The Marine Safety Group of the National Research Council’s Institute for Ocean Technology is holding a two-day workshop, Oct. 27 – 28, for marine safety in extreme environments at the IOT Research Facility, 4 Arctic Avenue, St. John’s, NL.

The purpose for the workshop is to give those in attendance a solid overview of the work conducted by the Marine Safety Research Group over the past four years on the performance of evacuation craft, personal protective equipment, and training in extreme environments.

Presentations include
•    “Performance Limits for Evacuation Systems in Ice-Covered Waters” presented by António J. Simões Ré;
•    “Comparison of Heat Flow Between Immersed Humans and a Thermal Manikin During
•    Varying Weather Conditions,” presented by Jonathan Power;
•    “Changes in Thermoregulatory Responses Due to Wind, Waves and Leakage,” presented by Jonathan Power;
•    “Training for Extreme Environments,” presented by Stephanie Power-MacDonald; and
•    “Occupant Habitability Within a Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft,” presented by Andrew Baker.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear each of these presentations and then participate in breakout sessions to discuss the information presented.  The participation of attendees is encouraged to help identify any knowledge gaps that may still exist in the current regulatory framework and in enhancing the group’s understanding of industry requirements.

To view the Agenda and an overviewof the presentations click here.

The NRC-IOT Marine Safety Group hopes to see you at the workshop. Please RSVP to Jennifer Mersereau by October 14, 2011 to reserve your place: e-mail:; ph: (709) 772-2468

ABOUT THE MARINE SAFETY RESEARCH PROGRAM: The NRC Institute for Ocean Technology has compiled an extensive database on the performance of many life-saving technologies, including liferafts and lifeboats in extreme conditions, chutes and slides for evacuation, and thermal protection equipment. Another initiative is underway in the calibration and use of thermal manikens as a test platform for devices to counteract hypothermia. Institute researchers are also examining fishing vessels with the aim of improving the safety of workers at sea.
With partners in industry, regulatory and rescue agencies, research and government, the results of these projects are being used to formulate guidelines for the approval of safety equipment.