The Standard Club protection and indemnity mutual has outlined the factors shipowners need to be aware of when handling ultra large containership fires.

The club knows more than most on the subject after being involved in some of the industry’s most high-profile cases, such as the 15,000-teu Maersk Honam (built 2017), 2,134-teu MSC Chitra (built 1980) and 6,732-teu MSC Flaminia (built 2001).

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Its experience is that mega-boxships require special consideration when they are involved in a casualty because salvage response equipment has not kept pace with the increasing size of vessels.