“EDITORIAL: Conventional lifeboats are an expensive, complex, heavy and largely inadequate solution”–BairdMaritime

BairdMaritime has an interesting and possibly important editorial concerning passenger ship evacuation equipment. I think its worth the read.

“Lifeboats have undoubtedly saved many lives but mostly under favourable conditions. Launching them, particularly larger and heavier examples, in anything but benign conditions can be very dangerous. This is confirmed by the numerous examples of lifeboat drills gone wrong. Lifeboat drills have arguably killed more people than they have saved.

“I was reminded of this by a press release distributed recently by the British maritime union, Nautilus. The release called for “radical new thinking” about the concept of lifeboats and, “to examine the potential of alternative evacuation systems”.”

2 thoughts on ““EDITORIAL: Conventional lifeboats are an expensive, complex, heavy and largely inadequate solution”–BairdMaritime

  1. I suspect the Biggest Problem is FEAR! The only person with a View Out to the Outside World is the Cockswain of the Life Boat. Not Knowing what’s going on around you, Cooped Up in a Small Vessel with Others just as Frightened As You compound the problem. Especially in Heavy Sea’s, without a Point of Reference of being able to Look Out…

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