Based on the SOLAS (Safety Of Life at Sea) regulation of the IMO (International Maritime Organization), all cruise or passenger ships are required to provide passengers with simple instructions regarding safety and handling of emergency situations. Evacuation information is primarily displayed through static means, specifically safety leaflets, which are posted throughout the ship in cabins and corridor/common area walls.
Given that large passenger ships consist of complex infrastructures with a large number of decks/common spaces, in case of emergency, difficulties may arise in the attempt to find an evacuation route, a situation that is further exacerbated by the large volume of passengers, including the crew. Moreover, the ship's status during an emergency constantly changes, and today's static means and leaflets cannot adequately cover the dynamic evolution of the ship's situation.
In this context, and to enhance the safety of passenger ships/cruise ships, the Cruise SafetyApp was developed for mobile phones and for use by passengers. The application, in critical situations, supports the evacuation process, offering dynamic instructions for their safe movement to the assembly stations (muster stations), based on their respective position on the ship, while in everyday operating conditions it helps passengers move - navigate on the ship, offering them useful information about points of interest (POIs) and options, choices available to them.
The application will be available to all passengers/smartphone users upon their entry into the ship's area and will be provided at no additional charge.