Wednesday, November 4, 2009
CHUTE AND SCOOT
Here at NAUTICAL LOG we have been asked what is "chute and scoot". Well here is the answer to the maritime version of "chute and scoot", pretty neat actually. These are from Australia and the link http://www.liferaftsystems.com.au/ should find them.
The basic idea is that trained personnel, as few as two persons, can deploy the system and then persons on board slide down the chute into the rafts. These can then be paddled or towed clear of the vessel. Evacuation time is minimum if the persons on board cooperate.
This may be similar to the system for crew evacuation in MS "Oasis of the Seas". Hopefully with all the video coverage from RCCL/RCI about their newest ship we shall have some coverage about the crew Safety Training. To date there has been only a brief video about the Lifeboat design and construction by the Start-Up Master CAPT. William S. Wright.
For those of you who would like to see a system in operation there are several on "YouTube" - were else - a series of videos of tests and drills. These have been conducted by various vessels and ferries. Generally the deployment times are very good, however sliding down into the rafts is a bit scary. As you can see from some evacuees it is important to just slide down freely and it all works well.