A marine fire extinguishing system protects your crew, passengers and boat

Bulbeck Fire on 24 February 2017

Boat fire suppression systems are your best defence against fire

The ocean can be unpredictable and so can fire. Marine fires are a leading cause of damage to boats and harm to boating enthusiasts and their passengers.

When boat fires happen at sea, help can regularly be miles away. While fires in marinas can cause damage to your boat and the boats of other mariners.

This is why it is essential that boats are equipped with an appropriate marine fire extinguishing system. Because your boat fire suppression systems are your best defence against on-water fires.

How boat fire suppression systems work

At Bulbeck Fire, we choose to supply Vehicle Misting Compact Line Systems (CLS) for non-commercial vessels.

These boat fire suppression systems are placed above and around your engine. In the event of ignition, the system covers the flames in a powerful extinguishing agent.

Your Marine Fire Extinguishing System will feature:

  • Dual chamber cylinder
  • Pneumatic detection tubing
  • Discharge tubing and nozzles
  • Environmentally friendly agents

The duel chamber which houses the extinguishing agent is mounted either horizontally or vertically below deck. While the detection tubing weaves around and above all critical risk areas.

The discharge network features nozzles, which can instantly and completely flood the zone with extinguishing agent, thereby suppressing the fire and preventing it from spreading.

Benefits of Bulbeck fire suppression systems

A marine fire extinguishing system from Bulbeck Fire provides a range of benefits over comparable systems from competitors. These benefits include speed of installation, earlier fire detection and faster suppression.

1.1 Quick and easy installation

The flexible sensor tubing, dual chamber cylinder and discharge nozzles can all be installed easily and quickly in your boat's engine compartment, close to where the fire is most likely to begin.

1.2 Early fire detection

Should a fire occur, the heat of the flames will immediately cause the pressurised sensor tube to burst at the hottest spot (approx 175°C) whereupon the extinguishing agent will be deployed.

1.3 Instant suppression

Sudden depressurisation of the tube sensor actuates the special pressure differential valve and instantly floods the entire engine compartment with either TS-55 or Berki Cold extinguishing agent. This quickly suppresses the fire just moments after it begins, minimising both damage to your boat and vehicle downtime.

1.4 Economical

Bulbeck boat fire suppression systems provide you with 24/7 protection. They keep your boat operational and minimise repair costs by preventing the need to replace expensive equipment that been damaged by fire. They also prevent injuries which reduces the chance of potentially costly injury claims.

What makes a marine fire extinguishing system from Bulbeck Fire different?

2.1 Compact and easy to install

Compact fire suppression systems are as the name states, compact. They can be installed easily and discretely in most boats, yachts and other marine vehicles.

2.2 No electrical supply needed for operation

The simple design of this type of marine fire extinguishing system means that no electrical supply is needed in order for the system to operate.

2.3 Automatic operation

In the event of an engine or mechanical fire, our boat fire suppression systems automatically detect and then suppress the fire; no manual input is required.

2.4 A complete solution

Our boat fire suppression systems are all inclusive. Everything you need is included in the one box. Unlike other suppliers, we do not require you to purchase expensive extras.

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Tested and certified to the highest standards

3.1 Systems tested to match SP Method 4912 standards

We supply FireDETEC boat fire suppression systems because FireDETEC is the only system that has been thoroughly tested and validated according to the robust SP norms for vehicle engine fire suppression.

As per SP Method 4912 guidelines, fire testing is conducted using a life-size replica of an engine compartment. The compartment and marine fire extinguisher system are both subjected to 5 different types of fire sources across 11 different fire test scenarios.

So you can rest assured, knowing that your system will perform despite varying:

  • Fire sources
  • Number of fires
  • Severity
  • Location
  • Grade of obstruction

The test apparatus also features a range of components and potential obstructions, which represent typical engine features and real-world blockages.

3.2 Component tests

Component tests are carried out in order to simulate the effect of everyday conditions on your marine fire extinguishing system. So we can be sure that your system will continue to perform year in, year out, despite temperature, corrosion, vibration, shocks and general wear and tear.

Component tests include:

Vibration and shock testing combined with temperature cycle: Tests are administered to meet ISO 16750-3, a standard for environmental testing of electric/electronic equipment for vehicles.

Corrosion resistance testing: The ISO 21207, Test Method B.3 uses accelerated corrosion testing to simulate 14 years of service in difficult conditions.

Enclosure of electrical/electronic equipment testing: The marine fire extinguishing system should at least fulfil IP65 degree of protection in accordance with IEC 60529:1989/A1:2009/COR3:2009.

"Boat fire suppression systems are your best defence against fire."

Find out more about Bulbeck Fire Suppression Systems

At Bulbeck Fire, we've been leading the market in fire suppression and prevention for over 60 years, and over that time we've built our reputation on reliable products and genuine partnerships.

For more information on boat fire suppression systems and the different types of marine fire extinguisher system, contact our expert team today.

Learn more on our fire suppression systems page or call 1800 530 401