Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Light Weight Fire Insulation for Cargo Ships and other Freight and Passenger Vessel Types

Thermal Ceramic Product Lighter Than Mineral Fibre
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The latest product from Morgan Thermal Ceramics has been approved for use in a wide range of vessel types where structural divisions are a prerequisite including freight ferries, naval vessels, tugs, barges, cargo and even cruise ships. The FireMaster® Marine Plus Blanket is certified to all International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and is a lightweight fire insulation that provides weight savings of up to 30% compared to traditional mineral fibre fire insulation products.

Morgan’s claim the new product’s weight savings make it ideal for achieving improved fuel efficiency, faster speeds, or increasing available cargo capacity whilst it is also an excellent acoustic and thermal insulator. The company says it has been engineered to meet the most stringent of performance requirements in a variety of aluminium, steel and composite bulkhead and deck structures providing both cellulosic and hydrocarbon fire protection.

In addition to being lighter than traditional mineral wool insulation, the blanket is easier to install as it is available in rolls rather than sheets, which means it can be installed in larger areas without the need to make joints. When installed in conjunction with stiffeners, the flexible material can be profile-wrapped, improving performance and reducing installation costs.

Certified systems include Class A steel and aluminium bulkheads and decks, high speed craft constructions built from 2mm aluminium plate, and 30 and 60 minute-rated composite sandwich panel bulkheads and decks. The product has also received both Det Norske Veritas (DNV) ‘Type Approvals’ and European Union Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC approvals for use in a variety of ship types.