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Article 1.01(12.2) in conjunction with ESI-III-2 - Persons with reduced mobility

How does one apply the requirements pertaining to persons with reduced mobility on cabin vessels?

Article 1.01, definition 12.2, defines which persons fall within this category. Experience shows that, in the main, cabin vessel passengers are elderly persons, and as such, in the main, fall within this category.

Chapter 19 indicates the special requirements for this category.
However, ESI-III-2 indicates that vessel owners have a degree of discretion in determining certain rooms for persons with reduced ability.
These two instances may give rise to contradictions and confusion.

Article 1.01 means that a certain number of cabins in the vicinity of the entrance to the lounge(s) and dining room are required to be designed for persons with reduced ability. The connecting corridors serving his cabins must be of the required width of 1.30 m as far as the (emergency) exists used. Moreover, the corridor leading from these cabins to the entrance to the lounge(s) and dining room must be of the required width. A minimum of 1 or 2 cabins are frequently required, but it is preferable to state a specific minimum number, for example the number of cabins per deck.

RV/G (08) 12

As a matter of principle, elderly persons are included in the category of persons with reduced mobility. There is no need to clarify the term “persons with reduced ability” any further. It is the vessel owner’s responsibility to carry only that number of persons with reduced mobility corresponding to the number of cabins specially designed for this purpose. A cabin vessel must have a minimum of one cabin designed for this purpose.

RV/G (07) 90

CCNR Inspection Regulations Working Group RV/G, persons with reduced mobility, elderly persons, cabins