Survitec introduces “Head Start” to mitigate security risks

In this comprehensive lifelong supply and service initiative, Survitec works with shipowners, designers and shipbuilders from the earliest designs. The company said this not only ensures that vessels are protected with the most advanced security solutions possible, but also that they can be operated and maintained efficiently throughout the life of the vessel.

Safety design optimization

“By being involved from the planning stage, we can help optimize the design, installation and commissioning of the safety system, as well as ensure that shipowners benefit from the most cost-effective means of managing their security requirements. ongoing training, maintenance and system certification,” said Finn of Survitec. Lende-Harung, commercial director – fire solutions.

From the start of a project, owners have immediate access to Survitec’s global network of experts through a single point of contact.

“We provide a comprehensive, one-stop safety workshop from the design phase through to ongoing vessel operations…putting shipowners on the path to a life of safety at sea,” Lende-Harung said.

Alternative fuels and fire safety

This is especially important for fire safety, the original goal of Head Start. Rafal Kolodziejski, Survitec’s product development and support manager – fire systems, cited the growing number of new builds running on alternative fuels as one of the main reasons why the initiative is becoming so attractive.

“The industry is well advanced in technologies and extinguishing media for gas and methanol fueled fires. However, li-ion, ammonia and hydrogen batteries are relatively new marine fuel and power options, presenting very different challenges for shipowners and operators,” he said.

“The fire risk from these alternative fuels can be substantial, requiring greater attention to the prevention and monitoring of gas leaks and temperatures. When we are involved in a new construction project from the start, we can better mitigate any risk downstream with rapid response fire system solutions.

Remote monitoring and diagnostics

Lende-Harung added that as the shipping industry moves towards digital technologies and autonomous transportation possibilities, “remote monitoring, diagnostics and line maintenance will become a major consideration in the future. design stage”.

Accordingly, Survitec has invested heavily in the development of remote and graphical monitoring solutions designed to provide a digital version of a vessel’s safety plan with additional features such as real-time indication of the status of all fire protected areas on board. As a general rule, only hard copies are currently available.

Lende-Harung said Survitec’s fire system experts can monitor system conditions, help the ship’s crew troubleshoot problems and adjust equipment ashore without having to physically travel to the ship.

Remote VPN Gateway

‘A remote VPN gateway connects to the fire safety system control panel via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi through a secure gateway. We can connect at short notice in the event of issues threatening normal operation or to provide training to ship crews,” he said.

“For example, we can help a system operator tune their inert gas system to reduce fuel consumption, reduce maintenance and increase system stability. Remote diagnostics and monitoring of fire safety equipment will become a major element in the evolution towards autonomous navigation.