SHIPBOARD FIRES: THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

Ships in recent years have included progressively more electrical and electronic equipment for power, control engineering, & communications systems, and there have been many cases where fires were caused by faults in electrical systems; or fires caused by other means have severely affected electrical systems. The Author, of Lloyd's Register of Shipping, gives some statistics of fires in ships in the last twenty years, and then discusses various aspects of ships' electrical installations from the point of view of fire safety. The headings in the article are: Statistics; Overload Protection; Delayed Protection; Cables; System design; Motors; and Cable routeing. Characteristics of cable insulation and sheathing materials, relevant to fire safety, are shown in tables. In his conclusions the Author states that cables in particular have proved to be very vulnerable to marine fires. New cable materials, with better behaviour in fires, are becoming avail- able, but at a price. The coming into force of the SOLAS 1974 amend- ments will greatly increase the number of 'fireproof' cable penetra- tions, and an international standard for cable penetrations would be helpful to designers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Mar. Eng. Rev., March 1983, p.6 (4 pp., 5 diags, 2 tab., 1 phot.)
  • Authors:
    • De Jong, W
  • Publication Date: 1983

Language

  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00684728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM