The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has called for better on board firefighting systems for container ships following a recent spate of fires.
The IUMI supports a plan by the German insurance association GDV that sets out an improved concept for firefighting facilities on board a container ship.
GDV suggests creating individual fire compartments below deck to prevent fire from spreading. These compartments would be fitted with fixed CO2 and water-based firefighting systems. Boundary structures would also be fitted above deck to align with the watercooled bulkheads below and also fitted with fixed firefighting systems.
In addition, GDV suggests the installation of enhanced fire detection systems.