Any time there is a fire on board a vessel that is out to sea, it is a serious situation. When the fire involves the engine or is in the engine space, the situation becomes much more serious. Mechanically speaking, almost everything that is important to the vessel is located in the engine space.
The engine space is also called “the engine room” because obviously, the engine is located there. But far more systems are housed there than just the engine—hydraulic pumps, electrical generators, and fire pumps, just to name a few. The engine room is where pretty much everything needed to keep the vessel underway is located.
A crippling fire in the engine space can take out every one of these systems. This leaves the vessel in the dark, unable to maneuver, and lacking hydraulic power. With fire pumps often being electrically driven, it can also deprive the crew of the ability to extinguish the fire.
The most common location for fires onboard a vessel is the engine space. This is because it contains a super-charged version of all the elements of the fire triangle (fuel, heat, and oxygen). Fuel is present en masse. There is vessel fuel, lubricating oil, and hydraulic oil—all of which are combustible. Engines are a natural a heat source, as are boilers which may be located there. And, due to heat build-up in the space, ventilation systems keep a fresh supply of oxygen flowing.
When a fire occurs on a vessel, there is no fire department to call. The crew is responsible for fighting the fire. While crew members must receive fire training, their numbers are often limited and, quite frankly, they are mariners, not firefighters.
With so much at stake—lives of the crew and the vessel—having a system in place that can rapidly and effectively suppress a fire in the engine space is incredibly important. The Stat-X® total flooding aerosol system is an ideal and proven fire suppression application to protect marine engine spaces.
The compact units are easily installed in locations where, in the tight confines of the engine room, they are out of the way. The Stat-X system can be connected to a fire detection system for activation, or the units themselves can be specified to activate at a pre-set temperature.
The rapid response of the Stat-X system can quickly suppress engine space fires while they are still manageable, thereby reducing damage and keeping the engine turning. Additionally, the agent remains suspended for up to twenty minutes to prevent reflash. Discharge of a Stat-X unit does not damage equipment and requires minimal cleanup.