Tag Archives: Marine safety equipment

Fire Safety – So what’s the difference between one portable fire extinguisher and another? The answer might surprise you.

crw1216_hos4_monthly002_copyWhen I (Steve D’Antonio) recently asked a boatbuilder what type of portable fire extinguisher he installed aboard his boats, the response took me aback. “Does it really matter?” he asked. “Aren’t they all pretty much the same?” Given the alphabet soup by which fires and extinguishers are defined and designated (see “U.S. Fire Classifications”), his answer could be forgiven. However, there are significant differences between such designations. The U.S. Coast Guard requirements for fire extinguishers are, in my opinion, woefully inadequate and should be considered strictly an absolute minimum. A 65-foot vessel is compliant with just one portable B-II and one fixed fire extinguisher (again, I don’t recommend following this guideline). My preference is for a portable ABC unit to be installed in every cabin, along with one clean-agent extinguisher mounted amidships, typically close to the engine and electrical panel. And no fire extinguisher should be more than three steps away. Read the story here 11:22

White Glacier’s Arctic 25 – Live Cold Water Immersion Demonstrations at Fish Canada Workboat Canada

White Glacier, the industry leader in protective immersion suits, presents the Arctic 25 hypothermia protective suit to the Canadian commercial marine industry at the Fish Canada Workboat Canada tradeshow, January 22-23 at the Moncton Coliseum Complex in Saint John, New Brunswick. The team displays a 1,000-gallon ice water tank exhibition that grabs attention. For 10 hours each day without exiting the water, a subject will be immersed in the ice tank wearing White Glacier’s Arctic 25 — an operation that exceeds the current standards set by The International Maritime Organization (IMO). Read the article here 16:01

VIKING’s Helpline for New US Coast Guard Coastal Safety Rules

Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S says it’s worried that commercial vessels operating in North American coastal waters and waterways simply won’t be able to sail when new USCG safety regulations come into force on 26 February 2016. The company has released evacuation equipment packages that ensure vessel operators can reliably comply with the new regulations and it has set up a dedicated toll free 1-855 helpline number to assist them, but VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle, says there are still operators who haven’t realized that the time to act is now. ACT NOW! Read the rest here 18:30