Maersk, which has
suffered a number of fires across its fleet in recent years, including
the deadly blaze on the Maersk Honam in
2018 (pictured), has decided to install VIKING’s HydroPen firefighting system
across its entire fleet.
The HydroPen system is designed
for direct firefighting in stacked shipping containers. It is driven purely by
water pressure through an attached deck fire hose. When water pressure is
activated, a turbine drives the HydroPen drilling unit until it penetrates the
container door, whereupon the system sprays water into the container to
extinguish the fire directly at the source.
In the case of a fire at height in the
container stack, the HydroPen system can be deployed using a telescopic device.
Beyond water, the system is compatible with foam or CO2.
the cargo handling operatives association, calculated back in 2019 that of the
60m packed containers moved each year, 10% or 6m are declared as dangerous
goods. Information from published government inspections – which are invariably
biased towards declared dangerous goods loads – suggests that 20% of these are
poorly packed or incorrectly identified. This translates into 1.3m potentially unstable dangerous goods
containers travelling around the world each year.