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The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Why are so many boxships burning?

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Containerships are averaging one fire every two weeks so far in 2020, so while we have not seen a Yantian Express, Maersk Honam or an MSC Flaminia hit the headlines, the likelihood of a large casualty is largely down to luck rather than any improvement in the risk management of this too often overlooked situation. Joining the podcast this week to discuss why the boxes are burning: Allianz head of marine risk, Rahul Khanna, Gard senior claim executive Are Solum, and TT Club risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox


THE hot topic of cargo related fires on board containerships refuses to be extinguished, despite a recent flurry of industry efforts to snuff out the problem.

We’ve not seen a Yantian Express, Maersk Honam or an MSC Flaminia reach the headlines in recent months, but there has been a persistent series of smaller fires that have gone unnoticed.

And the numbers are not going down.

According to the P&I Club Gard, on average there has been roughly one fire every two weeks so far in 2020.

Joining Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade this week to discuss the persistent problem of burning boxes we have panel blazing with expertise:

  • Are Solum, senior claims executive, lawyer, Gard

  • Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club risk management director

  • Capt Rahul Khanna, global head of marine risk consulting at Allianz

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