In most instances, mariners are trained and equipped for shipboard firefighting. However, they are sailors, not firefighters, and cannot reasonably be expected to handle a complex marine fire that has extended into multiple spaces. This is why having installed fire suppression systems onboard is especially crucial. A quick and effective response to any fire, but especially one in the engine room, is vital to preventing a fire from becoming a catastrophe.
Marine safety equipment such as lifeboats and firefighting equipment falls under the purview of the country or region where the vessel is registered. This means the requirements can vary widely from country to country, and compliance can be a challenge. Aside from determining the applicable requirements, selecting the best type of fire suppression system from the options allowed by the authority having jurisdiction can also be complicated.
The choice of fire protection system can have implications beyond whether it is effective for suppressing fire or not. Gaseous systems, known as clean agents, are facing regulatory challenges based on both environmental characteristics, and potential safety in manufacturing and use. Availability and pricing for these systems is already being negatively impacted for vessel owners and operators.
While water is benign as a firefighting agent, water-based systems can be damaging to goods and equipment and can add destabilizing amounts of weight to the vessel if water is discharged in significant quantities. And all of these systems require considerable infrastructure (piping or pumps) and carry with them sizable testing and maintenance requirements which are mandatory in most jurisdictions.
With Stat-X fire suppression systems, there is no complicated maintenance or difficult installations. Stat-X is a highly effective system that totally floods the space, knocking down fire and remaining suspended for several minutes to provide reflash protection. Just as important, it is safe to be installed in normally occupied spaces and has no environmental impact. Additionally, Stat-X installations are unobtrusive, maintenance is minimal, and units have a UL listed service life of 15 years.
Stat-X was recently approved by the United States Coast Guard, and also possesses several other international maritime approvals. Find out if Stat-X is approved in the region where your vessel is registered.
Stat-X is a global leader in fire suppression technology and an ideal solution for remote marine applications, including:
As you can see in our listing and approvals, Stat-X is a valid option for a large swathe of the marine community and in multiple configurations. This flexibility allows vessel owners and operators to customize a Stat-X solution to fit almost every marine fire protection scenario.
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