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Pre-Conference Fire Focus Day Highlights

Fire remains the number one threat to a ship’s safety at sea. New IMO regulations have been pushing systems and the design of ships to allow fire and emergency management systems to be fully redundant.

With a number of high profile cases demonstrating the need for new solutions to minimise containment times and impact on passengers, Passenger Ship Safety will begin the meeting with a dedicated fire focus day to explore innovative technology, solutions and strategies to keep passengers safe at sea.

The dedicated fire focus day will be chaired by Christian Breinholt, Former Deputy Director General, Danish Maritime Authority and former Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee, International Maritime Organisation.


Critical decision-making tools must be readily available from a configuration of sensors to detect, contain and suppress a fire before it becomes a major incident. Advances in alternative materials and monitoring equipment are only valuable when used in conjunction with responsive training. This section will explore cutting edge systems and Fleet wide policies for fire detection and protection.


An increase in fires onboard RORO vessels has instigated industry research on the design, best practice and reliability of suppression systems. Responders are faced with unique set of variables which can fuel a fire such as unverified car conditions and passenger electrical sources being a main concern. This section will analyse solutions and best practice to ensure an immediate response and reduce the number of fires.


The need for lower emissions and lighter vessels is pushing the use of composite materials and battery propulsion systems. Voyage demands can lead to an increase in temperature and the integrity of monitors and response systems is critical in ensuring safety. This day will finish with a panel discussion on how regulators and solution providers can work together to develop safe, efficient passenger ships.