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Review and analysis of fire and explosion accidents in maritime transportation

Baalisampang, Til, Abbassi, Abbassi, Garaniya, Vikram, Khan, Faisal and Dadashzadeh, Mohammad (2018) Review and analysis of fire and explosion accidents in maritime transportation. Ocean Engineering, 158 . pp. 350-366. [Journal article]

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URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029801818304542

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.04.022


The globally expanding shipping industry has several hazards such as collision, capsizing, foundering, grounding, stranding, fire, and explosion. Accidents are often caused by more than one contributing factor through complex interaction. It is crucial to identify root causes and their interactions to prevent and understand such accidents. This study presents a detailed review and analysis of fire and explosion accidents that occurred in the maritime transportation industry during 1990–2015. The underlying causes of fire and explosion accidents are identified and analysed. This study also reviewed potential preventative measures to prevent such accidents. Additionally, this study compares properties of alternative fuels and analyses their effectiveness in mitigating fire and explosion hazards. It is observed that Cryogenic Natural Gas (CrNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and methanol have properties more suitable than traditional fuels in mitigating fire risk and appropriate management of their hazards could make them a safer option to traditional fuels. However, for commercial use at this stage, there exist several uncertainties due to inadequate studies, and technological immaturity. This study provides an insight into fire and explosion accident causation and prevention, including the prospect of using alternative fuels for mitigating fire and explosion risks in maritime transportation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Maritime accidents; Fire and explosion; Preventive measures; Alternative fuels
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER)
ID Code:39938
Deposited By: Dr Mohammad Dadashzadeh
Deposited On:22 Apr 2018 11:23
Last Modified:15 Apr 2019 22:23

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