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Fire at Sea

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26- 27 March 2014, London, UK Ship on Fire

Fire remains one of the top three causes of loss for marine vessels in the World Fleet, and is a major risk for Ro-Ro ferries, due to their open decks, and Passenger Ships due to ever increasing passenger numbers. The risk of fire may never be eliminated, but its effects can be mitigated.

With a unique operating environment, conventional fire fighting techniques are sometimes difficult to implement onboard ship. Technologies that involve starving a fire of oxygen are generally the most popular, however they still pose risks, especially to the crew. The revision of SOLAS Chapter II-2 has put a greater focus on the prevention of fire through effective crew training and design stage planning. And advances in technology mean that detection equipment can lead to a quick response that maintains the integrity of the vessel.

Conference Content 

To further investigate the impact of fire at sea, RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, regulators, operators, and researchers on all related topics, including:

  • Fire management techniquesShipboard firefighting 2
  • Classification and statutory requirements
  • Fire fighting systems and equipment
  • Preventative measures & training
  • Modelling of fire & smoke
  • Fire protection & detection

Conference Programme

Full programme can be seen here.

A list of some of the papers presented at the conference:

  • MODELLING FIRES ON SHIPS, Saffron Wyse MSci PhDConsultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
  • EFFECTS OF FIRE FIGHTING WATER ON VESSEL’S FLOATING CONDITION AND HULL STRUCTURE, Kai AhlersHead of Emergency Response Service, DNV GL, Germany
  • FIRE MODELLING AND EVENT TREE ANALYSIS FOR NAVAL PLATFORM FIRE INCIDENTS, G. Gamble, B. Suendermann, Z. Mathys,  A. Woolley, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australia
  • HISTORY OF SHIP FIRES IN PORTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES AND TRAINING, D. Incertis, Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation ­ FEPORTS, Valencia, Spain
  • ANALYSIS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN RESISTING THE SPREAD OF HEAT AND SMOKE DURING FIRE ACCIDENT ON RO-RO PAX CROSSING FERRY  (CASE STUDY ON LOCAL INDONESIAN FERRIES), Sunaryo Sunaryo, Naval Architecture Study Programme University of Indonesia
  • HUMAN ERRORS LEADING TO FIRE AT SEA, Tanumoy Sinha, H V Uday Bhaskar, Indian Maritime University-Visakhapatnam Campus, Dept. of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
     

Additional copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 

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