3rd - 5th October 2017
Portsmouth, UK

Focus Day 3rd October 2017
Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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

Morgyn Davies OBE, 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 -

Water mist systems: Detection through to response

  • Detecting a fire on board the vessel and the relay of information to the suppression system
  • Comparing water mist with traditional firefighting methods
  • Maintenance of high pressure systems and ensuring operability
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 -

Phoenix firefighting training and the advantages of live facilities

  • The Phoenix facilities and integration of them into the Royal Navy training process
  • Increasing survivability and crew effectiveness through managed live scenarios
  • Providing expertise on the full spectrum of fire scenarios

Lieutenant Commander Matt Steele, Fire Fighting Training officer, Royal Naval School of Marine Survivability MWS Phoenix, Royal Navy

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 -
Handheld communication systems for naval firefighters
  • Guaranteeing unbroken communications during a fire-related incident
  • Relaying information to ship command through handheld radios
  • Managing signal strength loss during a fire
13:30 -

Enhancing fire suppression through mobile high pressure water mist and cold cutting systems

  • Protecting first responders from the threat of firefighting in a small area
  • Providing a mobile and effective fire solution
  • Maintenance of high pressure cutting systems


14:00 -

Operating in confined spaces: First response challenges

  • 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

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

14:30 -
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.

15:00 -
Ship design and compartmentalisation – Slowing down the speed at which a fire spreads
  • Minimalising fire damage through compartmentalisation of a ship
  • Incorporating fire prevention strategy into the early stages of design
  • Limiting the spread of smoke through proper ventilation
15:30 -
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
16:00 -
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
16:30 -
Chairman’s summary and close of focus day
08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

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


The last few years has seen a real trend in naval fleet development away from large crews and to vessels that rely heavily on automated systems. As navies face changing requirements and changes to numbers of crew on board automated systems could provide a cost and time efficient solution. This debate will be covered in this sector.

09:00 -

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

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 -
Adapting damage control systems to the modern battlefield
  • Localizing an incident and assigning a suitable response
  • Cameras and other support offered to the damage control team
  • Automatically providing smoke removal, optimal escape and attack routes to responders
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 a mix of simulated and practical 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 -

Writing and delivering effective online content training

  • Testing and evaluating of crew throughout their careers to maintain standards
  • Online-based training and its benefit to crew performance
  • Collaboration between industry and military to deliver practical and reliable training
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 not just the response to an emergency but a ships through life performance and reliability as any issues can be spotted and dealt with early

14:15 -
Using automation to monitor the state of a ship’s facilities
  • Ship stability calculation and assessing damage
  • Real-time monitoring and control of hull, mechanical and electrical systems
  • The effect on manning levels and costs
14:45 -
Maintaining reliability of ship management systems
  • System architecture and protection of computerised components
  • Updates of management systems and providing a seamless transition during updates
  • Developing a backup plan in case of system failure
15:15 -

Unifying a ships capabilities under one internal computerised system

  • Refitting existing naval vessels to incorporate an integrated platform management system
  • Training bridge crew to effectively utilise the capabilities
  • Current industry solutions for better automated decision making
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 the realm of traditional war-fighting but could still pose huge issues for naval teams.

16:30 -

Mediterranean crisis and the challenges posed by humanitarian efforts by navies

  • 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
17:00 -

PANEL DISCUSSION: Future threats and how to prepare damage control teams accordingly

  • Planning for terrorism and piracy aimed at naval vessels
  • Conventional warfare with sophisticated enemy threats
  • Navy priorities and future plans around damage control equipment
17:45 -

Chairman’s Summary

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

17:50 -

Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

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

Morgyn Davies OBE, 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 are built with damage control in mind. With oxygen and water having to be carefully managed an incident on a submarine has extremely high consequences. With this in mind 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 – Defence Equipment and Support

09:30 -
Subsurface flooding and the importance of a quick response
  • Using integrated platform management systems to identify the location of the flood
  • Relaying information to first responders and delivering as fast a response as possible
  • Methods used for halting a flood and how these are set to change
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
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 -

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
11:45 -

Fighting a fuel-based fire on board a naval vessel

  • The issues a fuel-based fire provides a first response fire team
  • Insulating fuel storage areas to protect against heat and combustion
  • Closing off fuel systems to protect engine infrastructure during fires
12:15 -

Protection of weapons and combustible cargo

  • Correct storage and inspection of weapons during transit
  • Protecting weapon systems during a fire-based incident
  • Managing the maintenance of vulnerable cargo to ensure product stability
12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


As modern fleets change dramatically in the next few years 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

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

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

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

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