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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Kongsberg to Sell Fire and Safety Unit

Autronica Fire & Safety AS, a subsidiary of KIDDE plc. has an operating revenue of MNOK 85 and 25 employees. slightly to Kongsberg's profit for the year. Autronica", comments Torfinn Kildal, president, Kongsberg Maritime. they do best. cargo monitoring and sensors for maritime purposes. of the UK.

Ship Fire Safety Still Serious Concern: Paris MOU Survey

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Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety Systems, underline fire safety concerns. The results are based on the CIC survey carried out between 1 September 2012 and 30 November 2012 in the Paris MoU region. 103 ships were detained over the 3 month period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to Fire Safety Systems. 64% of all ships detained in the three month period were detained for fire safety related issues. Problem areas included fire pumps and its pipes, fire fighting equipment and appliances, and the fire control plan.

PSC CIC on Fire Safety Systems by Riyadh MoU

ClassNK has informed that Six countries viz. During the campaign period, the fire safety plan, fire control measures, drills, crew awareness and other applicable documentation etc. will be verified in more detail. The purpose of the 6 Maritime Authorities of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (RMoU) launching the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) is to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships. This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from October 1st, 2014 and ending on December 31st, 2014. · To raise awareness of fire safety related issues.

NAVSEA Releases Fire Safety Manual

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities, Feb. The manual integrates existing shipboard fire safety requirements with lessons learned from the major fire that occurred on board USS Miami (SSN 755) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2012. It was developed and reviewed by industrial and fire safety experts across the Navy and provides a single source requirements document to improve shipboard fire safety during industrial work. It applies to all public and private ship construction and repair activities, and to all ship availabilities. "Navy leadership recognized a clear need to raise our standards and capabilities…

UAE to Launch Concentrated Inspection Campaign

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The 6 Maritime Authorities of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (RMoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose of ensuring compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships. This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from October 1st, 2014 and ending on December 31st, 2014. * To raise awareness of fire safety related issues. In practice, the CIC will mean that during a regular port State control inspection conducted within the RMoU region…

The Future Island Ferries are Here

The Eco-Island ferry, a displacing passenger ship designed to replace a representative island ferry in the Swedish or Danish archipelago. Photo: Niels Kyhn Hjørnet

SP Fire Technology has in a Swedish-Danish consortium developed a detailed process to build environmentally friendly and fire safe island ferries in fiber reinforced polymer composite. Authorities, the public and customers are increasingly demanding sustainable designs. Shipping may be the most environmentally friendly means of transportation but the industry still has great potential to reduce its impact. A lightweight ship construction can generate large ecological and economic benefits as the ship weight is strongly associated with the use of fossil fuels.

DNV GL: Enhancing Fire Safety on Ro-Ro Decks

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DNV GL has issued a report on fire incidents in Ro-Ro spaces to address growing safety concerns in this segment and provide guidance to shipowners. DNV GL’s “Fires on Ro-Ro decks” has examined fires within Ro-Ro spaces on Ro-Pax vessels, vehicle carriers and general Ro-Ro cargo vessels and has identified 35 such fires between 2005 and 2016. A previous DNV GL paper on Ro-Ro fires, published in 2005, had counted 25 fires in Ro-Ro spaces between 1990 and 2003. “We would like to contribute with facts, as well as with our experience.

Cruise Lines Equip Fleets With Emergency Smoke Hoods

Prevention and control of fire aboard ships present a number of unique problems. Special attention must be paid to fire safety, and in particular to evacuation procedures from enclosed areas that can fill quickly with the toxic fumes generated by fire. A number of cruise lines are addressing this situation by providing their crews with a type of fire safety device that protects against these potentially lethal gases. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has joined several other major companies in the cruise industry with the decision to equip its fleet of cruise ships with EVAC-U8 Emergency Escape Smoke Hoods. These fire-safety products protect against smoke inhalation in the event of a shipboard fire.

First Ship with Fire Safety Adapted to Methanol

Stena Germanica (Photo: SP Fire Research)

The world’s first ship to run on methanol will soon sail international waters after the fire risk assessment by SP Fire Research was approved. Methanol has long been handled with traditional fire protection in cargo pump-rooms on tankers, but a deeper understanding of the fuel called for a new approach to design fire safety. The Stena Germanica is a ro-pax ferry that brings vehicles and passengers across the Baltic Sea. This area is, together with the North Sea and the English Channel…

Cooperation is the Key to Ferry Industry's Future

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Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains how the trade association’s ‘stronger together’ mission is helping to shape outcomes on the pressing issues of safety, security and the environment. Last April, I took the helm of Interferry after 14 years in leadership positions with Canada’s BC Ferries – the last five as president and CEO. The past ten months in my new role have reinforced a core conviction forged during my previous experience in the industry. Both as an operator and long-time Interferry director…

Vessel PSC Fire Safety Check Coming

The 43 Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2/ Construction - fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction arrangements on board ships. This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2012 and ending on 30 November 2012. In practice, the CIC will mean that during a regular port State control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions, the fire safety arrangements, maintenance records and other applicable documentation will be verified in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2.

Drew Marine Completes Aqcuisition of Alexander Marine & Safety

Drew Marine has completed the acquisition of Alexander/Ryan Marine and Safety Inc., and it will join the organization under the name Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety division of Drew Marine. With locations in the United States (Louisiana and Texas) and in the United Kingdom, the division brings 82 new employees to Drew Marine. Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety is a manufacturer and distributor of fire, safety and rescue equipment to the Offshore and Marine markets. Alexander/Ryan offers a variety of high quality products and services…

Lloyd's Register: Safety Alert

Safety alert: Gard Loss Prevention Circular No. 02-12 – Fire Prevention in Engine Rooms. Applicability: All shipowners and operators The marine insurer Gard AS has recently issued Loss Prevention Circular No. 02-12, which contains important fire safety information relevant to all ships. A copy is available from Gard’s website at: http://www.gard.no/ikbViewer/Content/20651289/Gard%20LPC%20Fire%20prevention%20in%20engine%20rooms.pdf?utm_source=Class+News&utm_campaign=ddb94565bd-Subscription_to_Classification_News7_19_2011&utm_medium=email    

NTSB Notes Action on Star Princess Investigation

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker applauded the United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) for the speedy publication of their investigative report on the fire aboard the Bermuda- registered cruise ship Star Princess, on March 23, 2006, en route from Grand Cayman to Jamaica. NTSB assisted the MAIB in their on-scene investigation and analysis of the accident, which resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen. "Cruise ships are a very large and important source of recreation for Americans. said Rosenker. The fire aboard the Star Princess uncovered a safety gap in the international regulations for passenger ships. A basic tenet of fire safety is to provide structural fire protection so that a fire is contained within a local area of the ship.

Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore and marine industries, has released the ABS Guide for Enhanced Fire Protection Arrangements, as guidance for improved safety on offshore vessels and installations as well as oceangoing vessels. "Protection against fires on board vessels and offshore installations is critically important," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. According to ABS Director of Marine Technology Christina Wang, one of the…

Kentec Onboard for Major Vessel Contract

DP2 Oil and Gas field support Catamaran protected by Kentec Syncro AS Marine fire control panels.

World-class builder and fabricator of aluminium, steel and composite material crafts and vessels NGV Tech of Malaysia has chosen Kentec Syncro AS Marine fire control panels for vessels under fit out and refurbishment at the company's shipyard in Sijangkang Malaysia. The vessels, a 52m Multiple Utility vessel built to BV classification for the National Iranian Oil Company, a 38m DP2 Oil and Gas field support Catamaran built to ABS classification for SeaWorks Ltd. and two refurbished 38m multi-purpose oil recovery Fifi tug boats built to BV classification for Marine Services Ltd (Saudi Arabia)…

LR Debuts Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist

Lloyd’s Register, in conjunction with the P&I Club, has produced the Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist to help reduce incidents at sea and the risk of Port State Control (PSC) detentions. Lloyd’s Register and the UK Club have analysed deficiencies found by PSC inspectors in ports worldwide over the three-year period. They have related these to their own experienced observations and developed a reusable checklist to help crew members pre-empt and manage the risk of fire more effectively. The booklet was launched at Thomas Miller P&I’s offices in on May 26.  

Clyde Marine Wins Business Award

Colin McMurray, Director of Clyde Marine Training, pictured with Fred McAuley. (Photo courtesy The Clyde Group Ltd)

Clyde Marine Training, the UK’s largest maritime training provider, has recently won a Glasgow Business Award in the category of Best Performing Business with 25 employees or less. The Awards ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on October 8. Clyde Marine Training’s recent service diversification has helped contribute to their success. They now provide assistance to businesses in all industry sectors in the areas of First Aid Training, Fire Safety Training, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and Uniform and Safety Wear Supply. (www.clydemarinetraining.com)

EVAC-U8 Smoke Hoods Chosen by Major Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has joined several other major companies in the cruise industry with the decision to equip its fleet of cruise ships with EVAC-U8 Emergency Escape Smoke Hoods. These fire-safety products protect against smoke inhalation in the event of a shipboard fire. EVAC-U8 smoke hoods have been installed on the 12 ships operated by Royal Caribbean, along with Celebrity Cruises’ five ships, for use by crew members. In the spring of 1999, Princess Cruise Lines deployed between 300 and 700 EVAC-U8 smoke hoods on each of the nine ships in its fleet, also for crew safety in the event of a fire emergency. Disney Cruise Lines has recently purchased EVAC-U8s for its ships as well.

IMO Issues SOLAS Update(s)

International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) mandatory from 1 July 2012. Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) came into force on 1 July 2012, thereby enhancing the fire safety provisions onboard all ships. The 2010 FTP Code provides the international requirements for laboratory testing,  type-approval and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS chapter II-2 (which includes regulations on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction).

Kaparis Defines Safety on Cruise Ships

Kaparis met recently with MR/EN to discuss what he considers are the most important safety issues in cruise shipping today. By Regina P. Among the sketches of general arrangement drawings, and IMO and technical specifications, Celebrity's Demetrios Kaparis sums up his vision for a safe cruise ship fleet. Kaparis has expressed that mandatory safety training for all officers and crew with firefighting and medical responsibilities must be also be reinforced. He feels that these individuals must be certified in these areas according to IMO recommendations and flag administrations and he will strive to ensure that special training rooms and facilities will be available onboard all Celebrity newbuilds - steadfast in his quest for eternal vigilance.

SCI Develops Premiere Fire Training Dedicated to Inland Mariners

Inland mariners are suppressing staged fires on a towboat superstructure in a new "hands-on" safety course developed by Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Maritime Education Paducah, Ky. SCI's creative initiative brought together the City of Paducah, a local college, and the maritime industry to create the first-ever fire safety course designed specifically for those who work the rivers. Developed in response to updated U.S. Coast Guard regulations, this fire safety course, (recently approved by the USCG), is available to licensed and non-licensed mariners who work on inland rivers. The two-day course includes classroom instruction and controlled burns on local fire department's fire field equipped with a superstructure (the top portion) of towboat and a tank barge.

Statutory Alert: Port State Control

The 43 maritime authorities of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on port state control will launch a joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) to verify compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2/ Construction – fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction arrangements on board ships. The CIC will last for three months, starting on 1 September, 2012, and ending on November 30, 2012. In practice, the CIC will mean that during a regular port state control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within the Paris and Tokyo MOU regions, the fire safety arrangements, maintenance records and other applicable documentation will be verified in detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2.

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