Wednesday, September 13, 2000
ABS develops comfort guides
The criteria are contained in two new guides, available by years end. ABS Guide for Crew Habitability and ABS Guide for Passenger Comfort take into account not only noise and vibration issues, but also include lighting, indoor climate and total accommodation design issues.
This guides are a first for the industry claimed Denise McCafferty, Staff Consultant, ABS Corporate Technology, Safety Assessement & Human Factors, speaking today at at the Seatrade Mediterranean Cruise & Ferry Convention in Genoa, Italy.
For cruiseship and ferry operators the Guide for Passenger Comfort offers specific criteria that can enhance the enjoyment of the shipboard experience for passengers. "Customer satisfaction surveys show one of their primary concerns is comfort," McCafferty says. ABS examined passengers' perception of comfort and safety. Comfort goes beyond aesthetically pleasing plush interiors and furnishings," McCafferty explains. "Factors like vibration, noise, climate control and lighting all impact their ship experience. For example, the Guide offers a means for quantitatively assessing potential passenger motion sickness by examining the impact of whole-body vibration.
The criteria and methodologies for comfort are based on current research and standards relating to human physiology. The guide provides the assessment criteria and measurement methodology for obtaining a Comfort notation. Vessels complying with the guide can receive the voluntary notations of Comfort (COMF) and Comfort Plus (COMF +).