containership fires


Lack of firefighting resources to tackle containership blazes

Containerships that carry thousands of different cargoes, many of them dangerous goods, are ill equipped to fight fires that can break out inside the boxes. Additionally the crew are not trained to meet the challenge of often complex and highly treacherous situations. Read More

Counting the costs of fires at sea

The first few months of 2019 has already seen three major container ship fires. The most recent fire, on board the Grande America, has resulted in the sinking of the roll-on/roll-off containership in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France, the loss of her cargo and oil pollution from the 2,200 metric tonnes of fuel on board.

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Fire down below

This is the age of blame, when errors are unacceptable, procedures are designed on the precautionary principle and accidents don’t happen. Except it doesn’t work out like that. Almost certainly, someone was to blame for the fire which broke out in the hold of the Maersk Honan the other day, but the chances are they won’t be brought to book any more than all those guilty people responsible for most of the other fires which wrecked container ships over the years have been identified and prosecuted.

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