FIRE SAFETY ON RORO SHIPS AND PASSENGER CAR FERRIES

It is first pointed out that between two major accidents, those involving the PRINCESS VICTORIA in 1953 and the HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE in 1987, only eleven lives were lost in accidents involving passenger travel in ro/ro ferries--a safety record that is very good in comparison with those of other forms of transport. The fire problems presented by ro/ro vessels are then discussed, including stability and means of escape. Fire protection measures and practical fire fighting strategies are also described. The paper comments upon the potential for future improvement, outlining the need for an international safety authority and for government assistance to maintain safety standards. It concludes with an outline of the author's own research into the mathematical modeling of fires in steel structures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference paper
  • Authors:
    • Evans, F G
  • Conference:
    • Ro-Ro '90
    • Location: Trieste, Italy
    • Date: 1990-5-15 to 1990-5-17
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 11p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00661830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM