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Your Battery Charger: a Real Risk of Liveaboard Fire

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Fire aboard a vessel is terrifying. It can take hold instantaneously. A recent video of the Indonesian liveaboard MV WAOW burning shows how much is left afterward. The heat generated is enough to melt scuba tanks. https://goo.gl/e9juAJ

Every vessel has a crewman on watch 24 hours per day, for this among many other reasons.

For the crew to check for the possible outbreak of fire requires access to every part of the vessel at all times, but naturally this conflicts with the wishes of most liveaboard passengers who require privacy. Nonetheless, the crew must enforce a strict regime of fire safety, which includes removing any risk of cabin fire....


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