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Superyacht Fire Safety: International Superyacht Society Education Leadership Seminar

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Dryad Global's Corey Ranslem joined this year's International Superyacht Society (ISS) Education Leadership Seminar Series to moderate the first panel discussion on 'Fire Safety'.

The ISS program provided a series of educational events designed to address issues facing the marketplace, owners, captains, crew and yachting professionals.

ISS professional member and Dryad Global's CEO Corey Ranslem moderated the first panel, 'Fire Safety'. He was joined by Laura Sherrod - Newcoast Insurance, Mike Pavluk - Frankentek, Pete Southgate - Cayman Registry, Richie Blake - Dohle Yachts and Robert Ellis - Sea-Fire Marine to discuss new guideline developments. Is there an increase in fires or is this just better reported? Are Lithium (Li-on) batteries a major concern and what are the solutions?

Watch the seminar recording in full:


Fire safety aboard superyachts is important for a number of reasons. First, superyachts are often large and complex vessels with a lot of flammable materials on board, such as fuel, oil, and paint. This makes them more susceptible to fires than smaller boats. Second, superyachts often travel long distances and may be far from shore in the event of a fire. This means that crew and passengers may have to rely on their own resources to fight the fire or evacuate the vessel. Third, superyacht fires can be very destructive, both to the vessel itself and to the environment. In some cases, fires have resulted in fatalities.

A number of measures can be done to improve fire safety aboard superyachts. These include:

  • Regular fire drills: Crew and passengers should be familiar with the fire safety procedures on board and know how to use the fire extinguishers and other safety equipment.
  • Good housekeeping: All flammable materials should be stored properly and away from heat sources.
  • Proper maintenance: All electrical and mechanical equipment should be regularly maintained and inspected for potential fire hazards.
  • Fire prevention: Smoking should be prohibited on board and all cooking should be done in a safe manner.
  • Fire detection and suppression systems: Superyachts should be equipped with a fire detection and suppression system that will alert crew and passengers to a fire and help to contain it.

Find out more about the International Superyacht Society and its membership

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) Education Series provides a comprehensive and up-to-date education on all aspects of the superyacht industry, including:

  • Superyacht design and construction
  • Superyacht operations and management
  • Superyacht crew training and certification
  • Superyacht safety and security
  • Superyacht environmental compliance
  • Superyacht law and regulation

The ISS Education Series is designed for a wide audience, including superyacht owners, operators, crew members, and industry professionals. The series is also a valuable resource for students and professionals who are interested in a career in the superyacht industry.

The ISS Education Series is delivered in a variety of formats, including online courses, webinars, and in-person seminars and is available in a variety of languages.