SOLAS 1974 Chapter III Regulation 11.5, Chapter II-2 Regulation 13.1.3 and Regulation 126.96.36.199.1 require all escape routes to be marked with photoluminescent signs or signs illuminated by emergency light or both. IMO publication IMO-981E indicates that exit signs should comprise of a 'running man' pictogram, an arrow and the word 'Exit'.
New Regulations for marine signage are currently being prepared by the ISO working group. Results from this group and subsequent ratification by IMO are not expected for some time. One point under discussion is the use of the word 'Exit' and its use in upper and lower case. As a consequence we offer 'Exit' signs in both formats.
Passengers and crew of any ship must be aware of the evacuation routes available to them from within the vessel. There are usually two types of evacuation routes namely primary and secondary.
Primary Evacuation Route is the quickest and easiest way to the assembly/muster station or survival craft.
Secondary Evacuation Route is a specially designated exit route for use when the Primary route is unusable.