Last month I was at the Maritech in Ottawa and the head of the TSB was making a speech about safety in shipping, and was referencing the Queen of the North accident in her presentation. She brought up a comment about watertight doors on that doomed ship, and how they were left open, but remotely closed when flooding was detected - which to me sounded like a reasonable practice.
Much like the Costa Concordia, and Titanic for that matter, there is just no real protection for ships with that type of damage, but watertight doors seem to be the logical culprit in these disasters.
Having worked on numerous types of ships this conundrum raise its head every so often, should we or should we not have watertight doors closed during normal transits - during stand by, etc.
On large passenger ships with upwards of 15-20 watertight compartment - just in the engineering spaces, keeping water tight doors pose a risk to response to issues, and normal operations, as well as a real threat to personal safety while transiting these doors. Now in Canada we have ancient ships with ancient manual, sloppy fit, sloppy manual dogs and all, but on a modern ship, with serious hydraulic operated watertight doors, this is a real problem, having caused deaths and dismemberment on board ships. Lets face it, at the first sign of alarm, the response is to go investigate, no matter what the instrument tell us, so having watertight doors closed, just delays this response.
So my question is this - is there specific regulation dealing with this - when and where watertight doors in machinery spaces are operated - (I don't believe there is... but). Is there a source of information on best practices for this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MB9JDzBuLQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5Bd5SinHmA
( i love the warning bell on this, very helpful actually, not just clever)