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Fire prevention on vessels

SSM Roundel

Steamship Mutual

Published: March 27, 2020

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Updated August 2020

Steamship published the article below in March 2020. In August 2020 the Australian maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) published a further article “Fire prevention and protection” which can be read here.


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has produced a bulletin focusing on fire prevention on vessels. It looks at various aspects including maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems; maintenance of fire protection systems; the importance of safety culture. The bulletin can be accessed here.

See also Steamship Mutual’s loss prevention related articles on fire:

Fire prevention guidance from the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (October 2018)

Cargo hold fires risks posed by incandescent reflector lamp lighting systems (November 2018)

Risk Alert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - Guidance for use of CO2 in ships fixed firefighting systems (September 2018)

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