Container Ship Safety Forum members to test firefighting equipment

Fire and safety, safety first. Credit: Odfjell

Members of the Container Ship Safety Forum eV (CSSF) are to test new firefighting equipment following intense discussions on firefighting on container ships during the last member meeting in Singapore in May 2019.

Members discussed real-life cases such as the KMTC HONGKONG, which caught fire and exploded while it sat at quayside on 24 May, injuring 211 people. Members also expressed concern for the carriage of International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) and the declaration and packing of dangerous cargo by shippers.

As a result of the discussions, different CSSF member companies will test new firefighting equipment and share their experiences with the wider CSSF membership group in Copenhagen at the next member meeting, which is scheduled for 19 and 20 November 2019.

Launched in 2014, the CSSF is a global business-to-business network that improves safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. The network represents about 40% of the teu capacity of the global container ship fleet.

Since the start of 2019, the CSSF has welcomed a total of five members: Asiatic Lloyd & Atlantic Lloyd, Arkas Shipping & Transport, Lomar Shipping, V-Ships, and Reederei Nord.

CSSF performance is measured using key performance indicators (KPIs) related to health, safety, environmental protection, and navigational safety. During its recent meeting in May, CSSF members also adopted the CSSF Performance Report of 2018, which details positive safety improvements achieved by members and safety-related statistics. The performance report also includes data for the members’ performance during Port State Control (PSC).

This latest CSSF report details how the CSSF’s Lost Time Injury Frequency improved to 1.00 compared with 1.16 in 2017. However, the average number of CSSF member vessels’ deficiencies per PSC inspection increased to 0.99 in 2018 from 0.83 in 2017.