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MSC Launch Man Overboard Detection System: A First For The Industry

MSC Launch Man Overboard Detection System: A First For The Industry

MSC Cruises has just announced the launch of a new intelligent video surveillance system and innovative man overboard detection technology.

This industry-first that MSC has developed in collaboration with global leaders in security technology, Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was developed to further optimize security aspects for all guests and crew onboard.

It is part of a bigger operation by the line to further optimize security monitoring on board the ship and will ensure the speediest intervention in the unlikely event a person or object falls overboard.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman said: “The security and safety of our guests and crew on board has always been our highest priority.

Therefore – as innovation has been from day one central to the way in which we operate and develop new features for our ships – we have developed a highly-innovative solution that, through the use of military-grade technology, will allow ship command to take immediate action if needed.

While a ship at sea is a challenging environment for accurate video security monitoring and operating high-tech equipment, our teams have managed to successfully develop a system that is at the same time accurate, stable and reliable.”

After a successful pilot phase of extensive stress-testing, the system is now initially operational onboard MSC Meraviglia and over time, similar integrated systems will be deployed across the fleet.

The comprehensive shield of intelligent optical video cameras will ensure non-stop surveillance alongside the exterior parts of the ship.

All captured video images are then streamed in real-time to a Central Security Room where the video stream is monitored together with all other inputs from the 1,200 HD CCTV cameras on board the ship.

This double security system has allowed to significantly lower the error margin for false alerts that are usually caused by natural movements such as waves, reflection of sun or moon, or a bird triggering the alarm.

In case of alarm, an acoustic signal and light will alert the ship’s Security Officer in the Central Security Room who can immediately connect to the system and acquire all images.

The Security Officer also has direct access to the ship command at the Bridge to allow for immediate action.

Investments in innovative, state-of-the-art maritime technology, safety and security have been central to MSC’s plans for the future.


What do you think of MSC’s man overboard technology? Do you think other cruise lines should invest in this? Leave us your comments!

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