Fire Prevention at SMM

31 Aug 2004

Norwegian Maritime Equipment has for some time provided portable and fixed fire fighting units for external fire on vessels and offshore installations. Recently, however, it introduced its own brand, the Nor-FiFi. Visitors to Norwegian Maritime Equipment?s booth SMM will be able to find out more about the units, which can be used on deck of offshore support vessels, tugs, harbour vessels, barges or other facilities in connection with the sea.

FiFi in demand
Most of the company?s present business involves offshore vessels and tugs needing FiFi equipment as required by Charterer. Many of these vessels are without any fixed installation and these units, first introduced earlier this year, offer an ideal solution. The units can be delivered as standard with capacity according to FiFi I class or as more tailor-made solutions up to FiFi II and III.
Also included in this product range are small fire pumps from 25m3/h up to capacity 3600m3/h.
Exhibiting for the second time at SMM in Hamburg will be UK-based Unifrax. Featured on the company?s stand will be its extensive range of Insulfrax blanket products which are used in various MED Type Approved marine passive fire protection systems. Included in the range is the aluminium foil-faced Insulfrax SF and SFR blankets, as well as the glass cloth-faced Insulfrax SG blanket.
These products are used widely in marine and offshore fire protection applications and have been extensively utilised on prestigious recent projects such as the Jewel of the Seas cruise liner and the Pont-Aven ropax ferry. The range of fire blankets is said to provide significant savings in weight, installation speed and installed cost.
Additionally, Unifrax will be launching the new Insulfrax blanket-based B15 Fire Curtain System. This is able to provide significant weight savings ? up to 5.6 kg/m ? compared with conventional mineral wool systems. As visitors to the Unifrax stand will see, the system is highly flexible and easily accommodates penetrations and alterations.
Also at SMM will be the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DIFT), which has a modern fire laboratory with qualified staff serving customers from all over the world. The laboratory is equipped to carry out fire tests according to all common European and international standards. More than 1,000 fire tests are carried out in the laboratory each year.
DIFT is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited and a notified body according to the European Marine Equipment Directive (MED). It is also a member of EGOLF - The European Group of Official Laboratories for Fire Testing. DIFT test reports are accepted by the leading classification societies, including Lloyds Register, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd.
The DIFT laboratory is able to test such items for even the largest cruise ships. There is also a unique facility for carrying out tests of total flooding extinguishing systems. As the first maritime fire laboratory outside Japan, DIFT has recently been recognised by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Maritime Bureau, Japan. This enables European manufacturers of marine equipment to test products for the Japanese market. DIFT is also recognised by the US Coast Guard and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. n

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