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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has announced the signing of a fleetwide contract with an unnamed major global container shipping operator to integrate the HydroPen System for container firefighting.

As well as the system developed by Rosenby Engineering and distributed by Viking, the scope of supply includes MED approved mobile water monitors, providing a further boost to the operators’ onboard fire safety setup.

With the deal, the operators fleet becomes the first to adopt the HydroPen system, which enables crew to safely and efficiently tackle container fires at heights. Typically, when container fires are at heights above the reach of the crew, they are fought indirectly by dowsing the burning container and its surroundings with water. This conventional method is ineffective, dangerous, and can destroy precious cargo. The intelligently designed HydroPen system uses pressurised water to drill through container doors, before automatically switching to fire extinguishing mode - putting out the fire directly at its source.

Prior to full fleet integration, the customer thoroughly tested the HydroPen System, finding it to be simple, efficient and flexible to use for both elevated containers and containers in cargo holds using the HydroLock accessory. It requires one person to use the system, which frees up personnel for other important tasks during an emergency.

Lasse Boesen, Global Manager Trade, Viking, said: “This reflects a lot of the positive feedback Viking has gained after performing tests with some of the world’s largest container ship owners.”

Training to use the HydroPen is minimal. Crew only need to hoist the HydroPen drilling unit to the doors of the burning container using the telescopic lift supplied with the system. The drilling and extinguishing process is then carried out automatically and with minimum risk to the crew. The system is able to spray water, foam and CO2 into containers - depending on the fire type. The system functions using the ship’s existing fire hoses and water pressure.

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