Being in high seas on shipboards is a highly demanding experience to not only the passengers and crew, but also for the ship operators. Safety of the vessels and people is an important thing and one way to ensure this is to use shipboard cables that are manufactured to meet safety requirements. Marine environments exhibit rigorous conditions including humidity, vibration, oil, salt corrosion, and cold. Without the right cable product installed on the ship’s systems, problems can arise. It may also be costly for the operators because they should do new installations every now and then. To reduce the maintenance costs and ensure safety of people, the cable products should be of the right quality and used for the right applications. Here are ways you can ensure safety when in the high seas by using low smoke, zero halogen cables:

Prove fire performance cables

Disasters can strike when aboard a ship in the water and the crew, the vessels, the systems of the ship, and passengers may be in danger if the cables used are of poor standards. Using shipboard cables that have been tested and meet specific fire performance tests is an important aspect for the ship operators. In emergency situations, the cables should be able to survive and continue working so that the navigation, communication, and other systems of the ship remain functional.

Reduced volume and weight

The dragging effect of ships on waters can be increased when the weight is huge. Often, the weight of cables can increase this effect. Shipboard cable manufacturers have cable products that address the weight and volume issues. For instance, advanced XLPE cable design is an innovation, which aims at reducing the weight and volume of the cable and this, in turn, has the same effect on the ship itself. This ensures that the dragging effect is reduced.

Protection from harsh marine environment

Not every other cable product may be used in marine environments. When seeking cables for shipboard operations, you want to make sure they can endure the rigorous environment. They need to have resistance to oxidation, corrosion, and effects of vibration.

Safety - a crucial element

Many cables being designed for manned ships and other marine environments have low smoke, zero halogen features. Smoke is dangerous when it occurs in ships. Low smoke means that in the event of a fire, there is visibility and people may not be poisoned or suffocated. Low smoke cables allow for effective rescue operations should there occur a fire incident in the ship when in high waters. Again, zero halogen eliminates the hazardous fumes that may be released when the cables are burned following a fire situation.

One shipboard cable that offers safety of people and equipment is the Seacoast Type LSMCOS Multi Conductor Shielded 600 Volts Cable Non-Watertight Flexing Service MIL-C-24643/4. This stranded uncoated copper cable is designed to work as a low smoke portable power shipment cable. Its low smoke halogen system helps maintain circuit integrity because it releases minimal smoke, acid gas, or toxicity.

These are some of the things that you need to look out for in a shipboard cable because they help define if the cable will perform as desired and whether it is safe for use in such applications. 

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