IMO MSC circular 1033 [1] outlines the guidelines for evacuation analyses of new and existing passenger ships. This requirement coupled with recent advancements in computer technology has lead to the development of sophisticated computer-based simulation of the evacuation process on passenger ships. In order for these simulation tools to provide accurate and useful results, it is imperative they use realistic data for passenger movement throughout the evacuation process. However, due to the nature of ship abandonment, quantifying human performance in actual abandonment situations is very difficult. For this reason, simulation inputs must rely on results of controlled, well-defined experiments. This paper outlines experiments conducted to quantify human performance during abandonment using a variety of life saving appliances for ambulatory and non-ambulatory individuals wearing personal floatation apparatus. Evacuation analysis using commercially available software with these data is also presented as it relates to improving ship design for evacuation of non-ambulatory persons.

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