Lifeboat and life raft diminished occupancy capacity study

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Report
Physical description42 p.
SubjectLifeboat; Life raft; PPE; occupancy; EER
AbstractThis report describes a study aimed at determining the relative diminished occupant capacity of lifeboats and life rafts among individuals wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while onboard cruise ships. The experiment was designed to establish the impact of PPE on occupancy by examining changes in anthropometric measures as participants donned various clothing ensembles (i.e. levels of PPE). The results of this study suggest that PPE can have an impact on the occupant capacity of lifeboats and life rafts. Donning various forms of PPE can increase anthropometric dimensions to the point that they no longer align with the IMO-SOLAS standards regarding the amount of space available per person onboard survival crafts.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NPARC number21256712
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Record identifierf5933b9b-3d30-4f68-afa1-8625a981e7a1
Record created2013-02-28
Record modified2016-10-03
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