Ship firefighting cache
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The large size and weight of the ship firefighting cache made it difficult for the duty Port Hedland volunteer firefighter to transport it to the wharf. 

Issue number
MO-2014-008-SI-09
Transport Function
Marine: Shore-based operations
Issue Owner
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Mode of Transport
Marine
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB acknowledges the action taken by DFES to break the caches down into smaller portable packages.

 

Recommendation
Action number
MO-2014-008-SR-043
Organisation
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Action date
Action Status
Closed
Action description

The ATSB recommends that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) takes action to address the safety issue regarding the transportation of ship firefighting caches to wharves. 

 

Organisation Response
Date Received
Organisation
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Response Status
Response Text

DFES agree with this recommendation and is taking steps to break the caches down into smaller portable packages.

As a general comment, DFES is disappointed to note that the risk related to the safety standards of ships operating in Western Australian ports have not been addressed from regulatory/compliance perspective.

DFES note that this is the second shipboard fire in the Pilbara in recent years where the presence of hatches that were secured open or defective have affected the performance of deluge systems and hampered fire suppression efforts. These two occurrences suggest, anecdotally at least, that this is a commonplace issue within the industry.