Smoke and toxicity at sea

The project's overall purpose is to achieve a basis for a future Danish strategy for FRP components for maritime construction. This will be achieved by documenting any safety risks in relation to the smoke emissions of approved FRP products. The project's results will thereby contribute to strengthening fire safety on vessels with FRP components.

The project's innovative value is that, for the first time, comparative analyses are performed of FRP components, in order to document the relation between flame release and toxic smoke. Both the method used and the subsequent analysis are innovative.

The project's results may be of importance to the future selection of the materials used for vessels, in the first instance mainly political, however, with regard to the work of the IMO. If the work influences future approval procedures, Danish subsuppliers of FRP-based ship components may gain an advantage in being able to deliver better-documented fireproof products.

The basis for the project is that an assumption is made, which it is sought to prove. The assumption may prove to be unfounded. The assessment is that the project will in all circumstances lead to methods and results which will create value for the industry.

In the ultimate analysis, the project will be a success if, in the event of a fire on a ship, it can be shown that the new focus on FRP materials' toxicity has helped to save lives.
The project is supported by The Danish Maritime Fund.

New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus The project ran from: 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2017

Project Lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant