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Risk Focus: Engine Room Fires

Burgoynes' consultant Chris Foster has teamed up with Thomas Miller to produce the UK P&I Club's latest Risk Focus on Engine Room Fires. Engine room fires are one of the most common fires on ships owing to the presence of a wide range of sources of fuel, sources of ignition and running machinery. An extended period of time on board a ship without a fire incident can lead to complacency and a failure to prioritise fire prevention measures and simulated fire incident practices.

UPDATE ON THE OCEAN CARRIAGE OF CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE

Changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

There are three specific categories of calcium hypochlorite and calcium hypochlorite mixtures defined in the IMDG Code.  For the purposes of this note it is taken as read that whenever reference is made to the chemical, the same applies to the mixtures.

SELF-HEATING COAL CARGOES - INDONESIA

We have been contacted for advice increasingly frequently in the past two years in connection with coal shipments from Indonesia: in just the past couple of months we have dealt with six incidents involving heating coal cargoes from Kalimantan.

CHRIS FOSTER - DANGEROUS GOODS CARGOES

This article was written by Dr Christopher Foster for the Swedish Club and is reproduced with their kind permission.

MARINE COLLISIONS AND THE FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF PAINT SAMPLES

There are instances where a vessel is alleged to have collided with a fixed or moving object and where the witness evidence, or lack of it, requires support by an examination of the physical evidence. In such cases the physical evidence most often relied upon is that provided by a comparison of paint samples taken from the vessel and the object with which it is alleged to have collided. As forensic chemists many of our consultants have a detailed knowledge of paint comparisons including their chemical analysis, largely through dealing with vehicle accident work for the police, such as in pedestrian hit-and-run cases.