22.2 C
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Home News DNV GL and MSC promote better fire safety by design

DNV GL and MSC promote better fire safety by design

Classification society DNV GL launched its latest notation on fire safety awarded to the new MSC Gűlsűn class of ultra large container ships which have an array of new fire safety measures built into the design.

Features such as large capacity firefighting hoses situated high on the towers that can spray water for around 100m and can swivel to cover all parts of the ship have been added to the ship designs. In addition, the new vessels are capable of flooding individual holds to control fire out breaks. And later vessels are being tested with thermal imaging cameras that sense changes in temperature for early alerts to fire hazards.

A new breed of container ship that is designed to fight fires.

All these changes to the vessel design go beyond the requirements of current regulations.

The new notation for MSC Gűlsűn is FCS (c Hazid FF HF) which was officially announced at a DNV GL press conference in London on 18 February. In this notation HAZID alludes to hazard identification; (FD): enhanced fire detection which MSC Gűlsűn is not yet fitted with; FF stands for enhanced firefighting; HF firefighting by hold flooding.

“This is the first application of this notation, which we developed with MSC,” said DNV GL CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, who added that this notation “goes beyond SOLAS [Safety Of Life At Sea rules],” alluding to the fact that the design regulations have not kept pace with the industry.

Nick Savvides
Managing Editor

- Advertisment - LR Sustainability Decarbonisation Digital Adverts

Latest Posts

LNG-powered container ship enhances CMA CGM’s fleet

The largest LNG-powered container ship in the world, CMA CGM Jacques Saade has joined CMA CGM Group's fleet. The new flagship of the Marseille-based shipping...

Konecranes secures automation service contract in Indonesia

Konecranes has announced a key contract in the delivery of automated port equipment services with the Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) in Indonesia. The two...

Antwerp digitalises its container release processes

Port of Antwerp has introduced a new digital, secure and integrated solution for the release of containers, named "Certified Pick up" (CPu), which will...

Government-backed JV to restructure Antong Holdings

Quanzhou Municipal Government has formed a joint venture, with Chinese state-owned entities, China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH) and AVIC Trust, to restructure the financially...

Scandinavian port operator enters joins TradeLens

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), a joint port operator for the Danish and Swedish ports, has initiated a collaboration with TradeLens, a digital platform developed...