Island Offshore and GC Reiber choose Wilhelmsen fire fighting system

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WTS-VardWilhelmsen Technical Solutions has been awarded contracts to supply its patented Unitor XFlow low pressure water mist fire fighting systems on newbuildings under construction for two well-known Norwegian ship owners.

Ulsteinvik-based Island Offshore has specified Unitor XFlow for two vessels under construction by Vard at its Brevik facility. The scope of the contract includes supply of a total flooding water mist system for the ship’s engine room and a local protection water mist system. The vessels which are being built to a Rolls-Royce design will be delivered to Island Offshore in 2014 and Q1 2015.

Bergen-based GC Reiber will install the XFlow system on a seismic research vessel under construction at Myklebust Verft for delivery in 2015. Built to a Skipsteknisk design, the vessel will also feature a total flooding water mist system for the engine room and a local protection water mist system.

Andreas Dåsvatn, Sales Manager – Nordic, for Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions, said both owners wanted safe, modern technology, and recognised the quality of the Unitor XFlow solution as well as the company’s strong references and network of international offices.

“Both Island Offshore and GC Reiber are recognised globally as operators of advanced offshore fleets with a high degree of operational functionality. In Vard and Myklebust Verft they have partners with long experience in building sophisticated vessels to high quality standards. In specifying the Unitor XFlow water mist fire fighting solution they are taking advantage of new, low pressure technology that delivers a very effective and reliable solution with low power demand and reduced risk of clogging at a very competitive price.”

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has offered the Unitor XFlow low pressure water mist system since 2012. Designed to integrate local and full fire protection in a single system, the system covers affected areas with a penetrating mist that extinguishes the fire quickly and takes advantage of a compact design with low water consumption and low power demand.

The system is performance-based, meaning that its operation is verified at an independent test facility to an IMO performance standard. In addition to machinery spaces, water mist fire-fighting systems can be specified for galley ducts, accommodation on merchant ships and balcony areas in the cruise and leisure yacht markets.

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has secured four further contracts for the Unitor XFlow water mist system in recent months, for two newbuildings at Norwegian yards and two retrofits, one to be completed in Norway, the other at a Finnish shipyard.

Image: Andreas Dåsvatn, Sales Manager, Nordic, Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (left) and Stig Martens, Vard Brevik, shake on the deal to specify Unitor XFlow low pressure water mist fire fighting systems for two vessels under construction for Island Offshore.

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