Workpackage 7: Demonstration

Workpackage number7 Start date or starting event 1
Activity typeResearch and technological development
Person-months per participant:7 4492 1


The main objective of WP7 is to test within working environment the effectiveness of the standard in rating different decisions for various casualty cases for a series of hypothetical as well as real-life (historical) scenarios as well as test the approach in the design process. The results will provide feedback to other work packages for modification, improvements or fine-tuning of the proposed standard.

Description of work

Task 7.1 Benchmark data on casualty mitigation cases
(Responsible: NTUA, Participants: SSRC, BMT, MCA)

The experimental, real life or other data provided by Task 4.1, Task 5.1 and Task 6.1 will now be combined into a set of casualty scenarios. Effort will additionally be spent on documenting in great level of detail all the information flow that typically takes place in real life casualty cases. Offices offering decision support services for marine emergencies will be consulted. Effort will be put on understanding the level of availability of decision-critical data, its timeliness, accuracy, chain of command in processing the information, type of support from computerised and other sensory systems, etc. All this information will be used to set up at least two casualty cases (e.g. collision and grounding) as benchmark for Task 7.2.

Additionally, a numerical simulation environment for random generation of casualty cases will be developed. Damage characteristics, mustering, abandonment and rescue, as well as bridge information prototypes will be emulated. Random selection will allow more comprehensive testing of the standard's ability to recommend demonstrably the best course of action to be taken. A demonstration material on these scenarios will be developed and will be supported with visualization means (animations) in order to enhance its dissemination impact.

Task 7.2 Demonstration of a casualty mitigation standard
(Responsible: BMT, Participants: SSRC, SaS, BV, MCA)

A purposeful Crises Management System (CMS) will be configured for accommodating the decision standard to be developed by FLOODSTAND project. Appropriate set of decision making modules will be developed, comprising Crises Evaluator (CE) which will be based on the FLOODSTAND concept, Emergency Organisation Database (EOD) storing information about e.g. ships systems and their status, available procedures lists, etc, and a User Interface (UI) for feeding the information on the crises and relevant for the merit function execution, as well as for conveying of the recommendation to the crew.

The system will be tested for the set of crises scenarios developed from historical or randomly generated data in Task 6.1. The performance as well as comprehensiveness of the recommendation from the system based on the FLOODSTAND concept will be compared for the same set-up but with decision merit function based on traditional, lexicographic, aspectelimination or other heuristically-based decision options optimisations. Comparison to real life scenarios will also be undertaken.

Task 7.3 Demonstration for use as a design standard
(Responsible: NTUA, Participants: SSRC, SaS, BV, MCA)

It is proposed in this task to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach for design purposes. Namely the standard can be applied for a specific choice of decisions to be taken, e.g. abandon the ship regardless of the conditions. In such a manner direct information can be obtained on how well the IMO objective on provision of the minimum 3 hours evacuation time is fulfilled. Alternatively, a screening of a set of damage scenarios can be undertaken to show impact of designing the vessel to be capable of returning to port by provision of adequate redundancy systems and obviously sufficient stability to proceed to port in varying wave conditions.

Obtained results will be reviewed in view of current regulatory developments, the improvements resulting from the developed method will be identified and information material for submission to IMO will be prepared.


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