The objective of this manual is to fill a long-standing need for comprehensive source material in the specialized field of prevention, control, and extinguishment of fires aboard commercial vessels. This book should serve all present and future shipboard personnel by providing exhaustive source and reference material that may be used when dealing with the varied and complicated aspects of fire control and fire fighting. Furthermore, the book contains the most definitive information on fire, which can be used extensively by maritime training institutions throughout the country. So that this manual would fulfill these needs for a long period of time, the authors have researched the latest fire fighting equipment used aboard vessels today with an eye to future developments in the field. Countless hours were spent aboard all forms of water craft, in addition to time spent working with the manufacturers of fire detecting and fire fighting equipment, and fire fighters who have first hand knowledge of the subject. Finally, the manual was reviewed extensively by numerous people in the maritime industry who have made a career of teaching fire fighting to active shipboard personnel and to those aspiring to service within the industry. Much can be learned from the study of past fire tragedies that occurred aboard merchant vessels. The authors have included an in-depth study of past shipboard fires, dissecting and analyzing the events, to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. These case studies provide a breakdown of the conditions that led to the problem--the inaction or untimely action taken, with an analysis of actions that should have been taken to limit the spread of the fire and to extinguish it. This manual is expected to be the "bible" on fire fighting and fire safety throughout the maritime industry, both ashore and afloat.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This publication was researched, developed, and produced by the Robert J. Brady Company.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point

    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    Kings Point, NY  United States  11024

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: 388 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: MA-2-4362
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1980 12:00AM