Webinar: Containership fires - what the ship can do

TT Club and UK P&I Club are once again coming together to discuss containership issues, addressing the worrisome issue of ship fires. Over a series of three webinars, we will take different perspectives, firstly focusing on specific issues relating to the cargo loaded on board, looking into practices to combat non-declaration and mis-declaration, as well as profiling the risk-based stowage approach. Each webinar will involve industry experts and seek to generate valuable debate. Experience has demonstrated that there are critical issues to be addressed and this series aims to advance industry thinking and discussion. 

This second session addresses the on-board fire response capabilities should a fire break out in the container stow above or below deck.

During this second session we cover:

  • Challenges faced be crew members when fire erupts on board mid-ocean 
  • How training differs for crew members and trained shore-based firefighters
  • Detection and suppression systems available on board and ship architecture
  • Lessons learnt and future strategies

The second webinar delves into the firefighting capabilities on board container ships and the final session will discuss what is important after an event in terms of investigations and preparing for inevitable litigation.


John Gow, Senior Investigator, IFIC

John has been in the fire industry for over 40 years as a professional firefighter and incident commander before specialising in fire investigation. During his service he instructed on firefighting courses to merchant marine officers and crew. In 2010, he Joined IFIC Forensics, where he has been involved in numerous investigations into marine casualty incidents involving fire or explosion including MSC Flaminia, The Norman Atlantic and laterally Maersk Honam.

Nick Haslam, Principal Master Mariner, Brookes Bell

Nick Haslam joined Brookes Bell as Partner in March 2019 after 22 years in the marine consultancy industry. He previously served at sea for 21 years in all ranks up to Master. Nick served on various ship types including reefer, container, bulk carrier, general cargo, tugs and AHTS, and specialises in the areas of salvage and wreck removal; towing disputes; offshore operations; and salvage arbitration.


Mike Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention, TT Club

Mike joined TT Club in 2010 as a Claims Executive providing advice to transport operator Members globally, having worked within the logistics industry for 13 years. Mike now builds relationships with key trade organisations to promote safety and security in the global supply chain.


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