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Originally published:  01/05/2011
Martek Marine is launching a new range of portable gas detectors this month to help ship operators meet new requirements that will take effect under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) as from January 1, 2012.
Marine Quattro and Marine Extreme have been developed specifically to address concerns over the death and serious injury suffered by seafarers from oxygen depletion in tanks and void spaces, the company says. Incidents continue to claim the lives of mariners on all types of vessels, while flammable gases pose a threat of explosion, particularly on tankers and bulk carriers.
Under the new provisions, shipowners will be required to use both fixed and portable hydrocarbon gas detection systems on all new oil tankers of 20,000 dwt or more. The carriage requirements for portable instruments for measuring oxygen for tankers are included in the regulation, which will be applicable to all new and existing tankers. The launch of the new products, which will be on show at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Oslo next month, means that Martek can now provide both fixed and portable solutions for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
“Portable detectors are now as essential as their fixed counterparts and the common practice of sending units to shore for recalibration and receiving a replacement every six months is becoming less attractive as guidelines call for more regular testing and certain models of detector and training aids make onboard calibration simpler,” says Steve Coulson, Martek’s marine business development manager.