NAPA joins EU-funded passenger ship safety initiative

Dangerous waters… The EU-funded FLARE project aims to create a live flooding risk assessment for passenger vessels Credit: chokchaipoomichaiya/ Getty Images

Finnish maritime software firm NAPA has partnered with over 20 industry leaders and academic bodies as part of the European Commission-funded FLARE project, which aims to develop a risk-based methodology that will enable “live” flooding risk assessment and control for the passenger vessel sector.

The FLARE project was started in June 2019 and is set to run for three years. It hopes to create a “generic” (all incidents in one model) and “holistic” (active and passive measures) risk model with potential applications on newbuildings and existing ships.

NAPA has been at the forefront of maritime safety simulations for years with its Emergency Computer offering, which assesses the vulnerability of an intact ship, as well as its survivability, in the case of a flooding emergency. The product allows those in an at-risk flood workspace to improve their monitoring, assessment and analysis of a “live” flood, and in turn, accelerate ship-shore response.

“The highest risk for personnel on-board passenger ships coming from flooding accidents, and as a number of recent incidents have shown, there is an acute need for decision support systems which can enhance the abilities of officers in crisis situations,” said Markus Tompuri, senior technical consultant at NAPA Safety Solutions and the NAPA lead on the FLARE project.

Since its launch in 2015, NAPA’s Emergency Computer has been taken up by a number of major cruise operators, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Viking Ocean Cruises.

“Our partnership with FLARE will enable us to further study and enhance NAPA Emergency Computer’s assessments, and make passenger vessels substantially safer,” Tompuri added.