A maritime safety on-board decision support system to enhance emergency evacuation on ferryboats

Sarvari P. A. , Çevikcan E. , Çelik M. , Üstündağ A. , Ervural B.

MARITIME POLICY & MANAGEMENT, cilt.46, sa.4, ss.410-435, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 46 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/03088839.2019.1571644
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.410-435


Planning emergency evacuation operations in a proactive manner in public marine transportation systems is a critical success factor for passenger and crew safety. Despite the fact that there is a growing attention on safety issues for marine transportation systems, providing a real-time decision support for evacuation planning under different emergency conditions has not yet been addressed. In this context, this paper contributes to the related literature by providing a comprehensive methodology including simulation and statistical analysis along with a three-module decision support system (DSS) for ferryboat emergency evacuation. Emergency evacuation and fire environment are simulated via Maritime EXODUS V5.1 and SMARTFIRE V4.3, respectively. The methodology is applied to a real-life Ro-Ro ferry, and the results not only revealed significant factors on emergency evacuation performance, but also demonstrated the validity of the developed decision support system.