Marine fire incidents are both very dangerous and very destructive and historically have been responsible for the loss of many lives. Ship fires are second only to shipwrecks when calculating casualties and total loss. On land, someone in a burning building can rely on a rescue by the local fire brigade who should arrive within minutes of raising the fire alarm. Conversely, a ship at sea must be self contained in its own on board firefighting capabilities. It must be familiar with specific marine fire fighting procedures. Land based fire fighters dread attending ship fires because of their complexity and difficulty of access. Ships are designed to be watertight, thus they rely heavily on mechanical ventilation. Accommodation and passenger spaces rely on air conditioning and ventilation to make life comfortable below decks. In a vessel fire, these systems will become killers, spreading lethal smoke and gases from an onboard ship fire to all parts of the vessel. Maritime shipboard fire fighting is an essential component of life aboard today's vessels and in particular fighting fires on bulk carriers, fire safety on tankers and fires aboard container ships. A large vessel is a maze of powered cables and conduits, working under risks which require special safeguards; most importantly ship crew fire safety. Successful shipboard firefighting depends on the discipline and the fire fighting training of the crew to a standard which is sometimes difficult or impossible to reach and maintain on merchant ships. Marine fire fighting or commercial fire training is very problematical aboard large vessels. Fire prevention and emergency response drills require consistent practice which may not be viable amongst crew personnel who may typically rotate every two years or less. Maritime fire training is usually handled at a land based facility before the ships crew's turn of service. To attain a proficient standard, this must be consolidated with onboard ship training and we will explain why this is a crucial element for any Shipping Company to consider. International Marine Fire Training and Safety is also part of the inspection requirement of The MCA (UK) MGN71(M) Musters, Drills, Onboard Training Instructions & Decision Support Systems. Powers to Detain In any case where a ship does not comply with the requirements of the Port State Authority Regulations, the ship shall be liable to be detained and section 284 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (which relates to the detention of a ship) shall have effect in relation to that ship, "the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) (Large Ships) Regulations 1998". Fighting fires aboard small boats, fires on large ships and burning super tankers will require the application of specialised knowledge and science. This website aims to provide comprehensive information regarding marine fire safety training. Our unique service is specifically designed to tackle the major hazards of fighting fires on ships and avoiding very costly ship detainment and most importantly, valuable human life.
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