OFFSHORE EVACUATION: STEPS TOWARDS A SAFE AND ORDERLY EXODUS

The report on the SSB 2.2 project, started in 1978 and carried out under the management of Det norske Veritas, for the study of evacuation of personnel by sea from offshore installations was published in Sept. 1983. After giving some background information on this Norwegian project <and mentioning that the Alexander Kielland disaster in 1980 did not affect the project tasks or priorities>, the Authors, of DnV, discuss the contents of the report. Equipment and other matters considered include: the Debarko patented davit and its advantages; problems with lifeboat hooks; pick-up boats <effective, but launching and retrieval can be difficult>; methods for transferring personnel to rescue vessels or <if it cannot be avoided> to the sea; tests with vertical circular-section escape chutes; transfer bridges <various developments and proposals were considered, and it is mentioned that the role of rescue and standby vessels remains questionable without a satisfactory transfer system>; free-fall lifeboats <one designed by the Ship Research Institute of Norway, as part of the project, has received initial approval from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate>; survival suits; quantification of state of readiness <models for computer analysis have been developed>; contingency plans; and lifeboat teams. A number of recommendations from the report are summarised.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Safety at Sea, 1983, p. 24 <Oct.> (3 pp., 3 diag.)
  • Authors:
    • Knaggs, T
    • Rostad, B
  • Publication Date: 1983

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00686080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM