2nd - 4th October 2018
Portsmouth, UK

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10:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:20 -
Chairman’s opening remarks

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S


An increasing number of navies are now dependent on automated fire suppression systems as a way of providing an immediate response to a fire incident. As crew numbers are reduced the need for more effective and reliable systems increases and thus the necessity for advanced industry solutions is pressing. This section will analyse some of the systems currently in use by international navies and future plans.

10:30 -

Adapting damage control systems to the modern battlefield and for modern training

  • Localizing an incident and assigning a suitable response
  • Adapting training to reflect changes in naval technology
  • Automatically providing smoke removal, optimal escape and attack routes to responders

Deputy Chief Commander Twan Langenhuizen, CEA Royal Navy Fire Brigade, Royal Netherlands Navy

11:00 -

Overcoming the unique challenges of machinery space fires

  • Preventing loss of power through electrical insulation of components
  • Redundancy power systems: Preparing for main generator power loss
  • Suppressing a fire whilst maintaining battlefield operability
11:30 -

Fire and Rescue Marine Response (FRMR)

  • Raising the alarm and tasking through HMCG
  • Deployment options and capabilities: Strategy and tactics for a national standard
  • Future plans for cooperation with other agencies and responders

Paul Flaherty, Assistant Director, Kent Fire Rescue Service

12:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Although lean manning and automation are prevalent concepts in the modern navy, the importance of training crew to fight fires is still paramount. Naval vessels provide difficult challenges with machinery space, hazardous materials, poor visibility and enclosed spaces proving hurdles to firefighting teams. This area will discuss how fire response teams can deliver a fast and efficient response to a fire.

13:00 -

DC lessons from the wreck fleet

  • Counting, cataloguing and controlling the wrecks of the sea
  • Common themes, how they could have been avoided, and particularly outstanding incidents
  • Lessons identified to benefit modern day navies

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S

13:30 -

Research on Fine Water Spray Suppression system implemented on T26 and QEC

  • Handheld hoses and fire suppression kits modified for small-space operations
  • Evacuating casualties from enclosed spaces in high temperatures
  • Firefighting tactics and procedures to follow in confined spaces

Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director, Fire Protection Association

14:00 -
Coffee and Networking


Increasingly militaries are trying to negate the likelihood and effect of fire in the early design stages of a ships life. Through innovative materials and compartmentalising a ships design the chance of a fire spreading and damaging critical infrastructure is drastically reduced. How these considerations are installed into a ships design and planning will be the topic of discussion for this section.

14:30 -
Case study: Lessons learnt from the Norman Atlantic ferry fire
  • Incident and response overview
  • Difficulty in preventing or slowing down the fire due to the ship’s structure and cargo
  • Future recommendations and innovations in passive fire protection systems

Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta, Former Italian Permanent Representative to the IMO, IMO

15:00 -
Thermal insulation and reducing combustibility
  • Protection of electrical facilities through thermal insulation
  • Correctly insulating ship areas while keeping additional weight to a minimum
  • Testing of passive fire protection systems
15:30 -
Innovative materials and composites
  • Maintaining structural integrity of a vessel through different methods of coating
  • Composite materials use in the construction stage and how they slow down the spreading of fire
  • The role of classification societies in ensuring safe and regulated use of composites

Commander Marco Fanan, Chief Executive Officer, Italian Navy Training Centre – Taranto, Italian Navy

16:00 -
Chairman’s summary and close of focus day
08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S


The last few years has seen movement away from large crews to vessels that rely heavily on automated systems. As navies face changing requirements and number of crew on board automated systems can offer cost and time efficient solutions.

09:00 -
The Naval Ship Code and the benefits of applying classification standards to war ships
  • The effect of the code on shipbuilding and the increased use of automation
  • The safety and business advantage of abiding by the Naval Ship Code
  • Work with Lloyds Register and management of future shipbuilding projects

1* (SCS) Nick Overfield, Head of Naval Authority Group, Naval Authority

09:30 -
Alerting the bridge of an emergency incident: Reducing time from detection to action
  • Providing a clear and easy to use interface to the bridge
  • Detection systems used in cases of fire and flooding
  • Deciding between a manned or unmanned response
10:00 -

The role of FOST and adapting to increased automation in the fleet

  • Educating crew to trust and utilise automated systems
  • Adjusting training of crew to reflect the modernisation of the fleet
  • Updating ship systems and changing damage control procedures in light of reduced crew numbers

Captain Matt Harvey, FOST Captain Sea Training (South), Royal Navy

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Although lean manning is becoming increasingly the norm, training of crew and dealing with human error are still two critical components of maintaining smooth operations. Training and procedures enable crew to become comfortable with on-board situations and this can be achieved through effective training.

11:15 -
Refining a crew’s ability for damage control through simulated training
  • Pursuing higher standards through simulated refresher training
  • Current market options for damage control simulators
  • Bridge management training and the role of the simulator in ship management training

Lieutenant Commander Richard Chambers, Staff Damage Control Officer 1 to FOST, Royal Navy

11:45 -

Human factors and the role it plays in a successful damage control response

  • Improving human-system interactions to avoid costly rework or redesigns
  • Evaluating teams and processes to identify areas of weakness and potential improvement
  • Integrating the humans role into system design

Frazer-Nash Consultancy

12:15 -

Disaster relief operation exercise and cooperation with international partners

  • The advantage of live, scenario-based training exercises
  • The annual disaster relief exercise between the Danish and Netherlands Navy
  • Collaboration between industry and military to deliver practical and reliable training

Commander Frank Jeppesen, Commanding Officer Danish Naval Safety Centre, Royal Danish Navy

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


Platform management systems have become an integral part of bridge operations and command. Through advanced computer-based systems the ships can command and constantly monitor the state and condition of platform machinery and systems on-board warships. The monitoring of a ships key components benefits the ships through life performance and reliability as any issues can be spotted and dealt with early.

14:15 -
An overview: The F125 Class Frigate and the challenge of automation
  • Operating ships that require half the manning levels of previous vessels
  • Project update and sea-trials findings
  • Future plans and lessons drawn from the F125 Class
Chief Technical Director Marc Steffens, Project Leader – F125 Class Frigate, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support
14:45 -
Delivering an appropriate response from detection to elimination
  • Integrating fire suppression systems into the overall platform management
  • Updates of management systems and providing a seamless transition during updates
  • Developing a backup plan in case of system failure and the implications on CBRN incident response

Flavio Marchesoni, Sales Director, Cristanini

15:15 -

Tide Class (MARS) Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tankers: Project update

  • Damage control implications for non-combat vessels
  • Industry collaboration for successful delivery
  • Damage control systems on board the Tide Class tankers

Captain James Collins, Chief Technical Superintendent – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, UK MoD DE&S

Afternoon Tea and Networking


With the global picture becoming increasingly unstable there is a necessity to readdress how damage control teams deal with potential threats from other external factors. Terrorism and the Mediterranean crisis are just two situations which stretch beyond traditional war-fighting but could still pose issues for naval teams.

16:30 -

Migrant handling and its implications for damage control and firefighting

  • Fighting a fire with large numbers of vulnerable people on board
  • Conducting rescue operations and preventing dangerous situations
  • Dealing with a large incident during a humanitarian crisis and a naval vessels suitability

Lieutenant Commander Cian O’Mearain, Fleet Marine Engineering Officer, Irish Naval Service

17:00 -

Preparing for unconventional threats and the Hellenic Navy approach to simulator based training

  • Planning for terrorism and piracy aimed at naval vessels
  • Future procurement for DC training simulators at the Hellenic Navy DC school
  • Navy priorities and future plans around damage control equipment

Lieutenant Commander George Lykos, Director at Damage Control School, Hellenic Navy

17:30 -

Chairman’s Summary

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S

17:40 -

Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman’s opening remarks

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S


As navies look to subsurface platforms to deliver a stealthy and effective deterrent to opposing fleets it is now more important than ever that they have a suitable response plan in place. With oxygen and water having to be carefully managed an incident on a submarine has extremely high consequences so this sector will delve into how some of these issues can be mitigated and solved.

09:00 -
Dealing with incidents involving radioactive materials on the subsurface fleet
  • Safe handling of radioactive materials
  • Responding to accidents involving radioactive materials
  • Emergencies involving radioactive materials and the necessary response plan

B2 David Dawson, SONERT – Submarine Delivery Agency, UK MoD – DE&S

09:30 -
Through-life performance of cable and pipe penetrations: key to survivability during fire or flooding
  • Recent incidents and surveys have highlighted major risks of failure in event of fire or flooding
  • Factors affecting watertight integrity through life
  • Naval Ship Code: regular inspection & watertight integrity testing of penetrations, use of ultrasound

Peter Litchfield, Technical Sales Director, CSD Sealing Systems

10:00 -
How increased automation can serve to benefit the subsurface fleet
  • The importance of an automated fire suppression system during an underwater incident
  • Reducing manning levels and the effect on response time
  • Gathering information on a submarines facilities and acting accordingly

Lieutenant Commander Will King, Navy Submarine Marine Engineering Policy, Royal Navy

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


An issue for damage control teams and wider crews is the storage of hazardous materials whether in weaponry or fuel in engine rooms. With chemical weapons once again prominent in recent conflicts such as Syria the need to prepare for an incident the issue is a pressing one. Incidents involving these threats require different tactics and equipment than that of a standard incident response. CBRN teams must prepare for initial response through to disaster control and decontamination.

11:15 -

Damage control incidents and experience aboard the F221 Frigate Regele Ferdinand

  • Key lessons taken away from a career as a damage control officer
  • Protection of critical infrastructure on board
  • The importance of maintenance in preventing the escalation of damage control incidents

Commander Bold Viorel, Head of Maintenance Office – Damage Control Officer, Romanian Navy

11:45 -

Collective Protection in Military Platforms

  • History of Collective Protection in maritime units
  • Current philosophy and the integration of the capability into naval platforms
  • Future developments, maintaining capability within budget constraints

Russell Tidbury, Business Development Manager, Portsmouth Aviation

12:15 -

Dealing with incidents involving chemical and biological weapons

  • Safely transporting and protecting hazardous materials
  • Protecting hazardous materials on board a ship during battle or collision
  • Decontaminating an area in case of spillage
12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


With more advanced ships being built and the necessary expertise to operate them increasing, there will be a real need to readdress what damage control capabilities are required. This next section will analyse which aspects of damage control will change and what navies are prioritising in the future.

13:45 -

Ship design considerations and future requirements for the Chilean fleet

  • Future procurement trends in ship acquisition
  • Blending civilian shipbuilding capabilities with naval requirements
  • Improving the procurement process and collaboration between industry and end users

Lieutenant Commander Juan Guillermo Callejas, Head of Technical Department Chilean Naval Mission in the UK, Chilean Navy

14:15 -

PANEL DISCUSSION: Future priorities and role for damage controls in modern fleets

  • The challenge in combining more traditional methods with modern practice
  • The effect of new vessels entering the fleet on damage control procedures
  • Balancing budgetary requirements and optimal ship survivability performance

Lieutenant Commander Will King, , Navy Submarine Marine Engineering Policy,, Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Frank Strubbe, Commanding Officer Damage Control, Belgian Navy

15:15 -
Chairman’s Summary and close of conference

Morgyn Davies OBE, Former Salvage & Maritime Operations Group Leader, UK MoD - DE&S