Viking wins first order for HydroPen container firefighting system

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

18 July 2019


An unnamed container ship operator has placed a reference first order with Viking Life-Saving Equipment for fleet-wide installation of the HydroPen System for container firefighting. Viking became the exclusive distributors of the system developed by fellow Danish organisation Rosenby Engineering in August last year. Beyond the revolutionary system the scope of supply also includes MED approved mobile water monitors, providing a further boost to the operators’ onboard fire safety setup.

With the deal, the operators fleet becomes the first to enjoy all the benefits of the technologically forward HydroPen System, which enables crew to safely and efficiently tackle costly container fires at heights.

Typically, when container fires are at heights above the reach of the crew, they are fought indirectly by dowsing the burning container and its surroundings with water. This conventional method is ineffective, dangerous, and can destroy precious cargo. The intelligently designed HydroPen System, however, uses pressurised water to drill through container doors, before automatically switching to fire extinguishing mode - putting out the fire directly at its source.

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Prior to full fleet integration, the customer has tested the HydroPen System thoroughly and was pleased with the results: The system was found to be simple, efficient and flexible to use for both elevated containers and containers in cargo holds using the HydroLock accessory. It only requires one person to use the system, which frees up other personnel for other important tasks during an emergency.

Lasse Boesen, Global Manager Trade at Viking expected such an assessment, “This reflects a lot of the positive feedback Viking has gained after performing tests with some of the world’s largest container ship owners.”

Training to use the HydroPen is minimal. Crew only need to hoist the HydroPen drilling unit to the doors of the burning container using the telescopic lift supplied with the system. The drilling and extinguishing process is then carried out automatically and with minimum risk to the crew. The system is able to spray water, foam and CO2 into containers - depending on the fire type and only requires a ship’s existing fire hoses and water pressure to function.