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Project for reviewing lifeboat ventilation requirements

Status: Active

The NRC is working with partners to review the safety of ventilation systems of enclosed lifeboats used in Arctic waters.


  • Better understand how enclosed lifeboats would actually operate during a real-life emergency situation


  • Prepare a report on lifeboat ventilation to be presented to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)


  • Review existing studies performed on survival crafts in Arctic conditions
  • Interpret the results
  • Provide recommendations



  • The NRC's report will become part of the International Maritime Organization's discussion on the issue of lifeboat ventilation.
  • Building upon years of excellent Canadian research, this project will have a direct impact on marine safety considerations at the international level.

Project team


Contact us

Martin Richard
Director, Research and Development
Telephone: 709-772-8750