CNdM (Chantier Naval De Marseille), which operates several dry docks including the largest dry dock in the Mediterranean at Grand Port Maritime de Marseille (Marseille Port Authority), prides itself on its stringent safety record.

The yard, alongside its sister company, SGdP (San Giorgio del Porto) operates eight dry-docks and over 2km of equipped repair yards, and is therefore capable of handling the largest of vessels coming from the cruise, commercial, offshore and renewable sectors. The 175 year old business employs 110 people including naval architects and mechanical engineers, skilled workers and specialized technicians, however chooses to outsource its fire safety to industry-leading specialist, Fire Aid.

CNdM’s CEO, Jacques Hardelay comments, “As a single dry docked vessel can have up to 100 operators working on it at any one time, the opportunities for accidents and user errors are increased. Fire Aid provides a comprehensive solution to the challenges of working in dry dock by overseeing the entire fire safety process. This includes permit management as well as the sourcing, appointing, attiring and placement of fire guards, which can run to many individuals per project working on site for many months.

As CNdM’s operations are in an environment where a broad range of inter-related activities is required, therefore our shipyard has devised and implemented a comprehensive QHSSE (Quality, Health, Safety, Service and Environment) system. Fire Aid also runs essential safety reporting; all of which is tailored to seamlessly segue with our own QHSSE systems.”

Chris Rowley, Fire Aid’s MD, agrees, “Regulations made under the HSW Act for a sea-going ship often do not apply with a vessel in dry dock undergoing repair as ship’s crews may engage in wider duties. There are cases where the work does not meet usual ship-board activities, which means that Workplace (HSW) Regulations, or their equivalent, applies.”

CNdM’s CEO, Jacques Hardelay continues, “As Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) applies to crews and workers operating within a dry dock, specifically with regards to lighting and safe access, it is imperative that the crews working in our dry docks operate safely and to regulation. As CNdM’s largest maxi dock is 465m, working with Fire Aid enables us to ensure that we are correctly and safely manned and regulated no matter the size or complexity of vessel.”

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