The Loss Prevention team at the UK P&I Club has produced its latest ‘Inside Ship’ animated training video focusing on shielding of hot surfaces in the engine room.
The need for good insulation of hot surfaces is vital as many engine room fires originate from oil leakages spraying onto hot exhaust surfaces. Most vessels have well insulated exhaust systems when delivered, but during overhaul or maintenance of engine parts, insulation may be damaged exposing hot surfaces. Such hot spots can be at the base of an exhaust pipe support or the flanges between connecting parts.
The Club’s on board risk assessments often reveal exhaust systems are inadequately insulated. An engineer’s critical eye is necessary to ensure perfect insulation of pipes and other hot surfaces to make an engine room more fire-safe. The video is the third in the ‘Inside Ship’ series promoting risk awareness and management onboard. The videos are based on risk assessors’ real world experience carrying out risk assessments on board Member vessels.
Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director at UK P&I Club said: “The Inside Ship videos are part of the Club’s in-house risk assessment programme, focussed on threats that we know from experience cause claims. Our assessments clearly demonstrate how major hazards could occur on the vessel and suggestions on safeguards to prevent them. The need for appropriate insulation of hot surfaces is a key component for preventing fires within the engine room.”
The UK P&I Club operates a full-time, worldwide Loss Prevention team, servicing its Members and wider maritime industry through proactive and inclusive loss prevention support. The team provides technical and operational advice as well as participating in crew seminars and training days.