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RISE (Project Coordinator)
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB is a leading international research institute group that is fully owned by the Swedish government. RISE is active in research, fire safety engineering, testing and certification, providing scientific support to the development of standards and regulations, and finding technical solutions for assessment of products and systems.
RISE will have a coordinating role in terms of administrative and technical issues. RISE Fire Research has good relations with the maritime industry and will participate in several WPs across the project with their highly diversified scientific competence. Thus, RISE can provide a bridge between the fire safety engineering community, the maritime industry and the system developers of new or re-applied technology by translating maritime needs with respect to fire hazards into viable validation methodologies for guiding the development of the technologies.
RISE Fire Research AS
RISE Fire Research AS is a Norwegian research organisation, owned 70 % by RISE in Sweden and 30 % by the Norwegian research foundation SINTEF. RISE Fire Research AS is active in research, fire safety engineering, testing and certification, providing scientific support to the development of standards and regulations, and finding technical solutions for assessment of products and systems. RISE Fire Research AS has experience from many years of research and development projects regarding fire safety in areas with challenging environment: e.g. on offshore installations, ships and in road tunnels, where fire development, fire detection and extinguishment have been explored. RISE Fire Research AS has also performed standardized fire testing of water mist systems for use on Ro-Ro decks.
RISE Fire Research AS will contribute to definition of the external conditions for detection systems, and for assessment of technologies. This includes testing and evaluation of detection systems under different conditions (e.g. weather, type of fire, geometry).
AP Sensing GmbH develops, produces and installs distributed fibre optical sensing technology. AP Sensing’s instruments are certified by VdS, EMC, UL, ULC, IEC, ISO,FDA, CE, Ex.
AP Sensing supplies a new type of fire detection units based on fibre optical temperature sensing. AP Sensing will develop a distributed fire detection unit suitable to detect fire on roro vessels. Therefore, data interfaces to general fire detection system (SCADA) must be developed. The various conditions and safety requirements at different areas of a roro vessel require a sectionalizing the sensor in different virtual zones. New system parameters for alarming under harsh conditions have to be developed and tested by AP Sensing to avoid false alarms.
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
As a classification society, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore will bring its knowledge on risk assessment in the design and operation of ships, as well as its experience in developing rules and guidelines in the maritime industry. In particular, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore has been involved in the most recent Formal Safety Assessment studies related to fire on ro-ro decks of ro-ro passenger ships. Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore will bring this competency to the project and lead the WP04 Formal Safety Assessment. Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore will actively participate in the development of detailed risk models, in the related assessment of innovative and alternative risk control options and in the development of proposals for new regulations.
The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) was founded in 1987 at the heart of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) under the auspices of UNESCO. The research activities of CIMNE aim to promoting and fostering advances in the development and application of numerical methods and computational techniques for the solution of engineering problems via international cooperation.
CIMNE participates with its groups CIMNE TIC and CENIT. CIMNE TIC has a wide experience obtaining information and integrating data of ships from multiple sources in monitoring platforms and providing communication interfaces to share the information with other systems and developing visualization tools. CENIT will contribute with its expertise related to port terminals and maritime logistics in terms of short sea shipping, port capacity operations and optimization. Thus, CIMNE can provide solutions for automatic screening of cargo to identify fire hazards and develop, utilize and experimentally validate a digital logistics management tool featuring risk-based load planning (WP8).
CMT is a membership based non-profit organisation located in Hamburg, Germany. The main objective of CMT is to foster RDI in the German and European maritime sector by initiating projects, spreading knowledge and results, conduction technical research in selected fields and by exploiting synergies between different industrial sectors. The expertise of CMT include lightweight structures and new materials, production technologies, ship concepts and life cycle aspects for maritime applications. Moreover, the organization has also an excellence experience in coordinating large projects, in dissemination, state-of-the-art analysis and establishing cooperation. This will be the prime focus of the work of CMT in LASH FIRE.
CMT will lead WP03 on Communication and Cooperation.The work of CMT includes the analysis of latest developments in firefighting, but also new materials and fuels relevant for fire risks in the maritime sector, supporting the preparation f IMO proposals, and organizing dissemination of project results and cooperation with external parties. In addition to its involvement in WP03, CMT is involved in some other technical work packages with a minor role, related either to the use of innovative materials in ships and related fire and structural safety aspects, or in the technical management of WP05, focusing on ship integration and feasibility aspects of the solutions developed in LASH FIRE.
DFDS provides shipping and port terminal services, as well as transport and logistics services to over 8000 customers in Europe. More than 6,000,000 passengers enjoy overnight and short sea ferry services on DFDS ships every year. The DFDS fleet consists of many trucks and trailers and 60 RO-RO and RO-PAX vessels performing more than 30.000 sea voyages per year.DFDS is customer driven and continuous improvement is at the core of how DFDS is managed in all areas of the company and on all levels.
DFDS connects Europe with a large fleet ofRO-RO and RO-PAX vessels and will contribute by bringing our experience and competences into play. DFDS is a shipowner and logistics company and will provide knowledge and experience from ship building / operation and logistics, both technical / design aspects and information flows. DFDS will in addition provide necessary data and make available suitable vessel(s) for test and validation.
FIFI4MARINE (F4M) is introducing and testing ECO Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) into the marine sector. Looking at the current available firefighting solutions vs the future there are functional and environmental aspects that require another approach of fire-fighting on board of ships, from small workboats for fish-farms, public ferries, RoRo’s, cargo vessels, oil rigs, helipads etc.F4M partners and develops together with MicroCAFS, developer and patent holder of unique water/air/foam mixing technologies. F4M uses all years of Marine experiences to develop PLC controlled smart fifi systems even in fully standalone self-operating by detection, selection and activation of unique fifi solutions with maximum safety and reduced to minimize collateral damages and down time which can be 10 to 50 times the costs of the initial direct damage by the fire.
F4M’s role in the project is two-fold: first, to reduce the risk of fires caused by burning lithium batteries, and second, to reduce the environmental impact of fire-fighting systems.
Fike Video Analytics is a subsidiary of Fike Corporation specializing in video analytics for the detection of atmospheric oil mist, smoke, flameand reflected flame.
Fike Video Analytics Corporation contribution in the project could include planning and participation in relevant testing and providing hardware for it. Fike was instrumental in developing international approval standards for testing of video-based smoke and flame detection with Factory Mutual and Underwriter Laboratories for UL 268 B. Fike representatives are also on ISO video fire and smoke detection standard committee. Fike has a test location in Wales that maybe utilized for smoke testing.
FLOW Ship Design
Flow Ship Design is an independent ship design company, located in Pula, Croatia. The company was established in 2018, by four Naval Architecs, based on a long experience and competence in the shipyards. Flow ship design delivers innovative designs with customer specific requirements.The company specialization covers various types of vessels, including all the phases of the ship design process as well as Research and Development. The Flow ship design team references from previous employment at shipyards, covers some European projects with active participation, including DE-LIGHT (FP6), ADAM4EVE(FP7) and RAMSSES (H2020), related to lightweight structures on RO-RO vessels.
Flow ship design team has experience in design and production process of RO-RO vessels of different type (RO-RO, CON-RO, RO-PAX, Car Carrier, ferry). At LASH FIRE Flow ship design will lead WP5, as well as contributing with the RO-RO vessel design and outfitting know-how, especially for dedicated firefighting systems (detection, distinguishing, etc) and safety suchas cargo systems (ventilation, cargo operation, etc), electric systems (electrical connections, etc), evacuation, SRTP and fire safety assessment (experience in fire safety assessment according to SOLAS prescriptive rules for alternative design of a 7000 cars Car Carrier with cargo decks built in composite materials).
Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of transportation and logistics services within the Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) segment. Our fleet of Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) sailing in global trade systems combined with our local presence enable us to cater for the specific needs of each customer.Höegh offers our customers safe and secure deep-sea transportation of RoRo cargo such as cars, high and heavy machinery and breakbulk.
Höegh Autoliners can provide a testing ground for firefighting equipment as well as contribute with practical experience from onboard operations. HAL can also contribute when it comes to implementation of systems onboard and during cargo planning.While HAL does not design the firefighting systems on board, we have close dialogue with the classification societies (i.e. DNV-GL) that approve them. Thus, we understand the process for approval of new or altered systems by the vessel’s classification society.
INTERFERRY is a trade association, representing the ferry industry world-wide. The industry we engage with comprises pure passenger ferries (non-cruise), ro-ro passenger ferries, ro-ro cargo ships and high-speed passenger ships. In addition to a very strong representation by ferry operators, the membership also comprises several shipyards, manufacturers, suppliers, brokers, classification societies, etc. In 2016, INTERFERRY developed and communicated its Best Practice Guidance on Ro-Ro Fire Safety to its members and later made a submission to the IMO on the topic (MSC 96/6/2).INTERFERRY members have been project partners to EMSA FIRESAFEand FIRESAFE2.
INTERFERRY’s key role is to facilitate the Maritime Operators Advisory Group (MOAG), which is a two-way-vehicle that seeks to both disseminate results to the ferry industry and to gather feed-back directly from the ferry industry. For the purposes of managing issues on Ro-Ro ship types Fire Protection, a Working Group was established in 2015, comprising a dozen operators and three classification societies. This Fire Protection WG will be the main source for the project’s interaction with the Industry.
MAGELLAN is an EU Affairs Consultancy and an active beneficiary in several large scale European projects with a recognised impact, mainly in the maritime transport sector. Magellan stands out for its action in public affairs, project management, preparation of project bids for EU funding, communication and dissemination event management, networking, promotion and representation towards the EU institutions.
Magellan will play a key role in WP3 “Cooperation and Communication”. As leader of several tasks, Magellan will participate in the External Monitoring and Cooperation of the project by developing an extensive list of external developments and proposals for cooperation, being involved in the communication and dissemination of the LASH FIRE project towards policy makers and developing the LASH FIRE Exploitation plan in order to ensure the transfer of the project results beyond its life-cycle.
Magellan will also be actively involved in WP6 “Effective operations”. In the scope of WP6, Magellan will assist Sasemar (the WP leader) in the development of all training guidelines with the aim of ensuring knowledge transfer and will specifically contribute to the definition of regulatory, environmental and operational requirements and functions for manual firefighting.
Marioff is the pioneer in commercializing water mist systems, especially high-pressure water mist systems. Marioff is the world’s largest supplier of water mist fire protection technology, with experience in supplying system solutions worldwide under the brand HI-FOG. Marioff is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., which provides hightechnology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.Marioff has been actively involved in water mist system standardization in IMO from the very beginning, i.e. from 1991. Most of the IMO water mist fire test protocols are based on Marioff testing, including the current test protocol for ro-ro spaces included in MSC.1/Circ.1430. Marioff has conducted some 7000 full scale fire tests for some 30 different marine and land applications. Marioff has strong expertise in high pressure water mist systems and in evaluating suppression performance in full scale fire tests.
Marioff will be involved in Action 10-A, local application of fire extinguishing systems (Task 10.2), in Action 10-C, updated performance ofalternative fixed firefighting systems (Task 10.10), and in Action 11-A, division of ro-ro spaces (Task 11.4).
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is a public research university located in the city of Trondheim, Norway. NTNU is the largest of the eight universities in Norway, and, as its name suggests, has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology. In addition to engineering and the natural and physical sciences, the university offers advanced degrees in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, architecture and fine art.
NTNU, ID will contribute with its expertise on the HMI and interaction design aspects in WPs 7 and 8, with a focus on human factors and work processes.
NTNU Social Research
NTNU Samfunnsforskning (NTNU Social Research) is one of Norway’s largest research institutes within applied social sciences. It consists of five departments where Studio Apertura is one of them and will be the research partner in LASH FIRE. Studio Apertura’s strategic focus areas are safety and security in operational activities, distributed work and collaboration based on information and communications technology, organizational conditions for innovation, and restructuring and organizational development. Studio Apertura applies its expertise in several areas, including: Offshore oil and gas, maritime operations.
NTNU Samfunnsforskning will contribute with its expertise on organisational aspects and regulative framework conditions in WPs 6, 7 and 8 (mainly WP 7, which we will lead), with a particular focus on the relation between design (technical arrangements and work processes) and practice. We will adopt a resilience perspective to advice an optimal governing regime that balances the need for resilience and compliance respectively.
RS2N is an SME specialized in the development of computational tools (3D codes, detailed and reduced models) of single or multiphase reactive flows, particularly in the fields of detonations, explosions and fires, as well as software interfacing and high-performance computing.
RS2N will be involved in the development of a ro-ro ship risk assessment model, contributing to WP4. Particularly, we will develop a probabilistic network model to predict real-time fire spread in such a multi-compartment vessel. In the LASH FIRE project, the network model can be used to provide a fire risk map, depending on the location where the fire takes place on the ro-ro deck. It can serve as a support tool to evaluate how new IMO regulations for maritime safety impact risk level in terms of fire consequences (fire spread rate, fire extent and severity).The SIIS solutions will significantly improve the safety of shipping that will be developed and demonstrated.
The Spanish Maritime Search & Rescue Agency (SASEMAR) is a State executive Agency. Its main role includes SAR Services, pollution combat, Marine Traffic Control, Maritime Safety, emergency towing and provision of assistance to vessels at sea.
SASEMAR also operates the Jovellanos Training Centre located in Gijón (Asturias). It is the Training Centre of the Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency and it has become the cornerstone for all the training activities framed in the National Plan for Maritime Safety and Response.
SASEMAR leads WP 6 (Effective Manual Operations) with the main goal of implementing more effective fire managing operations in all stages of a fire, including risk-based screening and management of cargo, more efficient fire patrols and first responders.
SEA Europe, the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association, is the voice of the European maritime technology industry. SEA Europe represents close to 100% of the European maritime technology sector in 16 nations, encompassing the production, maintenance, repair and conversion of all types of ships and floating structures, commercial as well as naval, including the full supply chain with the various producers of maritime systems, equipment material and services.
SEA Europe will contribute to the coordination and technical secretariat of the Flag State Advisory Group. SEA Europe will also support the dissemination activities.
SICK is one of the leading sensor manufacturers. As a technology and market leader, SICK provides sensors and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment.
SICK AG developed and installed over the last 5 years the VEHICLE HOT SPOT DETECTOR (VHD) to detect hot spots on lorry’s (brakes, exhaustpipes) before the lorries entering critical areas such as tunnels, ferries etc. in order to prevent ignition. The advantage of the VHD is that potential sources from which a fire can occur will be detected in an early stage and safety actions will be released. The VHD is a detection system to prevent the igniting of goods before fire occurred.
In the LASH FIRE project, the VISIC50SF will be tested to get feedback how it works on board as well results how to adapt on maritime needs.
Stena is an international transport and travel service company specialised in freight and passengers; it is one of the world’s biggest ferry companies operating 38 ROPAX ferries on 22 routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, British Channel and Irish Sea. Stena has over the recent years been very active in developing best practises and a fire philosophy for the ROPAX and RORO fleet to improve the risk awareness and identify possible technical or operational needs for improvements.
Stena will provide operational and technical experience to the project and thereby assure that proposed solutions and practises for improved fire safety are relevant and feasible to introduce in “real life”. Stena will provide data needed by the partners as input to the different work-packages including operational and logistic data as well as incident reports. Stena will mainly participate in WP 5, 6, 8 and 10.
Established in 1969, Unifire AB of Sweden is a globally-renowned manufacturer and developer of high quality fire fighting nozzles and advanced robotic nozzle (remote controlled monitor) systems for on- and off-shore fire fighting. Over the course of more than a decade, Unifire has been rapidly developing state-of-the-art, fully automatic robotic nozzle systems for fire suppression, capable of suppressing fires within seconds of detection, and with a high volume of water or foam, directly at the fire’s source. Unifire’s systems feature cutting-edge electronic hardware and software developed in house by Unifire. Unifire’s advanced systems can not only be controlled remotely and wirelessly from anywhere in the world via any iOS or Android device or computer, but they also can be combined with a wide range of heat and fire detection technologies to operate fully autonomously and automatically to suppress fire and heat build-ups. Development of Unifire’s systems include a variety of third-party flame detectors, thermal imaging cameras, video analytics detection technologies, and more. Among Unifire’s existing products is the Unifire FlameRanger system, which detects the size and location of a fire in three-dimensional space and suppresses it dynamically directly at its source, eerily like a human firefighter would with a remote control. The FlameRanger system guides the robotic nozzle intelligently and adjusts its positioning 10 times per second. The system automatically opens and closes the valve, and can track and suppress up to 4 simultaneous fires. It also adjusts the spray angle depending on the distance of the fire from the nozzle. In live tests conducted by the US Navy and Jensen Hughes, the system extinguished a fire faster and with less water than a human operator.
Unifire’s brings to the project nearly five decades of experience in the fire fighting industry and more than a decade of rapid development of cutting-edge, fully-automatic and autonomous fire detection and suppression systems.
University of Cyprus
The Department of Computer Science of University of Cyprus is one of the five departments of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences in the University of Cyprus. The Department has over 40 full-time researchers whose research interests vary from purely theoretical and foundational topics to applied systems and networking research. Over the last years, the Department has attracted over 130 research project accounting to over 13M Euros. The Data Management Systems Laboratory (DMSL), established by Dr. Zeinalipour focuses on research in data engineering systems and knowledge discovery solutions for emerging networks and systems.
In the scope of LASH FIRE we will contribute to WP6 –Safe Operations. Particularly, we will develop a complete “Ship Indoor Information System –SIIS” that will be founded on many years of experiences and awards we got through the Anyplace Indoor Information Architecture. The development of the SIIS will enable safe operations as it will allow managing a fire while it is still small, directly facilitating first response.
Université de Lorraine
The Université de Lorraine (LUL) is one of France’s largest multidisciplinary universities with more than 3,700 teaching and research faculty and approximately 54,000 students. LUL has demonstrated its experience not only in participation but also in coordination of several large-scale European projects: SECUREAU, call FP7-SEC-2007-1 (217976); IMPULSE, call FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3 (11816). One of the laboratories affiliated to the Université de Lorraine and to the French research national council CNRS is LEMTA. It is mainly involved in topics related to fluid mechanics and energy, with a special department working on fire safety science.
Université de Lorraine-LEMTA will be involved in fire containment (WP11), particularly in what concerns the design of an optimal water curtain aimed at preventing fire and smoke propagation. For that, LEMTA will involve its skills related to the characterization of water sprays, mists and curtains involved for firefighting and fire shielding. LUL will also be involved in the qualification tests at real scale where LEMTA will contribute to the evaluation of the egress conditions (WP4) with and without spray operation.
UNIACCESS (UAC) is a French company specializing in fire protection curtain and quartering for professional environments. UAC develops, designs and installs fire-resistant doors and curtains of the "Firedor" brand, including the range of soft textile curtains, metal curtains, sectional doors. UAC is certified ISO9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 1800.
Our range of soft textile curtains and our continuous development offer an asset for the "LASH FIRE" project. As an expert in the quartering textile curtain, UAC will develop a passive fire integrity system for vertical sub-division of ro-ro spaces through a type of fire curtain. It will include small scale assessment of technology performance. A cost assessment will be developed for selected system solutions.We will be the key supplier and offer a complete package of construction-related services ranging from design and build through to facility operation.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is an RTO whose activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and takes advantage from its wide multi-technological knowledge base to strengthen Finnish and European industrial competitiveness.
Role in the project
VTT brings to the project a profound understanding of the FDS programme and strong fire simulation competences. In WP09 Detection, VTT will conduct CFD simulations of smoke and heat movement to determine times to detection with different detection technologies and in different ventilation conditions. In WP11, VTT is responsible for defining the conditions for ro-ro space openings, and for assessing fire exposure through ro-ro space side and ventilation openings based on heat transfer and smoke spread simulations.