The Titanic’s Impact on Compliance & Disaster Planning

April 11, 2014


It may have been impossible to detect the iceberg that sank the Titanic, but the disaster plan onboard the ship was seriously lacking. If only there were some emergency scenarios previously mapped out, maybe there would have been enough lifeboats to go around. Though there were no mandates at the time regarding lifeboat occupancy requirements, modern day facility managers know that events like the sinking of the Titanic have contributed to the safety and compliance environment of today.

The Titanic was the largest ship and, by far, the most luxurious experience on the water at the time. It set sail on its maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912. It left port with much fanfare and 2,224 people aboard. On April 14th, 1912, disaster struck at around 11:40pm. An iceberg struck the Titanic’s starboard side, puncturing five compartments; the Titanic was only built to handle four busted compartments.

The disaster plan was dismally nonexistent and the crew did not know how to load the lifeboats. The boats the Titanic had could feasibly hold half of the ship’s occupants. However, only a quarter of those occupants made it onto the lifeboats. The rest were left to go down with the ship into the icy Atlantic waters. As a result of this tragedy, maritime safety regulations were bolstered with the establishment of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

Without a disaster plan and adequate compliance satisfaction, a lot more could be at risk than expected. Knowing what is in your facility portfolio and its condition can help you respond more quickly and effectively to a disaster. Learn how to keep your facility plan afloat with VFA.facility.

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