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John Allum
Regional Director (HK) at Hawkins


John has a degree in Analytical Chemistry from Plymouth University and a PhD in Emulsion Explosives from Cranfield University. John joined a firm of consulting scientists and engineers in 2001, before establishing HFS Asia in 2011. He has been involved in the investigation of over 600 fire and explosion incidents, ranging from small domestic premises to large industrial plants. He has provided advice on the storage and use of damaged explosives and the appropriate use of explosives in wreck removal.

John has investigated a wide variety of marine incidents on ships and yachts, including fires in containers, engine rooms and bulk cargoes. He has provided advice on 'live' ship fires involving cargoes such as DRI, coal and agricultural products. In addition, John has dealt with a number of cargo contamination cases, including natural product spoilage, chemical reactions, liquid and gas cargo contamination, taking samples, interpreting analytical results, and supervising the clean-up.

John also has significant experience of agricultural bulk cargo claims, including determining causes of product deterioration, cargo liquefaction (fluorspar, nickel ore, iron ore, fines etc.) and providing advice on the carriage and care of the cargo. This work involves supervising surveyors, agricultural scientists and sampling experts as well as providing reports suitable for use in both local courts and London Arbitrations. John has provided advice on incidents involving IMDG CODE and IMSBC CODE cargoes, including chemical and dangerous cargoes.

Agenda Sessions

  • Stakeholders’ roundtable discussion: Rewriting the rules -- what can the industry do to mitigate the risk of containership fires?