The estimated cost of a fire on board a ferry is 134,000 EUR per minute. In order to ensure fire protection and water-tightness, before and after a fire, ferry operator Scandlines in Denmark replaced all other kinds of pipe seals on the recently built hybrid ferries M/V BERLIN and M/V COPENHAGEN with Roxtec transits.
Swedish Roxtec Group is a provider of modular-based cable and pipe seals. The company’s invention for adaptability to cables and pipes of different sizes, Multidiameter™, is based on sealing modules with removable rubber layers and allows for a perfect sealing, regardless of the outside dimension of the cable or pipe.
“We chose Roxtec as overall supplier of cable and pipe seals because we had so many different pipe penetrations and retrofits to handle. The bulkheads must withstand 2.5 bar water pressure, and with the Roxtec-System we covered all our needs for quality and flexibility,” says Joachim Lund, Dualofficer at Scandlines. ”We optimise safety by selecting Roxtec as suppler of all transits.”
As Roxtec provided full documentation on sealing and insulation requirements and supplied drawings including all needed types of approvals, Scandlines felt very confident in their choice.
The ferry operator also uses Roxtec seals instead of traditional cable glands in the cabinets in the engine room. The shipping company wants to increase quality in general, and specifically for the fire-fighting system.
”Safety is extremely important for passenger lines. We invest to be sure that all cable and pipe transits are in order and that we meet all safety regulations,” says Fini A. Hansen, Coordinating Superintendent at Scandlines.
Scandlines will continue to use Roxtec transits all over their ferries. Roxtec seals are fire rated to marine standards (A60).