Fire debris is hazardous waste

Charred planks, misshapen lead keels, melted synthetic hulls.  If a fire ravaged a vessel or a winter storage facility, then all that's usually left is a sad expression – and a lot of hazardous waste.

The debris must be disposed of properly. Fibreglass, metal and wood generally don't require special treatment, but after a fire, the debris can release dangerous toxins, such as dioxin, furan, sulphuric acid, and hydrochloric acid.

The precise manner in which fire debris has to be disposed of varies from country to country, even from state to state within Germany. Disposal must be arranged by the vessel owner or by the operator of the winter storage facility in which the vessels were housed. You can rest assured that if you're insured by Pantaenius the claims department will be able to advise the owner. In some cases, disposal of hazardous waste can be quite costly, since the debris must first be sorted by the disposal firm. However, under the Pantaenius Scheme the costs for this are covered by the insurance.

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