Fire safety report demanded five changes on Bibby Stockholm

Documents released under FoI laws show officials’ concerns after first asylum seekers boarded

Safety inspectors have demanded five urgent alterations to the Bibby Stockholm, the giant barge meant to hold hundreds of people seeking asylum, because of risks to their lives in the event of fire, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

Dorset and Wiltshire fire service examined the vessel in Portland after the first asylum seekers were taken onboard three weeks ago. Officials concluded in their fire inspection report, released under FoI, that lives could be put at risk because there were too few fire escapes, a lack of fire drills and problems with air vents that would have to be rectified within weeks.

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