Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Acorn Fire & Security are a major supplier and commission specialist within the fire and security industry, who go the extra mile for every customer and offer alternative solutions to many problems internationally.
Recently Acorn were contacted to help super yacht SY Emmaline in Palma, Mallorca to help them replace a defective Marine Approved Fire Alarm Panel and re-commission the full vessel. The replica Gentleman's charter super yacht is fitted with a conventional Fire Alarm Panel which was built in 2002. The client had tried several international specialist companies from around the globe to help. The other specialists were unable to offer a solution due to there not being a replacement Conventional Panel that could be sourced to fit into the very specific flush mounting cut within the centre cockpit bulkhead.
SY Emmaline was shore-bound and could not be chartered, losing 40k (euros) per week in revenue.
Acorn were able to source from UK manufacturers Kentec Electronics a Marine Approved Addressable Fire Alarm Panel that would fit into the recess within the bulkhead. Although the client's requirements were for a Conventional Panel, we specified the Kentec Syncro Marine Approved Addressable controller, which we built and pre-programmed as a "special" with 2 No: 4-way conventional zone interfaces installed within the controller housing.
A main challenge faced was that all equipment had to be Lloyds register approved, with the Lloyds surveyor involved in the project. Comments from Acorn's Director, Dave Grice
"As we had approached with a completely "out of the box" solution, there was initial doubts as to the combined products Marine approval. This challenge was overcome with close liaison with the manufacturers and the certification bodies, whereby we demonstrated that the proposed solution was fully approved in all aspects".
Lloyds register were completely satisfied as was the Marine surveyor. A new approach has now been adopted for future use on all marine, and oil & gas platforms.
Acorn duly attended SY Emmaline, fitted the "special" build Fire Alarm Panel, and fully re-commissioned the whole vessel and voyage data recorder. SY Emmaline is now back in full charter throughout the Mediterranean and mid-Atlantic.