RO-RO SAFETY--SHIFT OF EMPHASIS NEEDED

Statistics on ro/ro casualties indicate that the greatest danger to the security of ro/ro vessels is not collision, but shifting cargo. The author is disturbed to find that this fact seems to be overlooked in the debate surrounding ro/ro safety. For example, new rules introduced by the IMO concerning residual safety and maximum angles of heel following a collision take into account the added moment of passengers crowding to one side of the ship and lifeboats in the launching position, but do not consider the likely effects of cars and cargo vehicles shifting. Ways of diminishing the risk of shifting are discussed. One innovative method mentioned is the use of inflatable rubber airbags to secure cargo. Another is a system of lighweight pillars that rigidly attach to deck and ceiling and that can be connected by webbing bands. New door designs, lashing considerations, and ways of securing roll trailers are also discussed.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Boyce, J
  • Publication Date: 1988-11

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  • Pagination: 3 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00656533
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM