Rescue areas and meeting points are provided on Navy or Marine vessels in case of emergency situations such as a fire or if the ship is in danger of sinking. As with all areas, rescue points have particular demands on installed lighting equipment. The required lighting solution must work in all weather conditions and will also provide a safe working environment.
Special demands for rescue areas
It is important to install spot lights and floodlights to illuminate the surface of the sea in order to identify rescue boats and life rafts to enable people to disembark the vessel . This lighting must provide instantaneous light output from the moment it is switched on. Emergency (battery-powered) back up lighting must also be installed in case of power failure/black-out situations.
Important factors when working with lighting solutions for rescue areas:
- Meeting points (in case of fire or ship sinking).
- Spot lights to illuminate the surface of the sea.
- Instant light output from start up.
- Emergency systems in case of black-outs.
- IP rating.
For embarking launched boats and rafts it is important to have sufficient light at sea level. This can create problems specially on larger vessel with a high freeboard.
In case of danger time is a critical factor, therefore it is impossible to wait for discharge lamps warming up, light has to be on instantly to reduce the risk of injuries. The lighting illumination should have an average level of at least 50 lux.
Emergency backup light systems
In case of blackout lights have to have a backup system either centralised or decentralised with integrated battery backup system.
One demand is the IP class. The challenge for outdoor areas is not only the rain and spray water, but also the light fixtures must withstand intensive cleaning, using brushes, tools and sometimes high-pressure cleaners.
We always recommend the use of Navy or Marine-approved lighting in rescue areas.