As a result of the lifting of working restrictions following the peak of the global pandemic, shipyards have welcomed back the Fire Aid teams of Fire Guards, where they are continuing to provide professional services to their vessel refit programmes.
One such yard is long-term Fire Aid customer, Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM), located in Marseille, France, where Fire Aid currently has a British Fire Safety Supervisor working together with eleven Fire Aid Fire Guards who have joined from Bulgaria. New safety regulations are in force, with social distancing, protective equipment, and health checks being at the fore.
The Fire Aid team is operating on board the 188 m Ro-Ro cruise ferry, GNV Fantastic which is owned by GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) and operates between Genoa-Barcelona-Tangier and Sete in Italy.
Chris Rowley, Fire Aid’s MD commented, “It is great for our teams to return to CNdM. We are proud of how everyone involved has embraced the imposed changes and are collaboratively delivering a safe and effective working environment for all concerned.”
Another small team of four Fire Guards travelled from Macedonia to join the Norwegian Star in Rotterdam where they were assisting with the refit for a number of weeks which finished at the end of May.
Currently there are two teams of seven Fire Guards onboard the NCL Getaway and NCL Breakaway. This project will run until at east the end of June, and is likely to be extended until October when the ships are due to depart.
Contact Chris Rowley on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how Fire Aid helps shipyards deliver safer dry docks.
Picture courtesy of Chantier Naval de Marseille (c)