Today, the government has begun examining the various options available to evacuate people from Vema Seamount or Mount Vema building sites in case of emergency. Although the helicopter has always been considered as the safest method of evacuation and mostly used worldwide for planned and precautionary evacuations, today more options have been examined.
The government wants to make sure everything is in place to deal with all types of emergency situations such as fire and explosion, structural failure, adverse weather conditions or even very rare conditions such as potable water contamination or drifting of unmanned barge.
In rescue, helicopter have always been seen a first option, and lifeboats as second means of evacuation at sea. However, the government is examining its plans for large evacuations. The current plans which have been in place for more than a decade, is self-sufficient and works without the need to rely on external help.
However, the government is examining the possibilities of increase capacity for large evacuations not just the use of crane and related passenger capsule or link between sites, as other alternatives in evacuation methodologies but the means to respond to more extreme weather conditions and the need to relocate large numbers of people.
Due to many associated risks especially at the initial stages of developments, safe evacuation from building installations has been a significant concern and today the government has begun the process to make sure everyone knows what to do upon arrival to visit or live and work within the Vema Seamount territorial waters.