U.K. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT RESEARCH INTO ENHANCING THE STABILITY AND SURVIVABILITY STANDARDS OF RO-RO PASSENGER FERRIES: OVERVIEW STUDY--ITS OMISSIONS, INACCURACIES AND BIASES. THE FUTURE

In April 1990, an Overview Study prepared by British Maritime Technology upon completion of the Ro-Ro Ferry Research Program was presented at a public symposium. The study assessed the merits, costs and safety of seventeen devices selected by the project Steering Committee. The author criticizes what he feels are certain omissions, inaccuracies and biases in the study and claims that there is only one solution, standing alone, that is capable of preventing loss through capsize or foundering, namely, SEABASS--an acronym for Ships Emergency Automatic Buoyancy and Stability System. The system, to whose description his paper is mainly dedicated, involves the use of buoyancy bags connected to high-pressure gas cylinders that are positioned inside a vessel hull adjacent to the bags. In an emergency, where the vessel is in danger of capsize or foundering, the bags are inflated in less than one second, simultaneously jettisoning their normally low-profile, hydrodynamicaly shaped casings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference paper
  • Authors:
    • Short, M C
  • Conference:
    • Ro-Ro '90
    • Location: Trieste, Italy
    • Date: 1990-5-15 to 1990-5-17
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Pagination: 20p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661831
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM