The Passenger Ship Safety Miami event 2017 focuses on keeping passenger’s sage in highly pressurised situations
Published on 22 March 2017
Keeping passengers safe at sea requires cruise and ferry operators to mitigate against a huge number of risks. Delegates attending Passenger Ship Safety Southampton, 4th-6th April 2017, will hear from industry experts discussing technologies, solutions and strategies and what the future risks may entail.
Employee training is often seen as a business cost within all industries yet under-trained staff can increase operational overheads and create dangerous conditions for passengers during abnormal conditions. A well-coordinated team is more likely to operate a large cruise vessel at the highest level of safety.
Simulator training enhances decision making
Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director, CSMART, will present key findings from a research project which demonstrates the regular simulator training of unusual challenging situations is fundamentally key to ensuring employees onboard take the correct actions during pressurised situations.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Hans commented:
“Control functions must be in place in any operating environment so that an error by one person in the team should be expected and managed but an error from a team of three or four people is a hazard that must be dealt with at an organisational level.”
Hans will also share strategies which include moving away from the old hierarchical system with the Captain doing everything to a coordinated team approach.
There won’t be many higher pressurised situations than having a man overboard emergency. Whether dealing with one, or multiple casualties, cruise and ferry operators not to mention coastguards, emergency response and other search and rescue agencies will be tested to their limits.
GNSS technology for maritime search and rescue
Captain Samir A. M. Mahdaly, College of Technology and Maritime Transport, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime transport, Egypt will present how GNSS technology can be used in maritime search and rescue operations.
Speaking about the technology, Captain Mahdaly stated:
“This technology improves the ability to find survivors in water, either by day or night, as well as those in restricted visibility or even those trapped in a sunken wreck. The person tracking system combines the use of GNSS technology for locating survivors and specialised software allowing the information to be viewed via the internet on electronic charts display”
Losing control of a ship’s operational systems for example places the crew and passengers in a highly dangerous situation. The severity of the situation is heavily increased when malicious intent causes the incident.
Cyber security - Major threat 2017
With cyber security emerging as one of the biggest global threats in 2017 it is no surprise the shipping industry is starting to take notice. Passenger Ship Safety will welcome Phil Tinsley, Maritime Security Manager, BIMCO, to discuss the specific issues the industry faces, how to train for breaches, minimise impact and ensure operational systems on board are not compromised.
“Passengers expect connectivity no matter where they are in the world and the cruise industry has to ensue this link does not compromise any of the passengers personal or sensitive data, or the operational systems on board.” Phil Tinsley, Maritime Security Manager, BIMCO
Additionally, cruise and ferry operators will leave the session with a thorough understanding how incidents can be reported successfully without causing reputational damage.
Passenger Ship Safety Southampton is the only forum of its kind discussing how to keep passengers safe at sea. Over 150 delegates from cruise and ferry operators, coastguards, emergency response, government and industry will be in attendance during the 3-day event complete with exhibition and networking breaks.
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