RO/RO PASSENGER FERRY SAFETY: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE CANADIAN WEST COAST

This paper discusses actions undertaken by a Canadian ferry company subsequent to the catastrophic 1994 ESTONIA capsize accident in the Baltic Sea that resulted in the loss of 912 lives. Recommendations with respect to both rough water, northern route vessels and to the southern route, more sheltered water fleet are outlined. In addition, the improvement of safety on the northern routes vessels by the fitting of improved supporting and closing devices on the bow visors, by improving the bow ramp securing arrangements and by installation of inner weathertight doors is described in detail. Some recent model testing undertaken to investigate the potential for "bow scooping", and which has provided valuable input to the International Maritime Organization's panel of experts in determining the limits of application of proposed bow flooding criteria, is reviewed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Technology, v 33 n 2, April 1996, p 81 [11 p, 14 fig]
  • Authors:
    • NOBLE, P
    • Martin, H
  • Publication Date: 1996

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM