Performance of Marine Evacuation Systems
Development of efficient means of survival in the offshore environment is very crucial. The initiative in escape, evacuation and rescue will help the Canadians survive in harsh marine conditions. The focus of this work is on the safety of the Escape-Evacuation-Rescue process during an emergency abandonment of an offshore petroleum installation. It includes the investigation of the performance capabilities of different types of evacuation systems over a range of weather conditions. In addition, the evacuation systems are evaluated in different configurations. So far, model scale experiments have been carried out in a large test facility for conventional twin falls davit launched lifeboats, the same system modified by the addition of a flexible boom, and free fall boats. Some work has also carried out in ice-covered waters, and work in progress is focused on rafts. Numerical modeling and simulation of evacuation systems will also be used to predict the performance capabilities. The available results inform the quantitative assessment of escape and evacuation procedures, which could be used to guide the implementation of risk control measures. Weather is shown to have important effects on performance, as are clearance and orientation.
30 Nov -0001
Oil and Gas Industry
Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture