The Author examines and discusses some technical aspects of an NSFI research study entitled "Fire Safety in Cargo Ships" and which was conducted as part of the overall involvement of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate in this field. Problems of fire safety and fire detection in periodically unmanned engine rooms provided the impetus for the study. Statistical details of fire damage and loss are given. Results show that oil leakages caused some 90% of fires connected with main engines, 40% of fires connected with boilers, and 78% of fires connected with auxiliary machinery. The problem of fire prevention in ships carrying motor vehicles is treated in detail; a significant fact is the variation in experience from ship to ship and from company to company. Fire-preventive and fire-fighting systems are also discussed. The study findings are to be used in Norwegian Maritime Dierectorate regulations, and it is hoped that exact instructions on the testing and verification of all fire protection equipment will be obtained. Detailed recommendations for the installation, selection, and proper testing of all fire preventative equipment are given. The study is expected to establish new fire protection principles for adoption by both shipowners and equipment suppliers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 19th Nordic Ship Technical Conference, (NSTM 76), Oslo, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Nordic Ship Technical Conference

    Malmo,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Engegretsen, K W
  • Publication Date: 1976


  • Norwegian

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM