The timely detection of the fires on board ships and activation of the shipboard fire extinguishing systems are deservedly treated as the essential key to the proper and effective fire management as they will eventually help to avoid the loss of the human life as well as the damage from occurring to the vessel and cargo. Both these shall be paid due attention when developing the fire response measures.
The main intention of the authors of the present volume was to contribute to the fire safety of the Ro-Ro vessels through application of the cost-effective solutions and reducing the risks of fires taking place in the cargo spaces, and for discussing the technical proposal for the further development of the relevant regulatory framework including the class rules.
The volume consists of six parts and the first of them is devoted to the identification of the so-called RCOs, standing for the risk control options, and assessment of the most cost-efficient options. The authors follow the methodology of the regular formal safety assessment according to the appropriate IMO guidelines, with the five basic steps involved, namely identification of the hazards, risk analysis and control options, assessment, and the recommendations to be followed when making decisions.