Australia’s Antarctic flagship, the RSV Aurora Australis, carries out major research in the Southern Ocean and is responsible for supplying goods to Australia’s three Antarctic stations each year.
Whilst moored at Constitution Dock in Hobart late last year for various repairs and fitouts, Lloyds Register and the P&O Ships Superintendent also commissioned fire protection specialists Wormald to complete a retrofit of the fire suppression system on board the ice breaker.
The project involved Wormald’s Fire Equipment teams in Victoria and Tasmania replacing old cylinders and pipe work with 13 new SAPPHIRE cylinders filled with 1.7 tonnes of agent.
Placed in the engine room, the system is designed to suppress a fire within the machinery space without damaging equipment or leaving behind any residue. With no ozone depleting substances, SAPPHIRE also addresses P&O’s environmental requirements.
P&O Polar have chosen this system supports the fact that SAPPHIRE is an environmentally friendly product. P&O Polar wanted to introduce a solution, which would address environmental concerns and allow them to reduce the carbon footprint, said Shaun Deshommes, Ship Superintendent, P&O Polar.