Finally, there’s a faster, safer and more efficient way to directly fight costly container fires at heights on container vessels
A container fire can put your crew, cargo and your business at serious risk – and they are notoriously difficult to fight. And things get more complicated when the burning container is high up in the vessel’s container stack.
Fighting such fires presents significant danger not just to firefighting crew, but also causes damage to surrounding containers from fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire. At worst, the fire may spread far beyond the immediate area to the vessel itself.
Traditionally, container fires have been fought by dowsing the burning container and its surroundings with water – an inefficient approach that typically causes as much or more damage to cargo than the fire itself.
But this method is far less applicable and effective when the initiating container is on the third row in a large stack, surrounded by containers on five sides, for example. Approaching the container is risky, and there may be little way of knowing whether the fire is, in fact, safely extinguished – or whether it is smoldering inside where the water has not been able to reach.
Dealing with fires in such a haphazard, indirect way risks the safety of crew, too, who face considerable danger when fighting container fires with the equipment currently required by law.
Introducing the new, automatic HydroPen system
The HydroPen system is a new innovative ground-breaking technology that enables crew to effectively and efficiently fight container fires at heights. Powered solely by water pressure from the fire main and weighing only 9 kg, the HydroPen system is an intelligently designed, water-based drilling machine that is able to drill through a standard steel container door, then automatically switch modes to spray water profusely inside the container. All the crew need to do is to hoist the HydroPen drilling/spraying unit up to the burning container’s doors, then stand back while the HydroPen does the rest.
Safe and simple steps
The HydroPen system comprises two key components: a telescopic lift used to raise the drilling/spraying unit to the right height in the stack, and the drilling/spraying unit itself. The steps involved are largely automatic and really quite simple: