These are larger and more comfortable stairs used in areas where crew members or passengers frequently move between decks. They often include handrails and are less steep than other types of ship stairs.
Marine accommodation stairs, as the name suggests, are used primarily within the accommodation sections of a marine vessel, such as passenger ships, cargo ships, and offshore platforms.
What are the primary uses?
- Passenger/Crew Mobility: Their primary purpose is to allow passengers and crew members to move safely and comfortably between the different levels of the accommodation area. This includes cabins, dining areas, lounges, recreational areas, and other communal spaces.
- Emergency Escape: Just like any other form of stairs or ladders on a ship, accommodation stairs are integral parts of the vessel’s emergency escape system. They should lead to lifeboats, life rafts, and assembly stations and should be easily accessible and unobstructed at all times.
- Accessibility: For passenger vessels especially, these stairs are designed with broader treads and risers, handrails, and non-slip surfaces to accommodate a wider range of individuals, including the elderly, children, and people with disabilities.
- Aesthetic Appeal: In cruise ships and luxury yachts, accommodation stairs are often designed to enhance the vessel’s overall interior aesthetic. They might feature attractive materials, lighting, and design elements that contribute to the ambiance and decor of the ship.
- Service Access: In addition to passenger use, these stairs provide access for crew members performing various service tasks, such as cleaning, food service, maintenance, and more.
As with all marine stairs, accommodation stairs need to comply with the safety standards and regulations set forth by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other maritime authorities. This includes standards related to construction, materials, safety features, and more.