Sea-Fire Marine president Ernie Ellis addressed 650 people at the 27th Marine Insurance Seminar, which was held Nov. 1-2 at the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club.
The event gathers marine insurance agents, brokers, underwriters, surveyors, admiralty lawyers and other professionals from around the globe to learn about issues facing the owners of private and commercial vessels.
An industry expert on marine fire detection and suppression, Ellis co-presented the session “Fire: Hot Topic, But Not the Same Old Story.”
He reviewed the primary purposes of a marine fire detection and suppression system: to protect life and property and meet Coast Guard requirements. The evolution of suppression fluids was discussed, as was the proper design of a system and the advantages and limitations of various types.
Randy Watson concluded the presentation with a discussion of post-fire processes, including the scientific-based investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents.
Watson is a fire investigator, manager with S-E-A (Scientific Expert Analysis), a company that conducts forensic examination, research and testing.
Ellis has more than 25 years of experience developing and manufacturing advanced marine safety equipment. He is an ABYC standing member on the A-4 Fire Fighting Equipment committee and member of the National Fire Protection Association.