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Improving Cargo Ship Fire Prevention with Linear Temperature Monitoring Systems

Shipping goods across the seas has long been the preferred method of transportation for the global trade industry. However, in recent years, the occurrence of onboard fires has raised significant concerns. While some progress has been made in the past decade, there is still much work to be done to ensure preventive safety measures are in place.

A single uncontrolled fire on a cargo ship can pose a grave risk to assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars. To illustrate this, consider the transportation of cars as a substantial part of these ships’ services. While the exact cause of fires is still undetermined, several theories have emerged. One theory suggests that fires in car-carrying freighters may result from the interaction between seawater and the electrical components of vehicles on board. Some argue that electric vehicles (EVs) are responsible for the majority of these fires, while others point to conventional combustion engines.

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According to this theory, during rough weather conditions, seawater reacts with the battery components when it enters the cargo holds. This reaction can cause a short circuit in the car battery when water spreads under the hood.

To address these concerns, companies are exploring various preventive measures and systems. By improving the assessment of cargo loading and monitoring at sea, companies hope to effectively mitigate fire accidents.

One promising solution is the installation of linear heat detection systems on cargo ships. These systems facilitate temperature monitoring and provide early detection of potential fire hotspots. By monitoring real-time temperature data and detecting any abnormal temperature increase, these sensors can alert safety personnel promptly.

By deploying linear heat detection systems on the ship’s main cargo deck, fire disasters can be detected even before they start. Electric vehicles and their lithium-based batteries have an ignition temperature of 500℃, making it possible to set multiple temperature alarm thresholds. Safety crews can receive notifications as soon as temperatures deviate from normal, allowing them to take timely action.

These sensors offer not only preventive measures but also high durability and resistance to extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. They can monitor temperatures accurately from -40℃ to 800℃. In the unfortunate event of a fire, these sensors continue to transmit real-time data to assist firefighting and safety crews in monitoring the situation closely.

Ensuring the safety of lives is of paramount importance. Deploying sensors that can provide critical information in the event of a fire is an essential step towards improving industrial safety measures.

Linear heat detection systems also offer simplicity in installation and maintenance, making them suitable for shipping more hazardous materials, such as fuel or other dangerous substances. Additionally, these systems are considered intrinsically safe, providing an invaluable process for protecting the ship’s crew and valuable assets on board.

To learn more about linear heat detection or heat detection sensors in general, visit our applications page for detailed information. Alternatively, you can contact our friendly team members for further assistance.