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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09:30 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:50 -
Chairman’s opening remarks

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


Prevention is the first step to a successful fire approach on board naval vessels. Innovative materials and design that keeps fire prevention as a top priority equals a less flammable, more protected vessel which is better able to float, move and fight. This section will look at how the likelihood of fire can be reduced through preventative measures and also what lessons navies can learn from the civilian sector.

10:00 -
Developments in the commercial sector – Lessons from cruise ship incidents
  • Past incidents that have changed Carnivals approach to fire
  • The Prevention, Detection and Suppression Programme
  • Protecting power cables during an incident

Mike Collier, Manager Research and Projects, Carnival Corporation

10:30 -

FlameRanger: A new approach to fully automatic detection and extinguishing

  • Technology overview: Combining IR array flame detectors and high volume robotic nozzles
  • US Navy test results for large volume spaces
  • Applications and conclusions of the tests

Mattias Eggert, Managing Director, UNIFIRE AB

11:00 -

A simulation framework to assess crew damage control (DC) procedures and responses

  • Assessing resilience of naval platforms to survive longer, keep crew safe and deliver mission success
  • Investigating best practice for DC procedures using 3D visualisation and maritimeEXODUS
  • Fire simulation model: SMARTFIRE, exposing personnel to situations that would be unsafe in training

Dr Steven Deere, Research Fellow, University of Greenwich

11:30 -
Lunch and Networking


To guarantee operability is maintained a fire must be detected before it can grow and spread. Whether through fixed fire alarms or platform management systems the detection of a fire allows the damage control team to plot a suitable response quickly. This section will analyse the preliminary stages of a fire from detection to first response.

12:45 -
Search Tool Marine: A search tool for fire rescue on ships – Determining zonal risks
  • Avoiding and minimalizing environmental and chemical hazards
  • Preventing accidental risks during clean up, handling and transportation
  • Providing adequate information to emergency services and shipyards for repair and clean up

Lieutenant Robert Averin, Project Manager, FMV

13:15 -

Special naval firefighting technology

  • Noske Kaeser: All from one source
  • Hyfex: A unique system for firefighting in machinery spaces of surface vessels
  • Reduced crew concepts, the solution to safe manpower

Robert Megyery, Head of Piping and Firefighting, Noske Kaeser

13:45 -

The work of the Danish Naval Safety Centre for fire protection and crew response

  • Developing competent teachers and instructors for crew training
  • Facilities and equipment used in Danish naval DC training
  • Future plans and considerations for furthering DC education

Commander Frank Jeppesen, CO Danish Naval Safety Centre, Royal Danish Navy

14:15 -

Firemiks - A volumetric dosing system for firefighting

  • The basic principles of creating a dosing system without the need for balanced pressure
  • Examples of naval and onshore installations
  • A cost-saving test method – No consumption of foam concentrate

Per Aredal, Sales Director, Firemiks

14:45 -
Coffee and Networking


Navies across the world are exploring new ways to fight fire and emerging options include innovative techniques such as gas based firefighting. There are numerous situations in which a fire could occur either through offensive action or human error and first responders need to be adequately prepared. Automated systems and crew need to work in synergy to ensure the fire can be extinguished as quickly as possible.

15:30 -
Joint Force Water Environment Disaster Relief Operations (JFWEDROP)
  • Research project led by the Italian Civil Defence motivated by the outcomes of Costa Concordia
  • Main task of JFWEDROP: Combined underwater or surface technical capacities
  • SAR recovery of victims in submerged or a partially submerged built environment

Station Manager John Mazzey, SM Technical Rescue, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

16:00 -
HI-FOG® water mist fire protection systems on naval platforms
  • Basic principles and operational advantages
  • Commercial off the shelf v. military off the shelf systems
  • System configurations and operational use

Timo Niiranen, Manager – Special Applications, Marioff Corporation

16:30 -
Overview of findings from the Royal Navy Firefighting Improvement Programme
  • Strengths and weaknesses of current in-service methods and equipment
  • Integration of best of new and current into modern approach proposal
  • Full scale testing and proving

Dr James Glockling, Technical Director and Director of RISC Authority, Fire Protection Association

16:30 -
Chairman’s summary and close of focus day

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

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 need for a ship to remain mission capable in a hostile environment is a key damage control concept. Furthering a ship’s survivability is essential to gaining the upper hand against your enemy whether it be through structural consideration or reducing your ship’s signature. This opening session will explore why survivability is a key concept and how it can be improved.

09:00 -

Damage control: The perspective of FOST

  • The importance of effective DC: HMS Nottingham case study
  • Understanding the threat environment – A CO’s perspective from Archer to Ark Royal
  • How we train and how FOST has adapted over time (coaching and mentoring, IDT, preparing for QEC)

Rear Admiral John Clink OBE, Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

09:30 -
The benefits of cutting systems to shipboard fire fighting
  • Cutting extinguisher development and benefits to crew and platforms
  • Performance feedback from operations on different platforms
  • Next generation equipment and tactics

Anders Trewe, Business Manager Naval Solutions, Cold Cut Systems

10:00 -
Radar signature management for surface ships
  • The role of radar signature in a ships survivability
  • The effects of the enivronment on a ships radar signature
  • Involvement of Dstl in international collaboration relevant to radar signature

Dr Frances Talbot, Principal Scientist Maritime Susceptibility, UK MoD Dstl

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


With a plethora of new platforms coming into service the need for innovative firefighting methods has grown and provided fire response teams with new challenges. The requirements around the size and complexity for these ships pose a challenge that industry needs to address. This section will weigh up some of the challenges and potential solutions.

11:15 -
Type 26 Global Combat Ship: Opportunities and constraints on internal battle capability
  • Type 26 programme update and platform overview
  • The conflicting demands of developing an internal battle capability
  • The balance between automation/complexity, operability/survivability and legislation/warfighting

Lieutenant Commander Mick Thomson, Type 26 Marine Systems Approval Authority, Royal Navy

11:45 -

Equipping the first responder with a quick to use refill system for breathing apparatus

  • Delivering a safe, fast and reliable refilling cycle for diving cylinders
  • Designing a system to resist shock, vibration and a corrosive environment
  • Ensuring operators are suitably trained to deal with the high temperature environment

Bill Dormer, Defence Sales Director, Hale Hamilton Valves

12:15 -

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces firefighting and damage control school

  • Main task and objectives of the school
  • Environmentally friendly facilities
  • An overview of training simulators and accompanying video

Captain Engineer Saeed Fahad Alshahrani, Commander of Fire Fighting and Damage Control School – Jeddah, Saudi Naval Forces

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


In recent years a growing cause of damage to naval vessels are incidents stemming from human factors. Mitigating these errors comes down to effective training early on in the career of a sailor and should be a continually reviewed facet of damage control. This section will look at the current and future training methods being utilised and how industry can help resolve shortcomings.

14:15 -
The operational challenges of training personnel at the Latvian Naval Training Centre
  • A brief introduction to the work of the naval training centre
  • Challenges of training personnel for the Latvian Navy
  • Lessons to be learned for future training operations
Commander Ruslans Pečulis, Chief of Seamanship and Tactical Branch, Training and Doctrine Command, Latvian Navy
14:45 -
The application of cold cutting for firefighting on board ships
  • Cristanini WJFE 300 and Firestop 200 systems
  • Protecting first responders from the threat of fighting fire in a small area
  • Providing responders with a mobile and effective fire solution

David Butler BEM, Fire Systems Manager, Fra Angelico Ltd

15:15 -

Managing Safety: Hellenic Navy firefighting, evacuation and flooding simulators

  • Safety framework of the Hellenic Navy
  • The use of damage control simulators
  • The evolution of the damage control school and future plans

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

Afternoon Tea and Networking


Management of a CBRN incident can be one of the most difficult incidents for a damage control team to deal with. From detection to neutralizing the threat it is essential that the responders have the training and tools to provide an effective response. This segment will analyse how CBRN is being considered by DC schools.

16:30 -

CBRN training in the RNLN: Securing the CBRN knowledge and knowhow of the fleet

  • Working on awareness of the CBRN threat
  • Educating RNLN personnel in the area of CBRN
  • Methods of training utilised by the RNLN in the CBRN sector

Commander ME Richard Gans, Commanding Officer RNLN School for CBRN, DC and Safety, Royal Netherlands Navy

17:00 -

FIRESAFE study: An overview of the project

  • Motivations for conducting the study
  • Structure of the FIRESAFE study
  • Initial results and expectations for the work

Sifis Papageorgiou, Project Officer – Ship Safety and Marine Equipment, EMSA

17:30 -

Chairman’s Summary

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


Shipyards have a large role to play in effective damage control for naval vessels. Their role in designing a ship that can meet the demands of a battlefield while maintaining safety standards makes them a key step to effective prevention and response. This section is a real opportunity for industry and navies to discuss solutions that are both practical for the military and realistic for the shipbuilders.

09:00 -
The Frigate European Multi-Mission Programme (FREMM): Developing a multi-purpose fleet
  • Design modifications from the existing fleet of frigates
  • Collaboration with industry partners to deliver the vessels
  • The new ships of the “Legge Navale”

Captain Marco Parapetto, Head of Platform Design Department, Italian Navy

09:30 -
Adaptive automation to support damage control incident management to maximise survivability
  • Joint electronic picture compilation to reduce communications and limit operator errors
  • Automated advice and support for damage control operating procedures
  • Integration of multiple applications for integrated damage control support

Frank Soonieus MSc, QE, Product Manager Ship Automation, RH Marine

Lieutenant Commander Frans Geertsma, Systems Engineer – Automation, Integration, Survivability, Netherlands MoD

10:00 -
The damage control issues in the current Fleet and impact of the FREMM programme
  • Innovative damage control systems aboard the new vessels
  • Trialling new technology and incorporating systems into existing vessels
  • Results and sea trials of the new ships

Captain Marco Parapetto, Head of Platform Design Department, Italian Navy

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


The effects of flooding include loss of system control, severely restricted operability and vessel instability. How crew fight and contain the flooding can ensure the ship remains afloat and continues fighting. Whether through integrated platform management systems or a rapid crew response the necessity to gain control and manage the incident is key.

11:15 -

HMCS Protecteur and its implications for Canadian damage control

  • Incident brief and difficulties in fighting the fire far from land based support
  • Combating a fire during a ship generator failure and steps to address this challenge
  • Lessons learnt from the incident and future measures to be taken by the Canadian Navy

Lieutenant Commander Eric Dufresne, Sub-Section Head, Damage Control and Sea Water Systems, DG Maritime Equipment Program Management, Canadian Navy

11:45 -

Containment and survivability: Compartmentalisation and critical role multi-cable transits and penetrations

  • The Naval Ship and FTP 2010 codes highlight weaknesses through “AO” and “A-60” fire divisions
  • Improving survivability using RISE NOFIRNO multi-cable transits and pipe penetrations
  • Coltraco ultrasonic PortascannerTM:Testing watertight integrity of cable transits & pipe penetrations

Peter Litchfield BEng (Hons) AssocRINA, Technical Sales Director, CSD Sealing Systems

12:15 -

FOST: Current and future vision for firefighting and damage control

  • Rationale behind current approach to training
  • Current training model: Balancing realism with training
  • Future challenges and developments

Lieutenant Commander Simon Bodman, Staff Damage Control Officer, Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


As Navies diversify and direct their Fleets towards modern threats the necessity for damage control to adapt also increases. Protecting the ship from damage whether it be through external or internal threats is still a key consideration in ensuring a battle ready fleet. This section will look at ways in which damage control can move forward and meet the demands of the ever changing global picture and what lessons can be learnt from other areas.

13:45 -

Lessons for the surface fleet from subsurface experience and international coordination

  • Prevention and crew training
  • Reliance on both automation and crew response
  • The international response in the case of a submarine in distress

Captain Aniello Cuciniello, International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office, NATO

14:15 -

Panel discussion: Incorporating future damage control technology and training

  • Collaboration with industry to manage and support the needs of the Navies
  • Next steps in damage control technology and its potential impact
  • Addressing the internal threat: Developments in damage control training

Commander ME Richard Gans, Commanding Officer RNLN School for CBRN, DC and Safety, Royal Netherlands Navy

Commander Richard Cragg, Royal Navy Submarine Sea Training – Marine Engineering Team Leader, Flag Officer Sea Training – Royal Navy

Commander Ruslans Pečulis, Chief of Seamanship and Tactical Branch, Latvian Naval Training Centre

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

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