Fike Business Development Director Rick Jeffress was recently interviewed by the Swedish Club, a maritime insurance company, to discuss Fike Video Analytics’ effectiveness in preventing fires in ship engine rooms and on vehicle decks.
Excerpt from the Swedish Club’s latest online magazine:
Lube oil or fuel oil mist spraying on to hot surfaces and then igniting – it’s one of the main causes of engine room fires, and the costs can be enormous.
The Swedish Club’s analysis has shown that the frequency of engine room fires may be lower than other H&M claims, but the average cost of such fires is among the highest. According to recent analysis, the cost of an engine room fire averages out at US$1.8 million per occurrence, compared with $320,000 for H&M claims in general.
And who can forget the headlines seven years ago when the Carnival Triumph lost power because of an engine room fire caused by a leak in a fuel oil line, leaving the ship and thousands of passengers drifting in the Gulf of Mexico for five days?
Classification societies and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are responding to the issues. Last year DNV GL added a new class notation to its Rules on Equipment and Design Features – Fire Prevention in Machinery Spaces.
Click the following to read the full article (pages 18-21).