The product is designed to work both as a proactive tool for increasing safety on board passenger vessels, and to aid decision-making during the initial hours of emergency situations.
NAPA Safety Solutions includes functions for planning, logging, monitoring and analysing stability and safety data, using a simple “traffic light” vulnerability system based on key indicators such as watertight door status, navigational status and stability condition.
However, the software provider says that the system’s ‘true value’ is in providing critical information and predictive analysis in the first minutes and hours of an emergency. Once flooding is detected, an alarm is sounded, and the system begins analysing data and making predictions on when the vessel will overturn or sink, and at which point the vessel’s list will render the lifeboats inoperable.
NAPA says this information will empower Masters to make better decisions regarding passenger safety, and has the potential to save lives.
“Safety in the shipping industry has improved significantly in recent years and yet news media provides regular reminders that we could be doing better,” said Juha Heikinheimo, president of NAPA.
“NAPA was working on the European Union’s FLOODSTAND project, to create algorithms and highly accurate flooding prediction models, when the Costa Concordia incident occurred. Understanding the power of data and analysis to transform our understanding and ensure informed decision-making, we re-doubled our efforts to create a comprehensive safety solution for passenger vessels.”