dangerous goods


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

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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