Is a Gaseous Fire Extinguishing System enough to protect your ship from the threat of fire?

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  • Through-life maintenance support
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Is a Gaseous Fire Extinguishing System enough to protect your ship from the threat of fire?

No! The reality is that installing fire-extinguishing system must be monitored once installed. Coltraco is one of the leading names in the world of ultrasonic monitoring and measuring equipment. It possesses a large number of devices for various industries on different scale. Coltraco Ultrasonic started with the range of Portalevel® – ultrasonic liquid level indicator, which has advanced and diversified now in accordance to the need of targeted industries.

Only Fire Protective Regulations cannot Guarantee Safety

The UK P&I Club have suggested that extended periods of time on board a ship without a fire incident can lead to complacency and therefore a failure of prioritizing prevention methods and fire incident practices.  It is impossible to prepare for all eventualities on a vessel, and it is often easier to influence the prompt detection of fires and their effective extinguishment. These factors therefore play a key role in minimising fire damage aboard vessels. Yet, one of the reasons why accidents are still happening and fire safety is still a major issue in the shipping industry is the lack of development in fire-fighting equipment available on board container ships. Though it may have not advanced to an appropriate extent but humans is not a perspective that can be overviewed, ever. No matter what, people are the first priority to be protected at utmost level.

Human should not be put at Risk

On an average, 400 million European passengers every year entrust themselves to the safety of the ship that they travel on. Factually, it is not a small number and any accidents on board are serious threats to the safety of those passengers. About 6% of fires on RO-RO passenger ships have resulted in loss of lives or serious injuries, every year. In December 2014, 11 people were killed and several were injured in a fire aboard the Norman Atlantic RO-RO passenger ship. Coltraco always recommend its relevant industries to make sure that chances are not taken when lives are at risk. Especially, when the vessel is at sea where zero% of land-based emergency services is available, hence the risk goes to another level.

Importance of Three Key Areas for Regular Inspection

The neglect of the basic routine testing and maintenance of three key areas substantially increases the risk of an onboard engine room fire:

  1. The cylinder agent content in the fire extinguishing installations, commonly CO2 & Marine CO2 Systems, FM-200®, Novec™1230, halons;
  2. The associated pipework;
  3. The room integrity of the protected space into which the suppressant agent discharges

Three Smart Safeship® Solutions

Here, we have enlisted solutions that you may like;

Measuring Liquid Levels:

Ultrasonic liquid level indicator is perfect to identify the agent liquid level in under 30 seconds with 1 competent user*

>Compared to 15 minutes by laboriously weighing with 2 personnel, qho must be qualified in fire safety inspections, which most crew are not

Complies with IMO SOLAS FSS Code which requires crew to have the means onboard to test the installation agent content

Hatch Cover and Watertight Integrity Tester

Ultrasonic hatch cover tester, watertight and airtight integrity indicator is produced to identify leak sites in compartments. To ensure that the protected space is able to withstand the pressure of the agent when it discharges and that the compartment will hold that agent for the design concentration required suppressing fire.

Efficient Inspection

All of these devices are manufactured to efficiently inspect and provide condition monitoring of following three:

Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge for Metal work,
Ultrasonic Flow Meter for Pipework and
coustic Emissions Bearing Indicator for rotating machinery

For further information and inquiries, contact Coltraco Customer Service


CEO Message

Integrity and Science Key to Our Culture of Performance

Dear Coltraco Customers, Strategic Partners and Distributors,

Integrity is our defining value. Performance is its consequence. We understand that our customers have choices, and how we perform determines whether customers choose us. Coltraco’s Code of Ethics does not merely require compliance with laws. It embodies a Commitment to positive behaviours that build trust, promote respect, operate with distinction, with courtesy and global levels of performance, demonstrating our integrity and delivering customer performance.

We honour our commitments, communicate transparently, and act with honour. Ethics are the foundation of our performance culture and our science-based approach. We lead in specific technologies delivering the watertight integrity monitoring of marine structures and the monitoring of fixed liquefied gaseous fire extinguishing systems and the room integrity of protected space to ensure agent hold-times post-installation. We show this by our understanding of the science in them and the mathematics that explain them.

I would like to thank you for your business and for the relationships with our Customers, Strategic Partners, Distributors and ODAs who we value so highly.

My kindest regards,

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS
CEO & Managing Director
Coltraco Ultrasonics Limited
46-47 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2SA
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 20 7629 8475
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References in PDF Format


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Reference Alpha Fire UK Portalevel MAX Sept 2012

Reference Portascanner-II CSD MOD Albion and Bulwark





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