Ask any mariner, they will tell you that a fire onboard the vessel is one of their biggest fears. That fear is absolutely warranted. At sea, there is no fire department to summon, and in many instances, without proper protection, the fire event will have reached its own, conclusion before help can arrive.
A significant fire in one of the machinery spaces will cause serious damage that can easily disable the vessel. This leaves it and the crew completely vulnerable to the forces of nature which tends to be unkind when ships have no propulsion and cannot maneuver. With a serious fire, the complete loss of the vessel is a real possibility. But at a minimum, costly shipyard repairs will be required, and the vessel will be out of service for an extended period.
An operable fire suppression system is a major component of a United States Coast Guard (USCG) inspection which is required for U.S.-flagged vessels. Until recently, mariners were limited to a short list of approved fire suppression systems such as clean agents, CO2/inert gas, and water-based systems (such as sprinklers and water mist). Not having one of these systems in good working order would result in the vessel being issued a do-not-sail order upon a USCG inspection.
In December of 2022, the USCG approved pre-engineered thermal and manual operated Stat-X systems for use in U.S.-flagged vessels, providing mariners with another much-needed option for fire protection. Stat-X is now approved for spaces onboard that are not larger than 73m3/2568 ft3 and have a ceiling height less than 4.9m/16 ft. This is equivalent to a ~16’ x 16’ x 10’ (~5m x 5m x 3m) space, which translates into vessels of all types, with enclosed machinery spaces or hazard areas, between approximately 30’ (10m) and approximately 500’ (150m). It is important to note that these vessel lengths are simply a guide; the approval is based on volume of the space and not the length of the vessel.
Stat-X systems are a superior fire protection choice versus other options. First, it provides extremely quick-fire suppression and remains suspended in the space for several minutes providing reflash protection. Secondly, Stat-X provides regulatory certainty. Other gaseous based systems including HFC’s and fluorinated ketones (FK-5-1-12) face EPA mandated manufacturing and usage phasedowns or are being phased out of production completely by their manufacturers. Most of this is due to the environmental profile or safety concerns related to these agents. Stat-X is environmentally sustainable, and safe for use in occupied spaces.
In comparison to water-based or gaseous systems, Stat-X requires none of the significant infrastructure requirements such as piping, pumps, and agent storage. Additionally, a Stat-X pre-engineered system requires only minimum maintenance compared to the extensive testing and service requirements other USCG-approved options require. Stat-X units install in out-of-the-way locations, are easy to retrofit, and have a 15-year service life. It is the only option that is literally plug and play.
With Stat-X, you have regulatory certainty. You will not be faced with costly system replacement in the future. You can also rest easy knowing that your vessel and crew are protected by safe, effective, and environmentally friendly fire protection.
Most vessel and offshore fires start in engine or machinery spaces, electrical controls, or paint and chemical stores. Such locations are typically small compartments with many obstructions making firefighting difficult.
Stat-X is a global leader in fire suppression technology and an ideal solution for remote marine applications, including:
– Offshore Service Vessels
– Tour Boats & Ferries
– Law Enforcement
– Yachts and other Recreational Boats
That’s why more owners and operators protect marine assets with advanced fire suppression systems. Today, expert naval architects specify fire protection that is effective but also meets requirements for space and weight, quality and cost, and low maintenance.
These qualities are all found in Stat-X® fire suppression systems. It’s why Stat-X is the best solution for the demanding marine environment.
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You can see the Stat-X fire suppression system listed on the USCG approved equipment list here.