In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a case of fire on a vehicle on the car deck of a Ro-Ro vessel, resulting from an electrical short-circuit. The investigation highlighted that the crew’s quick and efficient reaction brought the situation under control and there were no injuries.
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focused on a fire that took place onboard a tug, highlighting that the fire engineer responded effectively and rapidly in containing the fire, which marks the crews’ know-how and effective training.
Fire took place on board a cargo ship on April 15, off the coast of Italy. Twelve crew members were on board at the time and were all rescued.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the fire onboard and subsequent sinking of the fishing vessel Ariel, while in Sheep Bay, Alaska, in August 2019. The investigation identified ignition of fuel leaking from the generator fuel supply line as key cause of the fire.
On Wednesday, April 8, a good samaritan vessel rescued the crew of a Bolivian-flagged freighter off Catania, after a severe fire broke out onboard, as the Italian Guardia Costiera reported.
According to an announcement by the Bristol Port, fire broke out at Bristol Port’s Royal Portbury Docks on 28th March during loading operations.
During the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) Gard discussed about containership fires from the insurer’s perspective and the challenge they appear to be for the maritime industry, recommending solutions and technologies that can improve the existent situation.
On 22 February, the ro-ro cargo vessel called “Volcán de Teneguía” reported a fire incident onboard, after leaving Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. In fact, the freight ship was loaded with vehicles and other cargo so as to deliver them to its final destination, Port of Cadiz, Spain.
Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on the fire and loss of MFV Suzanne II, east of Arklow, in May 2019. While the exact source of the fire is unknown, the report highlights that the quick response of the crew and their knowledge on when to abandon ship was key to their successful rescue.
TT Club’s risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox discusses about the industry’s evolution on dealing with fires onboard containerships and what the industry does to address the issue, highlighting that the changes on safety measures rise from incidents.
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