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Insurers call for action to prevent containership fires

from Freight Waves

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) says firefighting capabilities onboard containerships are deficient and ships should be designed with "fire compartments" to prevent the spread of blazes. IUMI represents 43 national and marine market insurance and reinsurance associations. "This year has already seen an alarming number of containership fires," IUMI said in a news release. IUMI pointed to fires on containerships such as the Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, Grande America, E.R. Kobe and KMTC Hong Kong. more

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