New System Detects Heat on Board Before Smoke or Fire

Early detection of fire is key to preventing loss of life, ship and extensive cargo damage. JRC/Alphatron Marine’s AlphaHeatDetectionSystem has been developed to detect heat even before smoke or fire are seen.

Between 2005 and 2016 alone, 35 fires were detected and registered on RoRo ships. In all identified cases, the fire was caused by a vehicle or cargo. The AlphaHeatDetectionSystem can identify and prevent hazardous situations for all types of RoPax vessels.

Thermal Network Bullet Camera

The system uses a thermal network bullet camera to detect building heat before heat source ignites, even when partly covered or in heavy rain. The system also offers remote monitoring through satellite connection.

On Board Testing

The AlphaHeatDetectionSystem was extensively tested with different fire scenarios to challenge the system, taking into account the effects of ventilation, weather and other relevant factors. The test carried out on the Stena Scandinavica and witnessed by Class Society Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore and RISE Fire Research AS, was concluded with positive results, reflecting the system is able to more rapidly detect heat sources compared to common smoke detectors.

Sister ship Stena Transit is now also equipped with the AlphaHeatDetectionSystem on the weather deck.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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