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Engine Room Fires – Old lessons not learnt

According to Braemar SA "Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires." This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA's Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013."Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires - the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,"he says."On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects".Yet despite all the attention Class aims at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response. A crew has only limited resources available and time to prevent any problem escalating.At any one time in a modern engine room there can be thousands of litres of flammable liquids circulating inside the pipe systems. Aside from the obvious risk to life, a ship fire is inevitably a very expensive, time consuming, property repair. Heat damage, firefighting effort damage, acid residues from burnt plastics, soot cleaning and painting all add up, leaving a cost ...

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ICS Board prepares for important IMO meeting

ICS proposals on IMO issues The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners' associations from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, met in London recently to discuss the progress on serious issues regarding IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, CO2 Monitoring and Reporting and Piracy.IMO Ballast Water Management ConventionICS Still has Serious Concerns about Type-Approval Standards for New Treatment EquipmentThe ICS Board agreed that ICS will continue to refrain from actively encouraging administrations that have not yet ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention from making the additional ratifications required to bring about immediate entry into force.ICS believes that governments should wait until outstanding implementation problems have been resolved at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), hopefully at the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in April, at which ICS (in co-operation with other industry organisations) has proposed a way forward.ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained: "In principle ICS fully supports the eventual entry into force of the Convention and wants to make it work as soon as possible in order provide protection against invasive species. But the industry still has very serious concerns with respect to the lack ...

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