Project SHARK 

Project Safety, HAZOP, Assurance between the RNLI and KNRM (SHARK) was set up in 2014 and includes staff members from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), and the KNRM (Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij).

The team has delivered a process that can be followed to provide assurance and design verification of lifeboats that typically fall outside of most codes of practice and regulations.

It provides a framework that can be used within an organisation in the first instance that can then be cross checked by a third party, e.g. another Lifeboat Rescue Organisation (e.g. members of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)) or Statutory Authority.

The process incorporates the following:

•   Flowchart – This guides the user through the whole process.
A semi-automated Design Assurance Tool (SHARK-DAT).
Reporting Tool – To collate the data inputted in the SHARK-DAT.
SHARK-DAT Supporting Documentation – Provides information and explanations of the overall process and some of the underlying assumptions.

This is supported by 'E-learning' that is in the form of an .html file providing visual and audible guidance on the use of the SHARK-DAT tool.

Grid with User Interface 8.0

To use the Grid with User Interface 8.0, please download the file below, place it on your desktop, or a folder in your computer where you can find it easily, and open it.

Grid with User Interface 8.0

Please note that the "Grid with User Interface 8.0" will be downloaded as a zipfile. Please unzip the zipfile in an easy to find folder on your computer.


In consideration of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (‘RNLI’) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (‘KNRM’) making this SHARK-DAT tool (‘SHARK-DAT’) available to you the user (‘You’), You agree and undertake that:

1)  You will use SHARK-DAT only as a reference tool and you will not rely solely on SHARK-DAT as replacement for appropriate professional advice, boat and process design or risk assessments.
2) The RNLI and KNRM shall not in any circumstances have any liability for any losses or damages, which may be suffered by You or anyone with whom you share SHARK-DAT, whether the same are suffered directly, or indirectly, or are immediate or consequential, and whether the same arise in contract, tort (including negligence), or otherwise howsoever, including financial loss, special damage, loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of business opportunity, loss of goodwill, loss or corruption of data but not death or personal injury caused by negligence.


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