Fires can be devastating no matter where they break out. Fires on cruise ships and other ocean-going vessels are particularly dangerous because there’s nowhere to evacuate passengers but into the open water. To save lives and protect the integrity of your ship, you must make fire protection services a top priority for your business.
United Fire Protection offers fire suppression services for cruise ships and vessels based in Florida. We can help keep your passengers and staff safe by serving as your dedicated fire protection company.
To learn more about fire suppression systems for cruise ships, please call United Fire Protection at (407) 218-8348 today.
Fire Safety Risks for Cruise Ships & Vessels
Pleasure boats contain numerous fire hazards that aren’t found in typical residences. These include fuel, engines, generators, AC and DC electrical systems, and propane or oil used for cooking. Add to these hazards the presence of salt water and other sources of corrosion, and you have a recipe for a devastating fire.
All ocean-going vessels are at risk of fire, from massive cruise ships to small tugboats. Fires often start in the engine room (or engine compartment in the case of small vessels), control room, pump room, and other spaces that house machinery. Fires are especially dangerous when the ship is carrying flammable cargo, such as oil and gasoline.
Here are a few examples of fire-starting incidents that can occur on vessels:
- Petrol may leak from a fuel pump onto a hot exhaust pipe, which ignites on this hot surface.
- A short circuit at a switch box in the engine compartment may send sparks flying and start a fire.
- Petrol vapors from a leaking fuel line may explode in the engine compartment when the motor starts.
Types of Fire Suppression Systems Used on Cruise Ships & Vessels
The most commonly used fire suppression systems at sea include:
- Halon 1301 and Halon 1211 – Halogenated hydrocarbons were introduced in the 1960s as an effective fire suppression agent with low toxicity, low chemical reactivity, non-conductivity, and long-term stability. However, Halon production was halted in the 1990s due to concerns over its environmental impact. Today, you must carry a Halon Special Permit to use this in your fire suppression system.
- FM-200 – This halocarbon gaseous fire suppression system extinguishes fires primarily by physical means, with secondary chemical processes as well. It offers the desirable properties of Halon while having virtually no environmental impact.
- 3M Novec 1230 – Another halocarbon fire suppression agent and Halon alternative, Novec 1230 has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents.
- NAF S-III – This Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) blend is appropriate for small vessels.
- Inert gases – Nitrogen, argon, and other gaseous mixtures extinguish fires by reducing oxygen.
- Carbon dioxide – CO2 fire extinguishing systems have been used aboard vessels since the 1930s. However, this agent presents a risk of asphyxiation, so it should be reserved for machinery-space protection where passengers and crewmembers aren’t present.
Tips for Safe Fire Suppression Systems Operation on Boats
For your fire suppression system to operate as intended, make sure you:
- Choose a qualified, licensed technician to install the fire suppression system.
- Schedule ongoing inspections and maintenance to ensure the fire suppression system remains in good working order.
- Retain a logbook of all maintenance activity, including the company and the name of the technician who services your system.
Fire Suppression for Cruise Ships & Vessels in Florida
If you would like more information about protecting your passenger ship or ocean-going vessel with a safe, eco-friendly fire suppression system, please contact United Fire Protection. Our experience serving customers in Florida dates back to 1994.
Our Fire Suppression Service Area
We service the following areas around Central Florida: Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Lakeland, Longwood, Maitland, Orange City, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, St. Cloud, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Winter Park, Winter Springs, and the surrounding areas.