Cables installations whether for lighting, communication, power, controls, or instrumentation should consist of the right shipboard conductor cables. Marine environments are defined by harsh conditions, which can render cable installations unsafe, vulnerable to damaging environmental conditions, and inability to endure for long. Installing shipboard cables is something that should be done properly using the right products. Otherwise, the crew, the vessels, and the systems contained in the vessels may be at stake. To ensure that shipboard cables perform effectively, safely, and for a long time, there are innovations, which cable manufacturers have incorporated in the engineering of the cable products. Some of these innovations include:

Reduced cable smoke emissions

When ships are in high seas, one concern is about the safety of people. Rescue operations can be hindered when fire breaks out and the people as well as the equipment may be in danger. Many of the shipboard cables are designed to release less smoke when they are exposed to flames or fire. This ensures that in an event of fire, people can be able to survive. If the cables succumb to fire or the systems where they are installed are damaged, it can impair or paralyze the communication and any efforts to rescue people. Low smoke shipboard cables such as Seacoast Types LSPBTMU, LSPBTM 5,15 and 30 Pairs Cable Watertight Non-Flexing Service MIL-C-24643/10 are designed to meet these specifications. The stranded uncoated copper-constantan conductor is not only designed for watertight, non-flexing service but also has low smoke emissions for enhanced safety of the people as well as the systems in which it is installed.

Non-halogen cables

Halogens are known to release dangerous substances when they are burned. Cables containing halogens may not be suitable where safety of people is desired, especially in manned ships or even passenger ships. A shipboard cable like Seacoast Types LS2SWL LS2SWLA 2 Pairs Watertight Non-Flexing Service Cable MIL-C-24643/56 has a jacket made of low smoke, zero halogen cross-linked polyolefin, which means that it produces no fumes if subjected to fire.

The shield and armor

While insulation and jacketing materials may help protect a shipboard conductor cable, at times, there may be need for shielding and armoring of the cables. A shield helps protect the conductor against damages caused by environmental factors including corrosion and oxidation. The armor, often made of braided aluminum provides protection against damages caused by mechanical forces.

Whenever selecting shipboard cables, you need to know the specifications and determine where they will be installed. For manned ships or passenger ships, safety is a major concern and that’s why the shipboard cables you choose should be able to endure the harsh conditions and at the same time can perform even at times of emergency situations such as a fire outbreak. Always source your cables from trusted brands to ensure quality, performance, safety, durability, and service life. The approvals and ratings of the cables should guide you to find out if you are getting the right conductor. 

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