RADICAL SAFETY PROPOSALS HIT RO-RO PASSENGER FERRY OPERATORS

Major changes to a number of international safety conventions have been proposed by an IMO panel of experts studying the safety of ro-ro passenger ferries. This article discusses its report which, subject to further improvements, recommends a series of measures applicable to existing ships, including amendments to SOLAS 74, the Maritime Research and Rescue (SAR) Convention, and the STCW 78 Convention. One of the most important proposals concerns the effect of a build-up of water on the enclosed ro-ro deck. The panel says that existing damage stability requirements should be improved to include the effects of water being accumulated on the ro-ro deck in order that the ship can survive in more severe sea states. The panel admits that some of its proposals will have sever implications to existing ro-ros and may even lead to some being forced out of service.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Engrs Rev, May 1995, p 10 [2 p]
  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM