LASH FIRE is an international research project aiming to significantly reduce the risk of fires on board ro-ro ships.

LASH FIRE brings together the relevant expertise to cover the challenge of developing and demonstrating new procedures and technical innovations for maritime application. The ambition of the project flows is in line with that of the IMO and other regulatory bodies to greatly enhance the safety of ro-ro ships. Besides, LASH FIRE gives European industry knowledge to address the technical challenges of these updated rules, enhancing shipyards, system suppliers and further industries to develop and build safer and more competitive ships for sustainable transport.

The project has a holistic approach to the problem and will investigate the following:

  • Effective Manual Operations: 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 response as well as effective firefighting.
  • Inherently Safe Design: Improved design for critical operations in case of fire, reducing the potential for human error, accelerating time sensitive tasks and providing more comprehensive and effective decision support.
  • Ignition Prevention: Significant reduction of the most probable ignition sources and of ignitable deck materials on ro-ro deck, as well as provision for automatic screening and support for risk-based loading.
  • Detection: Quicker, more reliable and more robust technical means for fire detection, confirmation, localization and assessment on all types of ro-ro decks.
  • Extinguishment: Quick extinguishment regardless of deck, system type or size/existence of crew.
  • Containment: Elimination of significant containment weaknesses, considering smoke, fire & heat integrity.

LASH Fire has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814975. 


LASH FIRE consists of 27 research and industry partners from 13 EU member states.

Work packages

Who is doing what? Find out all you need to know about the different work packages in LASH FIRE.