AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLE OF STANDBY SHIPS IN OFFSHORE SAR

The traditional functions of standby ships in search and rescue missions include: rescuing individuals and groups of people; warning off other shipping near manned offshore installations; providing emergency communications; and acting as the on-scene commander in the early stages of a major incident. The author examines the factors that affect the successful carrying out of these functions. The capability of standby ships in rescue missions was compared with that of other vessel types, e.g., supply ships, anchor handling tugs, and ROV support vessels. Results of a series of studies carried out by the UK's Standby Ship Operators Association indicate that standby ships have achieved the greatest number of successful rescues offshore of any type of vessel. The final section of the paper summarizes fundamental criteria that must be met by any vessel acting as a standby ship.

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  • Pagination: 15p.

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  • Accession Number: 00656893
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM