Polish Register of Shipping has launched a new service of quick advice to ship-owners in emergency situations ,called Emergency Response Center ( ERC ). The service consists of fast-consulting activated in emergency situations that may encounter ship and its crew e.g.:
- hull damage,
- moving of the cargo,
- collision with a fixed or movable object,
- excessive tilt etc.
The Emergency Response Center consists of a four-persons team including experts on stability, hull strength, fire safety and environmental protection. In exceptional cases, experts on other fields may join the membership. Work of the team is managed by the coordinator, who is also the contact person for customers.
For ensuring reliable operation of the team, an appropriate hardware, modern means of communication and independent power supply in case of power outages has been given at its disposal. Thereby, the ERC team has the most current information and can properly assess threats for a ship in an emergency situation from 4 up to 12 hours. Previously created ERC ship computer models also ensure, that the team is able to propose a way of working.
Source: Polish Register of Shipping