Oil leakage hitting hot spots on engines is the most common cause of engine room fires on board ships. According to statistics, more than 60% of all engine room fires have been initiated by a hot spot. Most lubrication, hydraulic and fuel oil have an auto ignition point above 250deg C. If a liquid hits a surface hotter than its auto ignition temperature, the liquid may ignite spontaneously.
The relevant rule references can be found in the DNV rules for classification of ships Pt.4 ch1 Sec.3, A507 and SOLAS Ch.II-2, Reg.15.2.10 (implemented July 1998 – not included in SOLAS consolidated edition 1997). DNV surveyors should also apply IS I-B4.3 (2.7, 3.7 checklist) and IS I-C2.3 (2.3).
Thermal imaging technology has become one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for industrial applications. By detecting anomalies and hot spots that are usually invisible to the naked eye using thermal cameras, it enables operators to take corrective actions for avoiding costly system breakdowns or even worse, fire.
Adiabatix can carry out onsite survey – using thermal imaging technology – for identifying areas in the engine room (ship’s engines, exhaust manifolds & turbochargers) which constitute an immediate hazard for the ship and assisting the customers to spot the gaps in their existing insulation systems, as well as to undertake restoration actions based on Adiabatix’s findings & recommendations, in order meet the regulations like SOLAS and ATEX.
Adiabatix can fix and renew faulty insulation systems quickly and effectively by deploying worldwide a 2 man specialized insulation team onboard ship with all necessary tools and certified insulation materials. Insulation works results are verified by ADIABATIX’s technicians, with thermal imaging camera and final reporting.
Besides the final report on the insulation works results, client is also receiving from ADIABATIX the following documentation in electronic format:
- Mattresses Parts Manual – including drawings – for easy reordering of damaged mattresses.
- Instructions manual for the proper use of installed insulation mattresses.