SAFEGUARD is a medium scale targeted research project with funding from the European Commission 7th Framework Programme Sustainable Surface Transport. The project runs for three years from April 2009 to March 2012.

Bringing together 9 international companies and research institutes based in Europe and Canada, SAFEGUARD will perform a series of full-scale ship trials to gather data for calibration and validation of ship based evacuation models and aims to investigate additional benchmark scenarios to be used in certification analysis.

Currently the IMO MSC.1/Circ. 1238 evacuation analysis protocol specifies an assembly time and congestion criteria for safe evacuation in essentially four scenarios, day and night case with one variation of each case. Using full scale sea trials to collect data, SAFEGUARD will investigate whether these four scenarios and two parameters are sufficient to specify an acceptable assembly process or if there are other parameters and scenarios that could be used to more effectively assess the evacuation performance of a vessel or class of vessel