The Fire & Explosion department provides independent scientific analysis to establish the nature and cause of incidents and to assess the extent of loss and damage. We also advise on related loss prevention and safety management matters.
CWA also has the expertise to model fluid flow, spill releases, fire and explosion phenomena.
Scope of work
Estimated Maximum Loss (EML)
Expert witness >
Explosions and blast phenomena
Fire and explosion investigation
Fire initiation, propagation and spread
Fire properties of materials
Fire risk analysis
Gas and vapour cloud fires
Heat transfer and mechanical failure
Identification, collection & preservation of forensic evidence
Live attendance >
Post incident investigations >
Specification & supervision of forensic laboratory analysis
Unstable processes and transients
Experts & Consultants
The Fire & Explosion team are frequently called upon to give expert advice in arbitration and court hearings.
CWA investigated the cause of a multi-fatality incident on board a ULCC whilst undergoing hot work at a dry dock and ship repair facility.
Substantial mitigation of loss was achieved by applying an industry specialist's expertise to evaluate and supervise disposal on best possible terms of a cargo of smoke damaged pulp and paper.
CWA undertakes detailed post incident investigations of serious engine room fires.
CWA has investigated several fire and explosion incidents on a range of container vessels, reporting on ignition mechanisms and fire spread.
CWA undertook intensive literature review on previous boil over incidents for a multi-national oil company.
CWA reviewed current techniques for risk assessment of tank farms containing hazardous flammable inventories and developed an improved quantitative method for evaluating intertank safety distances in terms of hazardous properties of the inventory, tank insulation and water deluge. A computerised model was developed.
CWA has carried out investigations of major explosions and/or fire incidents involving gas carriers. We also advise on the adequacy of emergency responses, salvage options, loss mitigation and loss prevention.
CWA performs detailed post-mortem investigations of the loss by fire of vessels carrying a variety of IMO classed dangerous goods. CWA evaluates the likely cause, the consequential fire spread and the efficacy of firefighting procedures.
CWA has modelled in detail the spread of fire and oil dispersed from sunken wrecks.
CWA has undertaken contract research into the root causes of self-heating of Direct Reduced Iron in the light of recurring problems with shipments of DRI from certain ports.
CWA carries out detailed investigations of the technical and operational factors governing the loss by fire and explosion of vessels. CWA can perform complex mathematical modelling of fire spread and oil dispersed from sunken wrecks as part of our evaluations.