The variations on how a fire may start are many, but with a fire preventive attitude and training in accordance to procedures the risk is minimised.

In an engine room a non-insulated hot area, a leakage of oil and the air in the engine room itself is what it takes for a fire to break out. In cargo a cigarette, cargo and abundant air can be the contributing factors.

- In 7 out of 10 cases fires occur when the vessel is on passage at sea.
- Only in one tenth of the cases studied, the fire occured during shipyard or drydock operations. 
- Most fires start in the engine room and are, in 7 out of 10 cases, caused by fuel oil leakage or short circuit of electrical equipment. 
- One third of the fires originate from cargo spaces. 


Preventive measures

Machinery spaces

Cargo holds


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Cargo fires:
Download Fire! A guide to the causes and prevention of cargo fires » 

Engine room fires:
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