Friday, November 27, 2015

MOL introduces thermal imaging to enhance coal shipment safety

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced it is adopting the FLIR C2 thermal imaging system by FLIR Systems Japan K.K. on MOL Group-operated coal carriers. The system, which relies on infrared rays, helps prevent spontaneous combustion of coal in the cargo hold, enhancing the MOL group's safe operation system.

Coal loaded in the hold can oxidize, generating heat during transport and cargo operations. This can result in fires in the cargo hold or at unloading stockyards. The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code stipulates various measures for

ocean transport of coal — for example, coal may not be loaded if it is warmer than a specified temperature before loading, and the cargo hold temperature and gas atmosphere must be monitored periodically to detect dangerous conditions.

The cameras allow the crew to quickly pinpoint and visualize high temperatures and combustion spots using infrared rays, not only in the cargo hold but also in other areas of the vessel, allowing remote monitoring of the engine room. The system is meant to help prevent onboard fires and burn injuries.

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