The Baltic Sea Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) Project, led by the Finnish Border Guard, has finalised the report of its Work Package 2 "Baltic Sea MIRG Project 2014-2016: Ship Fire Incident Analysis". You can download the report from the IMRF’s MIRG Library: see http://imrfmirg.org/.
Work Package 2 involved analysing seven past ship fires in which MIRG teams or other forms of external assistance were or could have been deployed. The report recommends that coastal countries should be ready to dispatch MIRG teams to provide external help for ship's crew in firefighting operations.
The report includes a short statistics section where the main results of Kiersten Sander's work for the IMRF, Search & Rescue Response to Ferry Accidents; Common Problems, Potential Solutions & Good Practice, are presented.
The Project has also been developing appropriate guidance materials, including on common risk assessment, the role of MIRG Operation Commander, and the role of MIRG/Fire Liaison Officer. The team have discussed radio communication during international MIRG operations, the completion of operations, aborted operations, and cooperation between the MIRG Operations Commander and the master of the vessel too.
The Finnish Border Guard are now organising a MIRG seminar, to be held in October 2016. The seminar will bring together ship fire experts and emergency responders to discuss how preparedness for ship fires has been developed recently and how this work should continue in the future.
A key aspect of the seminar is the presentation of the results of the Baltic Sea MIRG project, which includes joint operational guidelines developed for MIRG operations for use by authorities participating in ship fire incidents as well as shipping companies. The seminar will also include discussion on the ship fires in Europe by a number of international lecturers.
The seminar will be held from 27 to 28 October on a cruise ship departing from Turku:
|•||27 October: departure in the morning on a cruise, Turku-Stockholm-Turku. The programme includes a full-day seminar and dinner for the participants.|
|•||Overnight stay on the ship and return to Turku on the morning of 28 October.|
Those who wish can also participate in the following event that will be organised before the seminar:
|•||26 October: MIRG exercise on a ship at the port of Turku to test the operational guidelines developed in the Baltic Sea MIRG project. One can sign up for the exercise as an observer or participant (incl. MIRG teams).|
Maritime search and rescue authorities, representatives of emergency services, shipping companies and other interested parties are welcome to participate in the seminar.
If you wish to participate in the event or have any questions about the Baltic Sea MIRG project, please contact the project personnel by email at MIRG@raja.fi.