Protect your crew, cargo and vessels. Coltraco Ultrasonics proudly work across the maritime industry with ship owners, ship managers as well as marine surveyors, ports, shipyards and classification societies. As of 2021, with over 30 years’ experience working in the maritime industry, 17% of the world fleet use Coltraco Ultrasonics technology.
Some customer examples are V Ships, BP Shipping, Wallem Ship Management, P&O and Moller Maersk. Coltraco aim to deliver the Safeship®: to improve safety of crew, cargo and vessels at sea. This is Coltraco’s mission: using the FLEETSAFE® range of innovative, intuitive technology to improve safety. Sinking is the number one cause of loss of ships at sea and fire is the number two. We support you to mitigate these risks through technology: inspecting watertight integrity of the holds, doors and MCTs and inspecting the ships’ fixed fire suppression system.
Saving maritime companies time, risk and money: an accurate, reliable and easy to use package, for any crew members to use. With this package the hatch-covers, doors, MCTs, compartments, pipework, hulls, bulkheads, rotating machinery, pumps, sprinkler systems and gaseous extinguishing installations are protected. The product range is based on integrity, from design, through to life-time support, and is accurate, reliable and easy to use for any crew members. Coltraco Ultrasonics are proud to awards for Safety at Sea and Innovation for the products in the FLEETSAFE® range.
Fires onboard ships are not rare events. In fact, fire remains the 2nd principal reason for loss of ships at sea. When at sea, the crew are required to become fire fighters in a fire event, yet this is not their primary role onboard. Ships tend to use fixed CO2 fire suppression systems because it is effective, and CO2 is a cheap agent. Therefore, often fire safety is treated as a tick-box exercise.
The danger of CO2 loss is highlighted by Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics who has 30 years’ experience in the shipping and offshore industry: “We estimate that 20% of ships are sailing with a loss of CO2, due to high pressurisation leakage or accidental discharge. This inevitably means that the design concentration of the CO2 will be insufficient to control fire.”
If the gaseous extinguishing systems are partially empty, due to leakage or discharge, they will not be available in the event of a fire. This a risk that no shipping company can afford, both with the cost of life and cost of vessel loss.
The crew, cargo and vessel must be protected when at sea because it is it’s own fire brigade without accessibility to typical emergency services.
Investing in effective, integrated fire protection systems, and in training the crew to inspect these systems is worthwhile:
To ensure the CO2 system contains the correct amount of CO2 to deliver the design concentration that will be needed to extinguish the fire event if it occurs, ships need to test their CO2 systems for contents in-between the annual certification checks by marine servicing companies.
Due to the quicker and easier method of servicing a cylinder with this device, and results which can be easily repeated for reliability and accuracy, Portalevel® MAX Marine allows vessels to be in full compliance with the FSS code in-between the annual certification intervals because the crew will be happy to conduct contents checking themselves at sea.
Portalevel® MAX Marine ensures inadequately filled cylinders can be easily and safely detected, minimising risk to the crew, asset and vessel in the event of a fire, by ensuring the integrity of the fire suppression system
Decreasing the time to regularly and effectively test cylinder agent weights, will reduce the inconvenience and costly man hours required for testing. The reduction of man hours reduces the cost in the long term to a vessel operation, even compared to a low rate marine servicing company. As such, there is more time to perform more frequent checks without the dangers of physically weighing cylinders, such as accidental explosive discharge, strain related injuries to crew and the fire danger to a vessel during testing because the system is disarmed.
With the Portalevel® MAX MARINE, ultrasonic liquid level indicator, engineers can check the contents of CO2 safer, faster and cheaper. With the ability to test cylinders in situ and in just 30 seconds, the Portalevel® MAX saves time so more inspections can be carried out. Using the Portalevel® MAX MARINE saves labour costs and removes the risk of injuries, ensuring vessel safety in an affordable manner.
The Portalevel® MAX MARINE allows the crew to be in charge of checking the CO2 systems, as many times as needed: ensuring that the systems will be working when they are needed.
Bad industry practice is unacceptable when fire risk may have catastrophic results due to risk to life, downtime in operation due to ship safety and repair work and incalculable reputational damage. Shipping must continue in its mission to improve safety of life at sea, for the crew’s protection. It’s time to conduct your risk assessment and start maintaining your gaseous extinguishing systems. Choose the quickest, easiest and effective way to maintain your fire systems: The Portalevel® MAX Marine.
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