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Livflotten - Erfarenheter från en livflotteövning

The life raft - Experiences gained from a life raft exercise

Joachim Reif ; Karl Nordström
Göteborg : Chalmers tekniska högskola, 2014. 65 s.
[Examensarbete på grundnivå]

Within the framework of the EU project Small Craft Emergency Response and Survival Training for Arctic Conditions (SMACS) a unique 30 hour exercise in collaboration between Chalmers and the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) was held. On May 26, 2014 the exercise was commenced in an area northwest of Gothenburg. Here 11 participants got to experience, as realistically as possible, an emergency situation at sea and to see which elements of risk that exists. On board the life raft, only the equipment and emergency supplies that life rafts must contain under the current regulations was allowed. This study documents the participants' feelings, perceptions and experiences with the ambition to thereby draw conclusions that can benefit the design of future education and exercises in the field of maritime emergencies. The method used was grounded theory based on semi-structured interviews with six of the 11 participants. The interviews were then transcribed and coded in a computer program designed for analysis of qualitative data. The most common risks addressed in the current literature relating to survival at sea, and also the risks that were most anticipated by the participants, were not a major factor in this exercise. Instead, the participants experienced problems with space in the life raft and difficulties to urinate. In one case the problems where so serious that the participant had to end its participation. The other participants managed to successfully complete the exercise, most of them without major impact on either their physical or mental condition. The reason for this success can be summarized in success factors including but not limited to: high level of knowledge, high motivation, good cooperation and good leadership. The absence of the stress that comes with a real emergency situation was most likely also a factor to why the participants were relatively unaffected. The study came to be a lot about the stressors impact on the individual and how this affected the perceived realism. The study is written in Swedish.

Nyckelord: Sjökaptensprogrammet, överlevnadsträning, livflotte, sjösäkerhet, sjösäkerhetsutrustning, grundad teori

Publikationen registrerades 2015-02-17. Den ändrades senast 2015-02-17

CPL ID: 212727

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