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PASSENGER SHIP SAFETY MIAMI 2018 AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
The Passenger Ship sector is booming with a rise in vessels on order as well as an increase in expedition cruising. Everchanging IMO and national regulations have changed the process of new builds focusing more on a multi-disciplinary approach to meet SOLAS and safe return to port regulations.
Chaired by Captain Buddy Reams, USCG (Retd), former Director of Prevention Operations – Seventh Coast Guard District, Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International, Passenger Ship Safety Miami will focus on the design of vessels and safety systems to bring together the Cruise and Ferry industry to discuss innovative solutions to increase safety, whilst not compromising on passenger experience.
INCORPORATING SAFETY REGULATIONS INTO NEWBUILDS
The renowned saying “a ship is its best own lifeboat” has helped influence regulation and ship design, emphasising on redundancy systems and survivability of a vessel. The meeting will analyse current and ingenious solutions to enhance damage control and continuity of the vessel.
The opening keynote address will be delivered by Rear Admiral John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, US Coast Guard.
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR LNG AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Alternative fuels and green shipping are high on the agenda for passenger ship sector. The need for lighter and more efficient vessels is pushing the industry in new designs such as LNG and hybrid battery systems. This section will analyse safety considerations and best practice to ensure passenger ship safety.
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS
Fully automated systems can help utilise predetermined algorithms to begin fighting fires as soon as they happen. Exceptional redundancy systems capable of full operational use after an incident are paramount to enhance safety. This section will explore technological advances and human efficiency to combat an incident.
INNOVATIONS IN PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION AND DETECTION
Fire detection systems play a vital role in the safety of passenger ships. The use of composite materials and coatings can help prevent the spread of heat and fires amongst structures. Developments in infrared sensors and monitoring equipment are only valuable when used in conjunction with responsive training. This section will explore cutting edge systems and Fleet wide policies for fire detection and protection.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND EVACUATION
If a vessel surpasses its casualty threshold the crew must undertake the dangerous and difficult task of abandoning and evacuating the ship. Seamless collaboration amongst shore based respondents and crew is critical in ensuring a safe evacuation. Delegates will learn from operators excelling in contingency planning and how the industry can enhance greater collaboration to enhance safety.
MAINTENANCE OF LSA
Recent training incidents and new legislation has put the service, maintenance and repair of lifeboats and launching equipment under great scrutiny as well as questioning onboard operations for safety drills. Passenger Ship Safety Miami will discuss goal based standards to enhance the strength and durability of crucial equipment and challenge single point failures.
CRUISING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTIC
As more vessels utilise the Arctic and previously inaccessible regions, the higher the chance of an incident or damage to that environment occurring. Mitigating this risk is essential, not just for passenger safety but also for the protection of these crucial ecosystems. Operators and industry organisations will look at how the booming market of expedition cruises can work together to protect passengers and enhance.
The conference is free to attend for cruise and ferry operators, government employees, coastguards and first response. Passes include access to all conference sessions, networking receptions and the exhibition room.
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