WP3 Novel LSA
Amongst the different workstreams that is ongoing within WP3 is the development of a number of areas which will enhance safety in the event of the evacuation of the vessel. This includes developing updated Functional and Performance requirements long with potential LSA solutions to meet those new requirements, and how they will impact on vessel design and evacuation.
Functional & Performance Standard
Within the workstream, the Function and Performance required from the LSA when it is actually installed onboard a particular vessel is being reviewed, with aim of developing requirements which allow for the installation of high performing novel LSA in alternative locations onboard vessels. The developments are being guided by the requirements for Offshore LSA, where specific requirements of the local environment and structure define the required Performance requirements.
Development work is underway looking at how the requirements would be reflected in the actual design of a number of different styles of LSA and personal survival equipment.
For the personal survival equipment, Smart technology to assist in locating and guiding the passenger in the event of an emergency is being developed. The technology would be fitted to a user friendly, easy to wear, as seen below.
With the different OEMs in the workstream, two styles of LSA are being investigated – Softshell (Inflatable) and Hardshell (rigid hull boat).
The hardshell (traditional Lifeboat hull) solution (shown below), can allow for simultaneous evacuation from a number of decks, reducing the time to muster and flow of persons through the vessel.
The softshell inflatable solution (shown below), is looking at being flexible/mobile in its position on the sideshell where it is deployed. This allows the system to be strategically positioned along the deck in response to the incident onboard, allowing the full capacity of LSA to be maintained.
The concepts will be developed into working models and tested at scale in the extreme environments experienced at sea.