Collection of Evacuation Data for Large Passenger Vessels at Sea

  • E.R. GaleaEmail author
  • R.C. Brown
  • L. Filippidis
  • S. Deere
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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.


International Maritime Organisation Read Rate Response Time Distribution Evacuation Data Passenger Ship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E.R. Galea
    • 1
    Email author
  • R.C. Brown
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Filippidis
    • 1
  • S. Deere
    • 1
  1. 1.Fire Safety Engineering GroupUniversity of GreenwichLondonUK
  2. 2.Offshore Safety and Survival Centre, Fisheries and Marine InstituteMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada

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