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Cargo Fire Initiative selects ScanReach for Maritime Safety Advancement in Container Ship Cargo Holds


London – January 19th, 2024 – Safetytech Accelerator, in collaboration with Anchor Partners, Evergreen, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Seaspan Corporation in the Cargo Fire & Loss Innovation Initiative (CFLII), is pleased to announce ScanReach as the second technology provider selected for the evaluation of its innovative technology aimed at ‘early-stage fire detection in cargo holds of containerships’.

Launched in February 2023 by Safetytech Accelerator, CFLII, brings together industry leaders, technology innovators, and maritime stakeholders to advance technologies that mitigate large-scale cargo fire, loss, and damage at sea. Aligned with the objective of enhancing shipping’s reputation as a safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible link in the global supply chain, CFLII currently includes leading shipping companies and maritime insurers as its Anchor Partners. To date CFLII identified and assessed innovative cargo monitoring tech with a focus on early fire detection. After evaluating 200+ companies, Safetytech Accelerator selected 13, and ScanReach is the second invited for evaluation by the Initiative, featuring feasibility studies and pilot programs with CFLII Anchor Partners.

ScanReach’s Advanced Sensor Mesh Technology

ScanReach introduces a unique sensor mesh technology, enabling wireless data transfer and connectivity in complex steel environments. This breakthrough enhances safety on vessels and rigs by overcoming challenges in maritime digitisation.The technology enables the deployment of a wide variety of sensor types, from air temperature to gas monitoring, meaning ships can be adaptive to different risks and operational challenges.  The initial phase of the evaluation will focus around demonstrating both its suitability for cargo holds alongside the deployment of air temperature probes in the hold.  It’s anticipated that further sensor types will then be assessed and deployed into the established network.



‘We are delighted to be selected amongst the industry providers and look forward to working together to solve significant industry challenges. Container fire detection is of immense importance but by its very nature, is a challenge to detect early and successfully. It is extremely encouraging to see the industry applying innovative technology to new applications to solve such complex issues. We are excited to be part of this exciting initiative, combining our unique multi-layered sensor approach and wireless connectivity, to help drive safety within our industry forward with innovative fire detection solutions’ Dan Slater – VP Sales & Business Development at ScanReach


The evaluation

CFLII adopts an agile and highly collaborative approach to evaluate innovative technologies.The evaluation of ScanReach’s technology to support distributed sensor networks is now underway through a structured feasibility study involving vessel assessment & survey leading to the planning and costing of deployment.  If successful, this will be followed by trials on one or more of the Anchor Partner’s cargo ships.

“The Cargo Fire & Loss Innovation Initiative (CFLII), led by Safetytech Accelerator, stands at the forefront of advancing maritime safety. With ScanReach being selected by the Initiative Anchor Partners, we’re thrilled to bring innovative solutions to the challenging realm of early-stage fire detection in container ship cargo holds. This collaboration reflects Safetytech Accelerator’s commitment to fostering cutting-edge technology to enhance maritime industry’s safety, sustainability and efficiency.”  Rich McLoughlin, CFLII Programme Director

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About ScanReach

Scanreach – On-board wireless connectivity

ScanReach has developed the breakthrough wireless IoT technology known as onboard wireless connectivity (OWC), a cornerstone of maritime IoT. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, ScanReach designs, develops and delivers comprehensive services for Location Management, Cargo Monitoring, Fuel & Emission Monitoring, Security & Access Controls, Fire Detection & Onboard Safety, and Machine Monitoring. Discover more about how ScanReach is pioneering maritime safety and efficiency at

About ONE

Ocean Network Express (ONE) was incepted on July 7, 2017 following the liner service integrations of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). The new entity functions from its global headquarter in Singapore, supported by regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil. Operating more than 230 vessels, it offers an expeditious and a reliable international network of over 170 services to 120 countries and beyond. ONE is the world’s sixth largest container carrier with a fleet size of approximately 1.8 million TEU. ONE is a member of THE Alliance (THEA), a global ocean carrier consortium. For more information, please visit

About Seaspan Corporation

Seaspan Corporation is the largest global containership lessor, primarily focused on long-term, fixed-rate leases with the world’s largest container shipping liners. As of September 30, 2023, Seaspan’s operating fleet consisted of 142 vessels with a total capacity of 1,410,800 TEU, and an additional 47 vessels under construction, delivering through to December 2024, increasing total fleet capacity to 1,927,800 TEU, on a fully delivered basis. For more information, visit

About Safetytech Accelerator

Safetytech Accelerator, established by Lloyd’s Register, is the first fully dedicated technology accelerator focused on advancing innovation in safety critical industries, with a mission to make the world safer, more resilient, and more sustainable through the wider adoption of technology.

CFLII Full list of members.

Cosco Shipping Lines, Evergreen, HMM, Lloyds Register, Maersk, Ocean Network Express, Offen Group, Seaspan, TT-Club and UKP&I.

Read more about the initiative here.



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