FIREPROOF – Probabilistic Framework for Onboard Fire Safety

Gefördert im 7. Forschungsrahmenprogramm der Europäischen Union
Laufzeit: 01.06.2009 – 31.10.2012

The traditional fire safety regulations that apply to ship design have been described as inadequate in two ways: (i) they can impose constraints on novel designs, and (ii) novel designs can have features that do not satisfy the premise of existing rules, thus making approval more difficult and potentially leading to unsafe ships. In order to remedy this problem FIREPROOF will develop a universally applicable regulatory framework for maritime fire safety based on probabilistic analysis and numerical models of ignition, growth and impact of fires. In principle, the framework will be similar to the well established probabilistic damage stability regulation (SOLAS Ch. II-1). The project will address fire risk of passenger ships only.

The methodology of the proposed fire safety regulation will consist of (i) a mathematical model for the generation of fire scenarios (with the appropriate probability distribution function for each involved parameter), and (ii) numerical models for the consequence assessment of the generated scenarios. For any given passenger ship (existing or new) a large number of scenarios will be generated and their consequences will be assessed. The results will be aggregated to suitable fire risk metrics, constraints on which will serve as statutory regulations. In this way, design creativity and innovation will coexist with higher level of safety.

SSRCUniversities of Glasgow and Strathclyde - The Ship Stability Research Centre (Koordinator)Großbritannien
BMTBMT GroupGroßbritannien
UoGUniversity of GreenwichGroßbritannien
NTUANational Technical University of AthensGriechenland
CMTCenter of Maritime Technologies e.V.Deutschland
UCLUniversity College LondonGroßbritannien
BVBureau VeritasFrankreich
IRSIndian Register of ShippingIndien
CLColorline Marine ASNorwegen
CARCarnival plcGroßbritannien
ISQInstituto de Soldadura e QualidadePortugal
ABSAmerican Bureau of ShippingUSA
MCAMaritime and Coastguard AgencyGroßbritannien