Survival Technology solutions provider Survitec has won a contract to supply advanced fire-fighting systems to a pair of 48,000grt LNG dual-fuelled eco ferries under construction at Finland’s Rauma Marine Constructions  (RMC) for Australian shipowner Spirit of Tasmania.

“This is a major order from a returning customer,” said Michal Peruga,  General Manager, Survitec, Poland. “This contract win demonstrates our  ability to go beyond simple equipment supply to being able to provide a  complete bespoke fire safety solution for all areas of the ship, from  bow to stern.”

Survitec’s scope of supply includes Novenco Fire Fighting (NFF)  XFlow Water Mist systems for machinery spaces and accommodation areas;  an NFF XFlow Deluge system for car decks; a dry powder fire suppression system for the ships’ LNG bunkering stations; a deep fat fryer fire extinguishing system and a CO2 system for the vessels’ galley ducts.

Peruga said: “Our NFF XFlow technology uses a combination of fine water droplets and water mist. Consequently, the system can be activated immediately,  without the need to evacuate first, which reduces the risk of damage to  machinery and other critical installations. It makes the system more efficient for certain types of fires compared to high-pressure water mist systems, even though both systems have to pass the same test.”

Finn Lende-Harung, Commercial Director of Fire Solutions at Survitec, said:  “Dual fuel systems and alternative fuels are setting new standards for fire safety in the industry. Shipowners and builders are looking for suppliers capable of providing technical support to high-value projects throughout the entire life span of a vessel. We work hard not only to  keep on top of the latest changes in legislation but also to offer  through-life benefits that help with the total cost of ownership – from  the design and construction phase through to operation and servicing.”

“Having successfully designed, installed and commissioned the advanced fire-fighting systems aboard Yara Birkeland, the world’s first fully electric, autonomous containership, Survitec is fast becoming the eco ship builder’s go-to fire systems choice supplier,” the company said.

“The success of that project marked an important milestone for Survitec,  placing us at the forefront in the development of fire safety technology for the next generation of environmentally sustainable ships,”  continued Lende-Harung.

When delivered in 2023 and 2024, Spirit of Tasmania’s new 212m long ropaxes will each have the capacity to ferry 1800 passengers across the Bass Strait, on the company’s Geelong to Devonport, route which connects the island state of Tasmania with mainland Australia.

The new vessels will replace the Spirit of Tasmania I and II, both built in Finland in 1998.

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