Kongsberg, Robert Allan Unveil Unmanned Fire Boat Design

Norwegian technology company Kongsberg Maritime has teamed up with naval architects and engineers at Vancouver-based Robert Allan on the development of unmanned, remotely-operated fireboats for ports. If successful, the two partners said the new fireboat has potential to radically change the way first responders attack dangerous fires while in port. The so-called RALamander … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Admits to Not “Aggressively Enforcing” Firefighting Rules

A top U.S. Coast Guard official admitted at a recent congressional oversight hearing that the U.S. Coast Guard “has not been aggressively enforcing the compliance” of vessel response plans filed under federal Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations. The rules, derived from the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are meant to prevent a worst-case discharge resulting from fire … [Read more...]

WATCH: Fire Engulfs Tug and Barge Off Italy

Video published by the Italian Coast Guard shows firefighting efforts after a articulated tug and barge caught fire off the coast of Italy. The fire occurred Friday off Gioia Tauro, Italy as the tug and barge unit was underway from Taranto to Genoa. All 13 crew members were rescued safely from the vessel. … [Read more...]

Gas Technology Institute To Deliver LNG Bunkering Safety Training

Last week Gas Technology Institute (GTI) joined with Marine Firefighting Inc. to train more than 150 stakeholders and first responders about liquefied natural gas (LNG) awareness. The class was given in Jacksonville, Florida where LNG bunkering and storage facilities are planned. The program was developed specifically for Port of Jacksonville area stakeholders, especially … [Read more...]

Crew Evacuated from Fugro Offshore Survey After Fire

Firefighters in Scotland worked overnight to extinguish a blaze aboard a Fugro offshore survey vessel while docked at Peterhead Port, north of Aberdeen. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service says that the fire was reported at about 2:50 a.m. aboard the Fugro Symphony, a purpose built ROV intervention, light construction and survey vessel. The fire was attended by crews from … [Read more...]