Cruising to safety: Improving man overboard detection with new international guidelines

Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Few consider the number of holiday makers who fall overboard. New international guidelines from ISO aim to help!

Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Yet, what few like to consider is the small but real number of holidaymakers who fall overboard. New international guidelines from ISO aim to provide a boost to the technology that detects such incidents and helps them get back on board.

Posted on ISO.org | By Katie Bird

Over 27 million holidaymakers are expected to go on a cruising holiday this year), as the industry booms with more ships, destinations and themes riding the wave. The safety of these ships is rarely put into question, yet an average of 21 “man overboard” incidents occur every year), fueling an industry that develops detection systems to raise the alarm and locate the victim as soon as possible. Up until now, there have been no internationally agreed requirements to evaluate the effectiveness of such systems.

The new publicly available specification ISO/PAS 21195, Ships and marine technology – Systems for the detection of persons while going overboard from ships (Man overboard detection), provides internationally agreed technical specifications for systems designed to detect a person who has gone overboard from a passenger ship.

It covers how the system is expected to perform in a range of environmental conditions and incident profiles.

Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Yet, what few like to consider is the small but real number of holidaymakers who fall overboard.

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