International Maritime Organization Type Approvals Tests for a New Totally Enclosed Lifeboat Design (2005 - 2006 and 2010 - 2011)

OSSC was contracted by a lifeboat designer to be involved in test setup, test running and data collection activities for six International Maritime Organization lifeboat type approvals tests on its new lifeboat design. The six tests were: seating space, helpless person recovery, freeboard, side impact, drop and fire.

The conduct of the fire test represents the first time the fire test had been conducted in Canada and reflects a unique capability of OSSC.

Fisher Safety Training (2005 - 2006)

Commercial fishing is a dangerous industry. Factors contributing to accidents at sea include weather, design of the fishing vessels, fishing regulations and human behaviour. Traditionally, safety education has focused on making individual fish harvesters aware of safety regulations and procedures.

This usually included classroom exercises and written material. While this approach has increased knowledge of safety issues it is based on a traditional model of education and does not make use of multimedia. This project developed a multimedia adult education approach to safety training in the fishing industry.

Emergency Personal Locator Beacon (2003 - 2005)

Tracking personnel on a ship or offshore drilling/production platform is a critical safety issue. It is vital in emergency situations to know the location of all personnel at the start of an emergency, the integrity of the escape routes and potential alternative routes, and how personnel respond in moving to muster stations and ultimately to evacuation points.

Current evacuation drills rely on manual head counts to ensure all personnel are located. This method is prone to errors and time consuming. If someone is unaccounted for, crucial time is lost in determining the identity and location of the missing individual.

This project's main objective was to develop an innovative technology using wearable Radio Frequency Identification tags that improve the safety of personnel working in the offshore petroleum and maritime industries.

Anthropometrics of Offshore Workers in Eastern Canada (2004)

Lifeboat capacities are based on a standardized mass (75 kilograms) and hip width (430 millimetres) of occupants. It is anticipated these dimensions are inadequate for today's offshore workers in Eastern Canada, particularly if they are wearing marine abandonment immersion suits.

A study was commissioned by Transport Canada, Marine Safety, to measure the anthropometrics of offshore workers undertaking basic survival training courses at both Survival Systems Limited in Nova Scotia and OSSC in Newfoundland and Labrador. The study was conducted in two parts - the first to measure the physical size (height, weight, shoulder breadth, hip breadth (standing), hip breadth (sitting)) of two groups of seafarers in standard work dress and three typical immersion suits.

The second part was to examine their fit into two lifeboats (one 36 person and a 50 person) when wearing work dress and then each of the immersion suits.