Coltraco’s ATEX Approved Portalevel® MAX Intrinsically Safe

Coltraco’s ATEX Approved Portalevel® MAX Intrinsically Safe

Addressing fire at sea is critical, especially when all owners and managers are seeking to reduce risk, cut costs and surge on safety. The safety of tankers are integral for the continuation of their business success. Catastrophic risks to human life, vessel, reputation and revenue all result from a fire event onboard. To cater for customers who need to inspect fire systems in the dangerous environments that tankers present we have developed the ATEX Approved Portalevel® MAX specified to Zone 1 environments.

This device was created after requests from Shell and similar Tanker Operators to supply a solution to ensure their fire safety when carrying dangerous cargo. The International Maritime Risk Rating Agency (IMRRA) has ranked fire safety as the leading tanker deficiency seen by Port State Control for the first six months of the year. In March 2017 there were 152 cases of fire reported. The IMMRA placed 12.5% of tankers it assessed in January 2017 into the higher risk category – a six month high.

Serious cases of tanker fires and risks have been reported in the past year. In September 2016 a Pemex oil tanker had a serious fire in the Gulf of Mexico, on which it was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel, 71,000 of gasoline and 16,000 barrels of desulfurized gasoline. In March 2017 there was an explosion on a Chinese Tanker, in which 3 crew members went missing and serious damage to the vessel was caused. Even as recently as July fire safety is still being neglected, with the crew of the tanker MT IBA reporting empty fire extinguishers (despite transporting crude oil) and leaking life boat’s hydraulic system with no means of testing.

Designed for explosive atmospheres on tankers, the ultrasonic liquid level indicator offers fast operation – a cylinder can be serviced in under a minute, with accuracy of up to 1.5mm off the true liquid level, all housed in a portable and rugged unit, which has a 10 hour battery life.

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