Despite the fact that the maritime sector is continuously investing in increasing and maintaining safety on board ships, additional effort is needed in the pathway towards zero-loss of life and zero-pollution. The highest risk for persons on board ships comes with flooding accidents, but consequences may be reduced when appropriate actions are taken following such an accident, thus greatly reducing the probability of loss of life or damage to the environment.
The FLARE consortium comprises key stakeholders from industry, academia and policy makers, involved in ship flooding risk research as a froup for over twenty years (HARDER, SAFEDOR, GOALDS, EMSA III, eSafe), the latter three focussing on passenger ships. This offers a unique knowledge base and capability to support targeted new developments and expedite implementation.
The FLARE project will target a risk-based methodology for “live” flooding risk assessment and control, by developing a generic (all incidents in one model) and holistic (active and passive measures) risk model with potential application to newbuildings and, which is totally new, to existing ships. Innovative technical solutions in ship concepts and equipment for risk containment and control will be accompanied by proposals for the revision of relevant IMO regulations towards a risk-based approach to contain and control risk in passenger ships from flooding incidents, thereby significantly contributing to the safety of both passenger and ship.
- Create an updated accident database for passenger ships and damages. Using this with support from suitably verified flooding simulation tools to develop a generic risk model for flooding incidents, accounting for collision and grounding with focus on cost-effective risk containment in emergencies.
- Ensure the risk model is generic (all incidents in one model), holistic (active and passive measures) with potential application to newbuildings and existing ships.
- A risk-aware approach post-flooding incidents from susceptibility to flooding to emergency response, including mustering and abandonment in extreme flooding scenarios.
- Innovative technical solutions at TRL5 in ship concepts and equipment targeting risk containment, including: crashworthiness, minimising the risk from WT doors, use of highly expandable foam post-incident, decision support for crisis management.
- Develop a proposal for the revision of relevant IMO regulations towards a risk-based approach to contain and control risk in passenger ships from flooding incidents.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 814753.