Totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft occupant loading trials

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Report; no. OCRE-TR-2012-34
Physical description42 p.
SubjectLifeboat; TEMPSC; habitability; ergonomics; occupancy; evacuation
AbstractThis report describes a study aimed at investigating relative increased occupant loading times and possible diminished occupant capacities of Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft (TEMPSC) operating in arctic waters. The experiment was designed to establish the impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) on habitability by examining changes in loading times as subjects donned various clothing ensembles (i.e. levels of PPE) and performed tasks associated with normal TEMPSC operation (i.e. loading, fastening seatbelts, etc.). The clothing ensembles tested included combinations of base clothing, lifejackets, and marine abandonment suits. The impact of transporting and loading a stretcher into a lifeboat was also examined. The results of this study suggest that PPE can have a direct impact on the time required to load lifeboats, especially as the level of PPE is increased to match the requirements operations in northern regions. Also, design changes may be needed to account for increases in the body dimensions of offshore workers (due to changing anthropometrics and the requirement of marine abandonment suits), as well as to accommodate the loading and transport of injured workers or passengers on stretchers.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationOcean, Coastal and River Engineering; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NPARC number21268568
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Record created2013-10-09
Record modified2016-10-03
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