Inadequate stability is the proximate cause of a significant share of passenger vessel casualties worldwide. A disproportionate majority of these incidents involve domestic ferries in developing nations, where there is little enforcement of internationally accepted standards. This paper describes an ongoing effort to develop an on-board device that monitors vessel stability in real time and provides alerts and guidance to the operator. The theoretical feasibility of the project is demonstrated through a review of previous work. Several methods of obtaining stability parameters from vessel's motions are presented. The conceptual design of the device and network make use of lowcost hardware and open-source software, intended to make the device accessible and scalable for operators. Interfaces for vessel operators, passengers, and regulatory agencies are envisioned, maximizing the utility of the data.
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Development of an Economical Device for Real-Time Stability Monitoring and Operational Guidance
Paper presented at the SNAME Maritime Convention, Houston, Texas, October 2017.
Paper Number: SNAME-SMC-2017-121
Published: October 24 2017
Ratinaud, Nicholas J. "Development of an Economical Device for Real-Time Stability Monitoring and Operational Guidance." Paper presented at the SNAME Maritime Convention, Houston, Texas, October 2017.
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