Ferry Fire in Greece – Investigation Reveals Shocking Truth

An investigation into the tragic recent fire on a car ferry has revealed that the vessel had been criticised by inspectors just days before it set sail. The ferry’s operator had been given until December 31st to repair the defects but it is currently unclear as to whether any of these concerns had been acted upon when the ship left Greece, heading for Italy, on December 28th 2014.

The car ferry, Norman Atlantic, had almost 500 people on board, most of whom were passengers. Shortly after setting sail, a fire on one of the internal car decks quickly got out of control, the flames and smoke of which forced passengers to flee to outer decks where they were battered by heavy rain and wind. Daring helicopter and lifeboat rescue missions managed to save most of the passengers and crew on board though there are at least 13 recorded fatalities and many people still unaccounted for.

The revelation that the vessel was condemned by inspectors has sent shockwaves throughout the world and it would seem that, in the extremely short time period between the inspection and the ship sailing, the many defects noticed could not have been adequately attended to: these defects included insufficient emergency lighting, life rafts and evacuation methods along with faulty fire doors. The investigation is continuing.

It cannot be stated more simply – fire doors help save lives. UK Law demands that all public buildings and workplaces have clear, effective fire safety regulations in place and fire doors form a key part of these regulations.

Bespoke Complete Services are competent specialists in the manufacture and supply of fire doors to a wide range of organisations from schools, hospitals and churches to hotels, private facilities and commercial and industrial premises.

Happy New Year from BCS!

Everyone at Bespoke Complete Services is looking forward to 2015 and the fresh projects, challenges and successes it is set to bring. The New Year is always a busy time as renovation projects begin or resume in earnest and BCS will continue with our constant commitment to the professional and consistent development, production and supply of bespoke doors and doorsets to a diverse array of building and renovation projects.

We specialise in providing bespoke doors, doorsets and bespoke fire doors of impeccable quality, all of which are officially and independently tested to ensure total compliance with every relevant health & safety specification. Pre-assembled to maximise efficiency and convenience, our bespoke doors and doorsets are quick and easy to install, providing a dramatic saving on labour costs.

The innovative and effective Strebord core that forms the base of our ‘Severe Duty’ rated bespoke doors provides incredible strength, functionality and safety, leading to their being selected for many high-profile construction and renovation projects in educational and medical establishments. We look forward to further improving and developing these doorsets in 2015.

The Safehinge, a patented device which prevents fingers from becoming trapped in doors, continued to grow in popularity throughout 2014 and is set to become even more widespread this year. More than 30,000 injuries, many serious, were reported in 2014 and the Safehinge seeks to reduce this shocking number in 2015.

We would like to wish our customers and staff a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Call BCS on 01254 777142 or e-mail info@bcs-l.com for more information on our bespoke doors and doorsets including acoustic doors, performance doors and fire doors.