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Maritime disasters in recent years are a stark reminder of the imperative need for timely and effective evacuation of large passenger ships during emergency. This is why all the cruise ships are implementing sophisticated drill procedures and training methods for the crew.

Logo Palaemon Project

The PALAEMON project has been created to maximize the effectiveness of passenger evacuation during an emergency or a serious incident. It regards large cruise and RoPax (cruise ferries) ships and it combines the expertise of a lot of stakeholders from the field of cruise ship manufacturing, large cruise ship operators, classification societies, sensor and technology organizations, a multidisciplinary group of innovators (such as SIMAVI), experts in eLearning and virtual training.

PALAEMON proposes the development and evaluation of a sophisticated mass centralised evacuation system, based on a radical re-thinking of Mass Evacuation Vessels, combined with an intelligent ecosystem of critical components. This method will provide real-time access to data, in order to establish appropriate evacuation strategies. Thus, the operational planning of the evacuation process on damaged or flooded vessels is highly optimized.

The intelligent ecosystem of PALAEMON incorporates innovative technologies for sensing, people monitoring and counting and localisation services as well as real-time data during accident time. These will be integrated into an independent, smart situation-awareness and guidance system for sustaining an active evacuation route for large crowds, making emergency response in EU passenger ships more efficient.

Continuous monitoring and permanent control will enhance the capacity to detect, prevent and mitigate any issue and potential harm arising from physical and/or man-made accidents and disasters.

SIMAVI’s responsibilities

As a technological partner, SIMAVI will lead the Augmented Reality Glasses training programs for ship crews. Furthermore having great expertise in training activities, SIMAVI will be leading the PALAEMON Academy.

SIMAVI is similarly involved in another European project: ISOLA. For ISOLA, SIMAVI will also develop Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality apps for training the crew members and assist the security officer on board the cruise ship, but will also deliver a mobile app that communicates to passengers on threat situations.


VR technologies and AR systems will have the innovative mission to enhance staff training and awareness and to facilitate knowledge transfer and best practices standardization. Equipped with Oculus Quest headsets, VR users will have the ability to safely drill various passenger safety related scenarios. The VR technology will allow therefore a full immersion of the users enabling first hand cooperation between trainees and subject matter experts.

Some of the specific tasks that can be conducted in the PALAEMON with the help of VR are:

  • Training of the staff;
  • Assessment of the staff;
  • Drill scenarios development;
  • Continuous improvement of safety procedures.

Augmented Reality Glasses for the ship crew

Augmented Reality components have a crucial role in supporting the implementation of the evacuation scenarios. Within the PALAEMON project, the headset used for AR components will be the HoloLens 2 device from Microsoft. During the simulations, Augmented Reality will support a few critical features.

First, the glasses will provide the crew real time assistance and guidance during the scenarios.

Second, the state-of-the-art technology will supply the crew members with vital information on ship status, on any changes or updates on the evacuation strategy, while monitoring the passengers and the environment.

Furthermore, AR will enable the real time communication for crew members during the evacuation scenarios, facilitating just in time information exchange between the participants.

The consortium

Coordinator: Airbus Defence And Space SAS (ADS), France

Partners: Software Imagination & Vision (SIMAVI), Romania; Autoritatea Navala Romana, Romania; Atos Spain SA, Spain; Konnektable Technologies Limited (KT), Ireland; Engitec Systems International Limited (ESI), Cyprus; Internet Of Things Applications And Multi Layer Development LTD, Cyprus;  Johanniter Osterreich Ausbildung Und Forschung Gemeinnutzige GMBH (JOAFG), Austria; National Technical University Of Athens (NTUA), Greece; Advantic Sistemas y Servicios S.L, Spain; DSB Deutsche Schlauchboot GmbH, Germany; Jade Hochschule Wilhelmshaven/ Oldenburg/ Elsfleth (JHS), Germany; Ericsson Hellas Sa Tilepikoinoniakoy Ilinox (Ericsson Hellas), Greece; Danaos Shipping Company Limited (Danaos), Cyprus; Engineers For Business Ipiresies Technologias Kai Michanikis Anonimi Etairia (EfB), Greece; Astilleros De Santander Sa (Astander), Spain; Dnv Gl Hellas Sa (Dnv Gl), Greece; Admes Monoprosopi Idiotiki Kefelaiouchiki Etaireia (AdMeS), Greece; Thales Italia Spa (THALIT), Italy; Universidad De Alcala (UAH), Spain; Panepistimio Aigaiou (UAEGEAN), Greece; Wiser Srl (WISER), Italy; Anonymos Naftiliaki Etaireia Kritis (ANEK), Greece; Oesterreichischer Lloyd Seereederei LTD (OELS), Cyprus; Maritimes Trainingszentrum Wesermasch, Germany; Attica Group, Greece.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 814962.

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