SERVICING CONFINED SPACE FIXED AND PORTABLE GAS DETECTOR SYSTEMS
NEW GAS DETECTORS SUPPLY
GAS DETECTOR REPAIR
GAS DETECTOR CALIBRATION
Enclosed space entry drills and training every two months will become mandatory as of January 2015 under amendments to SOLAS ( Regulation III/19). It is hoped that these additional measures will help to save lives.
Also, in November 2014 IMO approved amendments to SOLAS in the form of new SOLAS regulation XI-1/7, making it mandatory for all applicable vessels to carry portable gas detectors.
Every ship is to carry at least one appropriate portable atmosphere testing instrument which as a minimum is capable of measuring concentrations of oxygen (O2), flammable gases or vapours, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and carbon monoxide(CO) prior to entry into enclosed / confined spaces, and at appropriate intervals thereafter until all work is completed.
As advised in guidelines MSC.1/Circ.1477 “It should be noted that, given a ship’s specific characteristics and operations, additional atmospheric hazards in enclosed spaces may be present that may not be detected by the instrument recommended to be selected by these Guidelines, and in such cases, if known, additional appropriate instruments should be carried.
A personal gas detector intended to be carried by an individual whilst inside an enclosed space is not considered suitable.
This requirement will enter into force on 1 July 2016. However, IMO urge early voluntary compliance with this regulation from 1 January 2015 to coincide with the new enclosed space entry and rescue drill requirement.
Persons with enclosed space entry responsibilities should be familiar with the content of IMO Resolution A.1050 (27) “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces on Board Ships”, and MSC.1/Circ.1477 “Guidelines to facilitate the selection of portable atmosphere testing instruments for enclosed spaces as required by SOLAS regulation [XI-1/7]”.
In short, the SOLAS XI-1/7 regulation requires gas detectors to be dedicated 4-gas portables (not personal), capable of 10 hours continuous operation, waterproof and dustproof to Ingress Protection rating IP67, and capable of remote detection (using a pump with a sample hose) suitable to test the atmosphere in an enclosed space before entry. Calibration is also a requirement, as prescribed by the manufacturers’ instructions. We recommend as best practice to bump test and/or calibrate as frequently as is practical on-board the vessel. Flow meter, Gas Detector, Multi Gas Systems, Portable Gas Instrument, Fixed Gas Instruments, Gas Sampling Systems. Annual Calibration, Certification of Gas Detectors. Full system inspection making sure its getting the correct power supply to the unit, Inspection of the Gas Sensors rang and mounting, integrated as factory manual. We carry a variety of calibration gases for all types of Gas Detector Systems, Multi Gas Systems, Portable Gas Instruments