Title: Suggestions Derived from Study of the Und Adriyatik Case
Citation: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Electronics in Transport - A Condition for Sustainable Development and Prosperity of a Modern and Safe Transport vol. 16 p. 1-10
Publisher: Electrotechnical Association of Slovenia
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47648
URI: http://www.ezs-zveza.si/isep2008/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Summary: The ro-ro vessel "Und Adriyatik" ignited off the coast of Istria in February, 2008, resulting in a serious danger of explosion and loss of life. The crew, however, survived after abandoning ship and spending an hour and half afloat in or clinging to a six-person life raft (before being rescued from the cold sea); they did not drop the anchor, although they jumped ship from the bow, and so the ship was burning and adrift. The crisis itself and the overall response to it provided researchers an opportunity to employ various technologies in a genuine crisis situation, resulting in the usual benefit of furthering knowledge of basic safety at sea, traffic monitoring, transporting dangerous cargo on ro-ro's, ro-ro ship construction, fire spreading, evacuation, preparedness and respond strategies when the weather forecast and ocean conditions are unpredictable, as well as ancillary benefits such as finding that such an occurrence in a relatively small sea area (near the Bay of Trieste, surrounded by three potentially affected nations) amplifies problems related to international cooperation. Moreover, there are legal problems concerning the position of the ship when the fire started (inside or outside Croatian territorial waters) and the common recognition of boundaries, in the sense that the Croatian Environmental and Fisheries Zone (EFZ) does not coincide with Search and Rescue (SAR) zone and with the Italian view of what waters are or are not international. Meanwhile, as every opportunity for study should be taken, we also look here are at the specific circumstances of the fire and believe the open sides of the top covered deck have a decidedly deleterious unintended effect. Key words: Traffic monitoring, RoRo fire safety, Simulation, Crisis Management, Law of the Sea
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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