Safe Return to Port (SRtP) On-board Crew Advisory System (BBCAS)
Safe Return to Port - Crew Advisory Software
Brookes Bell’s Crew Advisory Tool (BBCAS) manages and maintains crew instructions and tasks to assist the onboard emergency organisation in restoring essential ship systems in the event of an incident. Based upon the specific casualty scenario, BBCAS will identify the instructions to be followed by the crew and work parties to restore essential ship systems such as power and propulsion. Progress reports by the crew and work parties, on task completion, allows the BBCAS supervisor to monitor, prioritise and direct manpower in the event of an emergency so that essential systems are restored as quickly as possible.
Compliance with SOLAS SRtP requires that essential ship systems maintain a degree of operability for a pre-defined set of casualty scenarios. As a result of this increased survivability, the crew may be required to perform various tasks intended to contain any damage and restore essential systems, and all within one hour.
Crew tasks will differ for each specific casualty scenario and the number of tasks to be completed may range from a few to hundreds of individual actions. These crew tasks must be documented for each specific casualty scenario and included as part of the vessels emergency documentation (i.e. the vessel Muster Lists). Therefore, vast amounts of data need to be stored onboard in a manner that ensures quick and efficient access, traditional paper copies of muster lists and crew actions are no longer a viable solution.
BBCAS provides the essential link between the emergency documentation and the onboard emergency organisation by ensuring the crew tasks needed to restore systems are easily recalled for each casualty scenario. The software provides the facility to assign and manage crew tasks, using tablet based Electronic Action Cards (EAC’s), so that manpower can be prioritised during an emergency.
Using drill mode and the reporting capability, vessel operators can demonstrate SRtP compliance to Flag States and carry out systematic crew training for emergency scenarios, essential to ensure crew competency where a high crew turnover is expected. Feedback and lessons learnt from emergency drills or new crew procedures can be incorporated into drills and training schedules to ensure the most efficient emergency response.
BBCAS’ intuitive user interface and ease of use make it the world’s most powerful tool for managing and coordinating the response to onboard emergencies for SRtP. The software is fully customisable, capable of incorporating any vessel layout, emergency organisation and combination of emergency scenarios. As onboard experience and drills develop the competence of the emergency response team, the initial make up of crew members, forming the emergency work parties, can be pre-defined so that teams form quickly at the associated crew assembly stations within each of the MVZs or at passenger assembly stations for passenger control.
BBCAS can be configured to run on networked computers in multiple locations, typically this would include the safety centre and the ECR. Redundancy is provided through real time updates between the computers as changes are made, thereby ensuring system operation and continuity of the emergency response even following loss or failure at one location.
Specific systems can be prioritised to ensure the emergency work parties focus attention on tasks to restore systems in order of importance, such as maintaining the fire main system or propulsion and steering. Customisable priority toggles are also included, to allow rapid priority changes, for instance the need to first restore propulsion and steering when near land or when in busy shipping lanes. System interdependencies are also included to ensure that systems are restored in a safe and stable state, and ensure that crew tasks are carried out in the most efficient order.
Tablet based Electronic Action Cards (EAC) automate allocating emergency tasks to work parties and work party reporting by using bespoke tasking software operating on Windows, Android or iOS tablets. Located at each of the crew assembly stations, the tablets are collected by the work party, with crew members signing in to confirm they are in attendance. Emergency tasks are communicated to each of the EAC’s, which once acted on, are marked as complete (or not possible), this is automatically relayed back to the main BBCAS interface allowing the coordinator to track progress. Use of EAC’s reduces bottlenecks and response times as there is no need for the work party to return to the coordinator to report progress or for subsequent tasking. Work party safety is also improved as the system continuously communicates, alerting the coordinator if no communication has been received over a certain length of time and allowing additional resources to be deployed if required.
Use of the system for onboard drills and training, builds crew confidence and competence in their emergency response to SRtP. As drills are carried out, actions not completed or components not found can be identified for further investigation. For each specified task, additional notes or instructions can be added such as detailed positional information, the need for specific tooling or equipment (hand tools, ladder, key operation) or additional manpower. BBCAS reporting, automatically compiles and outputs statistics on completed drills so that tasks not completed or which take a long time can be identified and appropriate measures taken.
How Our Software Can Help
- BBCAS allows planning and execution of SRtP drills and crew training by coordinating and monitoring the progress of emergency work parties.
- Based on delivery and design documentation, the software identifies the relevant crew procedures and actions needed for compliance with SRtP.
- Reports from completed drills form the basis of the evidence needed to allow review by management and PSC authorities to demonstrate SRtP compliance.
- The impact of modifications and upgrades to the ship arrangement or systems can be identified and analysed.
Management Information System
Extensive database containing ship-specific design and operational information of essential systems. Can be used to view specific design documentation and validate the as built arrangement of systems. Databases can be mirrored ashore to facilitate DPA/shore team support during drills and in the event of an incident.
The knowledge and information contained in the database is continuously verified and updated during drills and training exercises, and can be edited to reflect the experience and/or preference of crew for carrying out emergency tasks.
Controlled and Secure Access
Different levels of functionality depending on the user. Password-protected access for administrator.
Life-Cycle Systems Model
Optional automatic link to BBSAM model of ship systems. This allows verification of systems operability and development of crew procedures for user-defined casualty scenarios. Facilitates verification of compliance with SRtP requirements after vessel or system modification or upgrade.
Post-drill analysis and reporting to form the basis of SRtP compliance and identify problematic emergency tasks.
The application can be customised to the ship layout, crew list and emergency organisation. Other non SRtP emergencies (i.e. fire or flooding damage control) can be added to compliment and aid with defining vessel muster lists and the emergency duties.