  • I. Glen


On the 19 June 2001, a Thames passenger/tour boat underwent several evacuation trials. This work was conducted in order to collect data for the validation of marine-based computer models. The trials involved 111 participants who were distributed throughout the vessel. The boat had two decks and two points of exit from the lower deck placed on either side of the craft, forward and aft. The boat had a twin set of staircases towards the rear of the craft, just forward of the rear exits. maritimeEXODUS was used to simulate the full-scale evacuation trials conducted. The simulation times generated were compared against the original results and categorised according to the exit point availability. The predictions closely approximate the original results, differing by an average of 6.6% across the comparisons, with numerous qualitative similarities between the predictions and experimental results. The maritimeEXODUS evacuation model was then used to examine the evacuation procedure currently employed on the vessel. This was found to have potential to produce long evacuation times. maritimeEXODUS was used to suggest modifications to the mustering procedures. These theoretical results suggest that it is possible to significantly reduce evacuation times.

maritimeEXODUS evacuation model validation ship simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gwynne
    • 1
  • E.R. Galea
    • 1
  • C. Lyster
    • 1
  • I. Glen
    • 1
  1. 1.Fire Safety Engineering GroupUniversity of GreenwichLondonUK

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