Maersk to equip its entire fleet with firefighting system

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A.P. Moller – Maersk has decided to equip its entire fleet with HydroPen firefighting system, following supply agreement with Viking life-saving equipment.

The Danish container shipping company has opted for full-scale implementation of the HydroPen system, designed for direct firefighting in stacked containers onboard commercial vessels.

The contract represents the single largest HydroPen order for Viking life-saving equipment. The HydroPen is driven purely by water pressure through an attached deck fire hose. When water pressure is activated, a turbine will drive the HydroPen drilling unit until it penetrates the container door, whereupon the system will spray water into the container to extinguish the fire directly at the source.

In the case of a fire at height in the container stack, the HydroPen system can be deployed using a telescopic device. Beyond water, the system is compatible with foam or even CO2.

“From having been involved in the early development phases to fully implementing the HydroPen system, A.P. Moller – Maersk has once again shown its uncompromising commitment to go beyond industry standards to protect both its crews and its clients cargo and assets,” Viking’s senior country director, Anders Nørgaard Lauridsen said.  

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