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Document ID (ISN)67121
CIS number 96-1362
ISBN(s) 0-7176-1072-1
Year 1996
Convention or series no. OTH 93 407
Author(s) Wander T.R.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Title An assessment of technologies for the location of persons lost at sea in the UKCS
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6FS, United Kingdom, 1996. ix, 129p. Illus. 15 ref. Price: GBP 40.00.
Abstract This report describes a range of technologies and systems that would claim to improve the chances of rapid and reliable detection of persons who had fallen overboard. This scenario may happen in oil operations in the United Kingdom continental shelf. There is currently no system that would assure completely the location of a survivor within the critical 1-3 hour survival time in all weather conditions in daylight and at night. A combination of complementary technologies may be required to provide the greatest probability of detection. The advent of satellite communications and of emergency position indicating radio beacons fitted on helicopters and vessels allows search and rescue resources to concentrate their efforts on a smaller area of sea. There is a detailed description of: rescue authorities, light systems, radio and radar systems and reflective technologies. Sea trials are illustrated and a discussion is dedicated to the relative merits of presently available devices.
Descriptors (primary) rescue organization; rescue from drowning; survival; offshore oil extraction; rescue equipment
Descriptors (secondary) radio communications; United Kingdom; new technologies; helicopters; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
First aid and emergency organization