SEASICKNESS IN TOTALLY-ENCLOSED MOTOR-PROPELLED SURVIVAL CRAFT: FIVE OFFSHORE OIL RIG DISASTERS

Authors
  1. Landolt, J.P.
  2. Light, I.M.
  3. Greenen, M.G.
  4. Monaco, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Robert Gordon's Inst of Tech, Aberdeen (Scotland) Offshore Survival Centre
Abstract
The disasters of five mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) -- Alexander L. Kielland, Ocean Ranger, Vinland, Ocean Odyssey and Rowan Gorilla I -- were studied to assess the degree to which seasickness occurs and endangers the lives of occupants of totally-enclosed motor-propelled survival craft (TEMPSC). Additionally, thousands of other peacetime marine incidents were reviewed to assess the same seasickness problem. The one reported death in the Vinland abandonment appears to be the only one that could be associated, even remotely, with seasickness. It cannot be established whether or not the victims of the Ocean Ranger had been seasick; but seasickness occurred in 75% or more of TEMPSC occupants in the other four rig disasters. It has occurred in relatively calm waters of wave heights of 1 m (Ocean Odyssey incident) and in severe seas of 15 m heights (Rowan Gorilla I). TRUNCATED
Report Number
DCIEM-91-04 — Research Paper; Reprint; Technical Note
Date of publication
15 Aug 1991
Number of Pages
7
Reprinted from
Aviat Space Environ Med, vol 63, 1992, p 138-144
DSTKIM No
92-01206
CANDIS No
104097
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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