NAPA, maritime software, services and data analysis provider, collaborates with more than 20 industry leaders and academic bodies, part of the European Commission funded FLARE project to develop a risk-based methodology that will assist “live” flooding risk assessment and control for the passenger sector.
Specifically, by using NAPA’s experience those operating in the flood risk workspace can enhance their monitoring, assessment and analysis of live floor and accelerate ship-shore response. In this way, they will improve the provision of vulnerability monitoring and survivability assessments across the passenger sector.
The project came into force in June 2019, and will run for three years with the goal of a zero-loss of life and zero-pollution.
Esa Henttinen, Executive Vice President at NAPA Safety Solutions, stated that the NAPA Emergency Computer was the result of demand in the cruise industry, adding that when the project is completed, they expect that its methodology will align key stakeholders to improve passenger ship safety, by increasing its simulation capabilities and providing more detailed and accurate assessments of external factors, such as traffic.
Markus Tompuri, Senior Technical Consultant at NAPA Safety Solutions and the NAPA lead on the FLARE project commented that
The highest risk for personnel on-board passenger ships coming from flooding accidents, and as a number of recent incidents have shown, there is an acute need for decision support systems which can enhance the abilities of officers in crisis situations.