Review and analysis of fire and explosion accidents in maritime transportation

Til Baalisampang, Abbassi Abbassi, Vikram Garaniya, Faisal Khan, Mohammad Dadashzadeh

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The globally expanding shipping industry has several hazards such as collision, capsizing, foundering, grounding, stranding, fire, and explosion. Accidents are often caused by more than one contributing factor through complex interaction. It is crucial to identify root causes and their interactions to prevent and understand such accidents. This study presents a detailed review and analysis of fire and explosion accidents that occurred in the maritime transportation industry during 1990–2015. The underlying causes of fire and explosion accidents are identified and analysed. This study also reviewed potential preventative measures to prevent such accidents. Additionally, this study compares properties of alternative fuels and analyses their effectiveness in mitigating fire and explosion hazards. It is observed that Cryogenic Natural Gas (CrNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and methanol have properties more suitable than traditional fuels in mitigating fire risk and appropriate management of their hazards could make them a safer option to traditional fuels. However, for commercial use at this stage, there exist several uncertainties due to inadequate studies, and technological immaturity. This study provides an insight into fire and explosion accident causation and prevention, including the prospect of using alternative fuels for mitigating fire and explosion risks in maritime transportation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-366
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date16 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Jun 2018


  • Maritime accidents
  • Fire and explosion
  • Preventive measures
  • Alternative fuels


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