The SafePASS project: An EU funded project that is expected to revolutionise emergency response in passenger ships via smart devices and novel Life Saving Appliances

Marine accidents create the societal pressure for improving safety, but more importantly underpin gaps in our existing procedures, constraints in the capabilities of the existing life-saving appliances and the overall effectiveness of our current procedures and response to the risks posed by the evacuation process itself. The challenge, therefore, lies in the development of cost-effective solutions that will indeed reduce loss of life in case of an evacuation, regardless of the demographical characteristics of the passengers or the environmental conditions at the location of the accident.

SafePASS system, aims to radically redefine the evacuation processes, evacuation systems and international standards for passenger ships in all environments by developing a combination of innovative systems that will collectively monitor, process and inform during emergencies both safety personnel and passengers of the optimal evacuation routes, coupled with advanced, intuitive and easy to use, lifesaving appliances that go beyond current state-of-the-art.

SafePASS consortium brings together 15 partners from the industry, academia and classification societies from all over Europe. They all share the vision of making ship evacuation and abandonment safer, faster and smarter. The duration of the project is 3 years extending from September 2019 to August 2022.

Role in the project

In SafePASS, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the project coordinator while is also leading and participating in tasks related to the Data Management processes and plan, the development of system specifications and design, the development of novel ship architectural structures and LSAs, the development of AR applications, as well as the implementation of validation campaigns and pilot demonstrations.

Apart from these activities, NTUA will have a monitoring role in all WPs in order to follow activities and ensure that the work plan is in line with the Description of Action.

NTUA participates in SafePASS with two different teams, the I-SENSE Group and the Laboratory for Maritime Transport (LMT) of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.