Consortium

Learn more about each partner and their role in LASH FIRE.

RISE
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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.

CIMNE
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

In 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).

Hoegh Autoliners
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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).

NTNU
Project role

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
Project role

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
Project role

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.

SASEMAR
Project role

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
Project role

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 Sensor Intelligence  
Project role

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
Project role

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.

UniFire
Project role

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
Project role

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.

Universite de Lorraine
Project role

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
Project role

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.

Project role

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.