Improved ship fire protection on the way
Non-combustible panelling that can withstand temperatures up to 1000 degrees Celsius is set to be installed in Navy vessels.
Hobart company CBG Systems developed the potentially life-saving marine structural fire protection system in partnership with the CSIRO.
The panelling weighs about half as much as traditional metal panelling and is stronger than intumescent coatings, which are generally used for fire protection.
CBG’s managing director Javier Herbon said the technology had the potential to increase the overall efficiency of ships as well as having possible applications in the aerospace sector.
CBG Systems specialises in fire, thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as specialist antenna systems.
The company’s products have been installed on more than 90 per cent of the world’s high-speed ferries and most of Navy’s major vessels.
The company is now preparing to equip Australia’s newest, cutting-edge naval vessels with its life-saving products.
Mr Herbon said he attributed the company’s success to a continuous innovation strategy, through which the world’s lightest and most effective fire protection system had been produced.
“As a business, we are making adjustments in preparation for work on the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise,” Mr Herbon said.
“The enterprise represents an enormous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow our business.
“Upskilling our workforce, strengthening our training practices, investing in research and development, and partnering with like-minded organisations are just some of the activities taking place behind the scenes at CBG Systems.
“Our objective has always been to offer premium safety, better durability and reliability.”