Tom Guldner
Tom Guldner
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Tom Guldner is a retired Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department’s Marine Division and is a Principal Member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Merchant Vessels. His company Marine Firefighting Inc. is involved in consulting and training mariners and land based firefighters in all aspects of marine fire fighting.

A crude oil tanker exploded – Why is that unusual?

On August 15, 2018 an explosion rocked the VLCC Desh Vaibhav. The vessel had just off-loaded 270,000 mt of crude from the Persian Gulf and her tanks were empty at the time of the explosion. Tragically, several crew members were…

LNG in your Port

I have written about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the past. Earlier, I discussed the large quantities of this liquid which was being imported into the USA. Then, with the discovery of large amounts of natural gas being found, we…

Maritime terrorism on ferries and the land-based firefighter – Part 2

In Part One of this article we looked at some of the smaller commuter ferries operating around the world. A fire aboard, whether due to terrorism or an engine malfunction, will present quite a challenge to Fire Departments not used…

STOP PRESS – This just in from Tom Guldner!

As Part 2 of my article dealing with Terrorism on ferries has just been published in the latest issue of ‘International Fire Fighter (IFF) magazine” there was an explosion on a ferry in a vacation port in Mexico. At the…

Maritime terrorism on ferries and the land-based firefighter – Part 1

When we think about terrorism we usually associate it with gunfire and a military or police response. It is not considered a Firefighters role to get engaged in a gunfight or to de-fuse an explosive device. I have no problem…

What’s inside those shipping containers?

The 17,800-gross ton container ship Sea Elegance had been lying at anchor off Durban awaiting a berth for less than 24 hours when an explosion rocked the vessel at 0730 hours on October 11, 2003. A fire rapidly spread around…

Fighting Ship Fires for the Army?

The Kwajalein Atoll is part of the Marshall Islands and is half-way between Hawaii and Japan in the Pacific Ocean. It is also home of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, commonly…

What Happened to the Air? Hidden Dangers Aboard Ships

Aboard ship there are many areas that have hidden dangers of which the land-based firefighter may be unaware. I think that we all would be suspicious about entering a newly emptied cargo tank aboard an eight hundred foot gasoline tanker.…

There’s No LNG In My District … Think Again!

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been in use for many years. In the past it had been more common in Europe and Asia than in the USA but that is changing rapidly. Large LNG ships have been loading in Africa…

Vessel Fire Plans

In my previous article entitled, ‘Shipboard Basics’ I mentioned that one of the first things a firefighter should do when boarding a ship for a fire or emergency is to secure a copy of the vessel’s Fire Plan. I indicated…

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