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SafePASS: A new chapter for passenger ship evacuation and marine emergency response

Authors: Fotios Stefanidis, Evangelos Stefanou, Evangelos Boulougouris, Lazaros Karagianndis, Panagiotis Sotiralis, Emmanouil Annetis, Olivier Balet, Panagiotis Veltsistas

Despite the current high level of safety and the efforts to make passenger ships resilient to most fire and flooding scenarios, there are still gaps and challenges in the marine emergency response and ship evacuation processes. Those challenges arise from the fact that both processes are complex, multi-variable problems that rely on parameters involving not only people and technology but also procedural and managerial issues. SafePASS Project, funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is set to radically redefine the evacuation processes by introducing new equipment, expanding the capabilities of legacy systems on-board, proposing new Life-Saving Appliances and ship layouts, and challenging the current international regulations, hence reducing the uncertainty, and increasing the efficiency in all the stages of ship evacuation and abandonment process.

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