Standards for Enclosed Canopies on Small Passenger Vessels


Anthony J. DiGenio, Ryan M. Doherty, Stephanie Lee Munion


United States Coast Guard


Constance Clark, David DiBiasio, Natalie A. Mello


October – December 2009

Project Outcomes

Final Report


This project, done in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), addressed the issue of passenger egress on small passenger vessels with canopies or enclosures. We investigated several factors involved in the design and operation of these vessels by interviewing USCG representatives and reviewing prior marine casualties. After completing this investigation, we developed recommendations and outlined areas for further research to assist the USCG in their mission of preserving passenger safety.