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EXUS as Partner

Next Generation of Life Saving Appliances and Systems for safe and swift evacuation operations on high capacity Passenger ships in extreme scenarios and conditions

Evacuating a large passenger ship is a safety-critical and strictly time-bound task and a complex decision-making process based on the evolving situation and the information available. Timely evacuation requires fast and accurate evaluation of ship’s condition and estimation of remaining evacuation time.

The assumption that all passengers will be able to comprehend and follow instructions or even that the crew will be able to communicate verbally during a crisis is very optimistic. In response, a system that will provide clear instructions and guide passengers safely on how to react in an emergency situation without reliance on any passenger skills or experience is of paramount importance for any large passenger ship.

SafePASS will radically redefine the evacuation processes, evacuation systems/equipment and international regulations for passenger ships in all environments, hazards and weather conditions, independently of the demographic factor, by developing an integrated system that will collectively monitor, process and inform during emergencies both crew and passengers of the optimal evacuation routes, coupled with advanced, intuitive and easy to use LSA, resulting to a significant reduction of the total time required for ship evacuation and increased safety.

SafePASS is an integrated solution that provides passengers tailored evacuation assistance, assists the crew by enhancing their situational awareness and ability to handle de-skilled equipment, while incorporating fail-safe processes for the evacuation procedure. SafePASS prototypes will be validated in real environment, on a cruise ship and in LSA manufacturers testbeds and towing tanks. The consortium, consisting of 15 partners, amongst which academic institutions, classification societies, innovative SMEs, shipyard, LSA manufacturers and a cruise operator, safeguards both the high impact and implementation of the project results, through the preparation of a set of recommendations for IMO submission.


01/2019 - 08/2022

Project duration

8,270,366,25 €

Overall Budget




• Develop innovate technical solutions which significantly improve the evacuation time, safety and efficiency in large cruise ships and future structures
• Provide a technical basis and proposals for the revision of relevant IMO safety regulations
• Develop and demonstrate an intuitive evacuation system that is largely automated and fail safe so that it is operable without significant training
• Enable the timely evacuation of large numbers of persons from a wide demographic range in adverse conditions
• Facilitate common science-based understanding and a global approach to marine safety through cooperation with important shipping nations

National Technical University of Athens (Greece)

EXUS Software Ltd EXUS (United Kingdom)

University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Telesto Technologies (Greece)

Crowd Dynamics International Limited (United Kingdom)


CS GROUP (Formerly Diginext) (France)

The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars and the other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin (Ireland)

Survitec Group Limited (United Kingdom)

Chantiers de l’Atlantique (France)

RINA Hellas Etairia Priorismenis Evthinis Niognomonas (Greece)

RINA Services SPA (Italy)

Seability (Cyprus) Ltd (Cyprus)

RCL Cruises Ltd (United Kingdom)

DNV GL SE (Germany)

Viking Life-Saving Equipment AS(Denmark)


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