Fire protection of port facilities and logistical terminals
Ensure the safety of port operations
Fires in port facilities can have devastating effects. Many areas are difficult to access and once a fire takes hold, it can be very difficult to contain. Port operations need to continue day and night and a fire can cause high costs as well as disruption to logistics chains, in addition to damaged equipment and unacceptable risks to workers.
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High risk in port facilities and logistical terminals
Port facilities and logistical terminals have several high risk zones where fires or dust explosions can occur.
Materials stored at the port constitute a potential fire hazard, particularly if the contents of containers is not known. Any containers known to be containing flammable substances such as alcohol or fuel need to be stored safely. Loose materials such as wood chips can self-combust under certain conditions and can cause flammable dust when handled. The constant movement of vehicles adds to the fire risk with hot parts on engine and exhaust systems, as well as potential leaks of fuel and oil.
Hydraulic oil – a fire hazard
90% of yard equipment fire is caused by hydraulic leakage, with pressurized hydraulic oil presenting a considerable fire hazard. If the system is damaged and oil is released, the resulting spray can reach as far as 10 metres away. The ignition temperature of hydraulic oil is 500 to 530 degrees, so in the presence of hot surfaces and ignition sources, this can cause a fire with considerable consequences.
The increasing use of electric vehicles with ion-lithium batteries in port operations adds yet another dimension, with the potential to cause a battery fire due to runaway chemical reaction.
In addition, mechanical failure and foreign objects in the material flow inside handling machinery can cause friction and elevated temperatures, leading to a fire.
High risk in port facilities and logistical terminals
Firefly offers a range of solutions for spark detection and quick suppression, protecting loading and unloading areas, conveyors, chutes, elevators, filters and silos.
The large quantities of bulk material being processed creates spillage and fine dust, which can easily spread and accumulate in different parts of the equipment. The root cause of a fire in this type of process can be, for instance, mechanical failures such as stalled rollers or bearing failure, or impurities in the material entering a mill.
Movement of materials containing hot particles poses particular challenges in port operations. These ignition sources can easily be transported through the duct systems and cause fires or explosions further down the process, for example in chutes, conveyors, silos or dust collection systems.
In the event of a fire, it can spread fast and have devastating consequences due to the difficulties in reaching the affected areas, which is often the case with conveyor belts and elevators high above ground.
Firefly provides a wide range of equipment for effective fire prevention and suppression i port areas, protecting open areas as well as material streams enclosed inside ducts and machinery.
The dusty atmosphere inside an elevator is ideal for a fire or a dust explosion. The properties of a bucket elevator also makes it more complicated to protect. A fire can start due to ignition sources being fed into the elevator, but ignition sources can also be generated inside the elevator itself.
The Firefly ElevatorGuard™-solution includes FM-approved, True- IR hot particle detectors and full cone water extinguishing nozzles at the inlet and outlet of the elevator. At the inlet, the Firefly system will minimize the risk of any dangerous ignition sources to enter the elevator. If the root cause is inside the elevator, the system at the outlet will give an early indication of a beginning problem inside the elevator and minimize the risk of ignition sources leaving the elevator to downstream process parts.
A fire in a belt conveyor is often hard to extinguish and can spread very quickly. In the worst case it can spread to surrounding material stacks and could last for weeks, causing major loss of revenue and production downtime.
The purpose of the Firefly ConveyorGuard™ solution is to automatically detect and suppress a fire at an early stage and to stop the conveyor belt as quickly as possible. The Firefly ConveyorGuard™ solution can be complemented with Firefly open area flame detectors and/or LTS cable.
Quick System Response Time
Minimum Water Usage
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Unique Fire Protection Solutions for the port industry
ULTRA QUICK SYSTEM RESPONSE TIME
The Quick Suppression System, which is part of our protection solution for shredders, operates with high performance flame detectors for extremely quick detection. The efficient water mist system has remarkable suppression capabilities which reduce damages on machinery.
The True IR Spark detectors enable Precision Detection of ALL types of ignition sources such as hot black particles, glowing embers and sparks. The detectors are insensitive to daylight. Systems are also equipped with Multi-Channel flame detectors, using advanced algorithms for Precision Detection of flames with high immunity to false positives.
EXCELLENT SUPPRESSION CAPABILITIES
The Water Mist System with fire-tested and verified extinguishing capabilities utilizes very small amounts of water resulting in less impact on machinery, minimized production loss and down time.
FULL-CONE WATER SPRAY EXTINGUISHING
Powerful extinguishing with a unique nozzle design and placement aimed to penetrate and cover the entire material flow. Activated within milliseconds after detection.
Keeping industry leaders safe
“The installation of the Firefly systems has brought safety to the operators.
Before, we had to be very observant and we knew that our reaction was crucial for the handling of incidents. Now we can rely on the Firefly Fire Protection System.”
NICOLAS AL HOUAYEK
“Firefly has been on our side since day one, we have worked with their team during the project definition to get the best ratio between risk management and CAPEX optimization. Firefly keeps our people safe while we concentrate on improving our performance standards in the alternative fuel industry.”
LEENDERT-JAN VAN DER HOUT
“With the Firefly System an early detection of hot particles leads to immediate extinguishing and prevents the build up of a fire. Since the system was installed, Cérélia has had numerous detections but no fires.”