||T. W. Ross
||MSc Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety Management
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Every professional mariner will definitely agree that the sea represents an inherently hostile environment in which the human is quite ill-suited to survive. However, the history shows great strides taken by the marine technology in order to control and possibly reduce the risks. Although the World's oceans will always remain wild and very unpredictable, mariners of today are not confronted by such hazards as poor nutrition, diseases and rudimentary navigation endured by their ancestors. Nowadays, they may immediately request aid and the reasonably expect of such assistance occurring in most parts of the planet. And, in the event of the total loss of a vessel, mariners have recourse to the same piece of LSA equipment as seafarers of old - the lifeboat. In the past, the lifeboat was the ship's workhorse used for ferrying personnel and various goods - they were also used as an aid to navigation, a means of propulsion when there was no wind, a rescue boat for men over board and a means of survival when all else was lost...