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November 28, 2018

The answer is … probably yes. The global economy is expected to grow 3-4 per cent yearly – with reservations for the escalating trade war between the US and China – and most shipbuilding sectors connected to trade are expanding. Shifting over to more sustainable trading is necessary, where the IMO emission regulations from 2020 force sea traders to either invest in scrubbers or switch to LNG.

Growing but changing
Growth of global gross domestic product (GDP) has varied between 3.23 and 3.76 per cent over the last five years. The predicted growth numbers for the next five years are slightly higher. On the other hand, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the accelerated trade war between the US and China might harm global growth. The yuan, for instance, has lost approximately 8 per cent against the dollar between June and November 2018.

Looking into the shipbuilding market, the crude tanker fleet is forecasted to grow by 4.0 per cent per year 2018-2022, representing 25 per cent of capacity. Corresponding numbers for chemical tankers are 7.0 per cent followed by 5.2 per cent for LPG tankers and 9.4 per cent for LNG tankers. There is a market for ultra-large container ships and large vessels, whereas the cargo ro-ro fleet sector is not growing, and small vessels is a shrinking segment.

Reducing emissions
IMO emission regulations for 2020 drive the need for sea traders to invest in new, clean technology. One option is to provide diesel engines with scrubbers to reduce SOx emissions. In this case, you have to prove compliance to administration. Consilium OPSIS M800 is a non-contact emission monitoring system with an average uptime of close to 100 per cent, giving you the data you need.

Another alternative is switching from HFO to LNG. Transferring and transporting LNG is a bit of a challenge, as the gas needs a temperature of below -163°C to stay liquidized. You also have to make sure that no gas is leaking into the ship, for example, by using a point or sampling gas detection system. In many cases, LNG vessels use both methods. Reliable gas detection onboard protects both people and products, motivating employees to stay at their jobs and giving customers a good impression.

Talk safety with us
New tankers are needed to meet the transport demands in the global trade. In the next newsletter, we are going to present a case where Consilium has provided a fire and gas detection system to a tank ship. Want to talk safety with us in the meantime? Feel free to contact us. We are always ready. 


October 22, 2018

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October 19, 2018

Stena Line challenged Consilium to supply a detection technology for their Ro-Ro deck that would respond to small fires rapidly in severe environmental conditions, whilst delivering a high level of false alarm immunity. The detector had to be immune to exhaust emissions from vehicles, inclement weather and radiant heat sources.

Within the marine industry, there is a growing concern at the number of reported fires in Ro-Ro spaces. DNV GL recently reported in a paper entitled “Fires on Ro-Ro Decks” dated April 2016, that between 2005 and 2015, 35 fires occurred. The causes of the fires ranged from electrical fires, to vehicle fires and cargo shifting and igniting. Some of these fires were reported as catastrophic with a high number of fatalities or loss of the vessel.

Visual flame detection
Consilium proposed the CD-F-301 Visual Flame Detector™ for use in the Ro-Ro deck. The ability of the CD-F-301 to ignore exhaust emissions and radiant heat sources whilst delivering superior flame detection performance was the deciding factor. It also outputs a live CCTV Colour video feed which meets with DNV GL’s recommendations outlined in the aforementioned report. The critical benefits the CD-F-301 provides is live colour video of the Ro-Ro deck, fast response flame detection to a multitude of fire scenarios and high false alarm immunity.

During the 6 month testing period, the speed of response of the CD-F-301 was proven with live fire tests. The detector responded to different fire scenarios in less than 5 seconds, across different areas of the deck. As detailed by DNV GL, previously reported fires burned for many hours resulting in fatalities and severe damage to the vessel. The rapid response time of the CD-F-301 ensures fires are extinguished almost immediately. 

In addition to these benefits, the detector also houses a micro-SD card which records all fires detected; pre-alarm and post alarm. If a fire were to occur, this enables Stena Line to review the footage, post event, to learn lessons and increase safety for the future. 

Talk safety with us
Feel free to contact us for more information on visual flame detection or to arrange a meeting. We are always ready to talk safety with you and your colleagues.


June 05, 2018

You certainly have to let your staff check all fire safety devices every now and then, for example, to detect vandalism. But there is no need to spend time and money on regular checking of the technical functionality. Just let our Periodic Built-In Self-Test (BIST) do the job.

Every fifth minute
So many detectors, so little time. Periodic BIST verifies the safety function of all detectors from a technical perspective by performing communication tests every fifth minute. Your staff can use the time freed up to look for visual detector flaws caused by accidents and other assignments at the platform.

Uptime is everything
A production stop at an oil platform is immensely expensive, so there is no room for a fire detection system malfunction. Consilium CFD5000 fire detection system is designed for the oil and gas industry. The system is SIL 2 certified by TÜV NORD according to IEC 61508.

All detectors are powered from two sides. In the case of a cable break, there is always a way around the break to reach the detectors. No need to shut down the system.

What is more, our loop-based system works in explosive environments. That is unique for Consilium.

When safety matters
Consilium is the world-leader in fire detection systems for marine applications. We delivered our first system in 1967 and have installed more than 34,000 systems ever since. Now we are conquering the world of fire detection systems for the oil and gas market. In October 2015 we opened up an office in Norway’s “oil capital” Stavanger, and in April 2016 we received our first order for a new SIL 2-approved system.   

Talk safety with us
There are thousands of questions regarding fire safety in oil and gas facilities. But there are also thousands of answers. Talk safety with us. We are ready when you are.

May 17, 2018

The IMO regulations from 2020 are clear: The limit for SOx emissions is 0.5 percent generally and in some areas as low as 0.1 percent. Switching from diesel to LNG significantly reduces sulphur emission levels. However, with LNG you need fast and reliable detection of potential gas leakages. How do you achieve that?

Crucial system
There are many safety aspects to consider when running a vessel on LNG. No wonder when you consider that the energy density for LNG – liquefied natural gas – is approximately 600 times higher than for natural gas at atmospheric conditions. Correct placement of tanks and ducts are essential as well as shut-down functionality and crew training.

What you also need is a reliable and easy-to-use gas detection system. In the case of an LNG leakage, every second counts for staff to take the right actions and put themselves and other people on board in safety. Beyond the obvious first-priority of saving lives, gas detection is also about protecting the company brand image and reputation in the industry.

Two methods
Consilium offers two ways of detecting gas: Point and Sampling. Point detection means that detectors are placed in strategic locations, giving input to a central system. Sampling is the other way around – all detectors are placed centrally with pipes going out to all the spots where gas detection is needed.

The choice of method depends on the environment. Sampling is common in places where, for example, oil, water or vibrations make it difficult for detectors to perform and survive. LNG-driven vessels often use both point and sampling detection.

Talk safety with us

We have been in the gas detection business since 1959. Our CGD50/500 gas detection system can be configured as a conventional point to point system where each detector is hardwired to the central unit, or as a distributed system. Modular design makes both large and small systems possible without compromising on user-friendliness. The system is based on the same platform as our fire detection system, making life easier for many operators.

Feel free to contact us for more information on gas detection or to arrange a meeting. We are always ready to talk safety with you and your colleagues.

May 03, 2018

As part of Consilium’s strategy to provide global support to its customers we are pleased to inform that Consilium Marine & Safety and the division Consilium Building Safety acquire 50 percent of LAP Sikkerhed ApS in Roskilde, Denmark. LAP Security has been Consilium’s agent and partner for sales of fire alarms in Denmark for more than 20 years.

Security wholesaler LAP-Sikkerhed ApS  supplies products and consulting services within fire safety and similar life-saving technology to hospitals, nursing homes, shopping centers and more via nationwide  installers. Through this strategic acquisition both LAP-Sikkerhed and Consilium secures the long term strategy to gain market share. The new joint company will work as a unified part of the Consilium family as of today.


//På svenska

Som en del av Consiliums strategi att erbjuda global support till sina kunder kan vi idag informera att Consilium Marine & Safety och divisionen Consilium Building Safety förvärvar 50 procent av LAP Sikkerhed ApS i Roskilde. LAP Sikkerhed har varit Consiliums agent och partner för försäljning av system för branddetektion i Danmark i mer än 20 år.

Säkerhetsgrossisten LAP-Sikkerhed ApS erbjuder produkter och rådgivning inom brandsäkerhet och liknande livräddande teknik till bl.a. sjukhus, vårdhem och köpcentrum via rikstäckande installatörer. Genom detta strategiska förvärv säkerställer både LAP-Sikkerhed och Consilium den långsiktiga strategin att ta fler marknadsandelar framöver. Det nya gemensamma företaget verkar som en enhetlig del av Consiliumfamiljen, från och med idag.

For further questions please contact/För ytterligare information, kontakta:

LAP Sikkerhed ApS
Hasse Larsen,
Administrerende direktør
Telefon +45 43 3004 42

Nicklas Bergström     
Consilium Marine & Safety Group
Telephone: +46 708 574 112

April 24, 2018

As part of Consilium’s strategy to provide global support to its customers we are pleased to inform that Consilium Marine & Safety has become majority owner in Startech Marine Services Inc. in Vancouver and will together with its present owner Mr. Nas Monavari create a new joint company, “Consilium Marine & Safety Canada”.

Startech started in 2009 and offers marine electronics, service and support to vessels in primarily Canadian west coast ports. The cooperation between the two companies started in 2010 and Startech has been working with service and support on Consilium’s products since then. The new joint company, Consilium Marine & Safety Canada, will continue with this focus and work as a unified part of the Consilium family.


For further questions please contact:

Mr. Nas Monavari
Managing Director
Startech Marine Services (to be Consilium Marine & Safety Canada)
Telephone:  +1 604 626 7317

Nicklas Bergström     
Consilium Marine & Safety Group
Telephone: +46 708 574 112

April 19, 2018

Scrubbers are becoming common in retrofit to reduce sulphur due to new regulations. With non-contact emission monitoring from Consilium, you get the data needed to prove compliance to the administration.

Non-contact technology
Reducing ship emissions is a top priority for IMO (International Maritime Organization). In environmental control areas, ships must use fuel with less than 0.1 per cent sulphur content, and from 2020 there will be a worldwide limit of 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel. Scrubbers help reduce emissions, but which technology should you go for when it comes to monitoring?

Consilium uses a non-contact technology for emission monitoring of sulphur, carbon dioxide and many other relevant gases. No contact with the exhaust gases makes the system perfect in the harsh environment after the scrubber. The technology is certified according to DNV (Det Norske Veritas), and the system is called Consilium OPSIS M800.

High uptime
Consilium OPSIS M800 is based on a cross stack monitoring that detects and counts all the emission molecules passing by the beam of light through the stack. No sampling of gas is required, and the measurement is done instantly. What is more, there is no risk of clogging or contamination. Our statistics show an average uptime of close to 100 per cent for this emission monitoring system. A fantastic figure considering the extremely tough environment where it is placed.

Non-contact technology and no sampling also contribute to easy installation, low energy consumption and minimal maintenance. The result is a low lifetime cost. The staff on the ship are able to change the xenon light in the emitter. Should you need more help than that, Consilium is represented in more than 55 countries including all the major ports in the world.  

Talk safety with us
In our next newsletter, we will go into the details of ships run by LNG – another way to reduce sulphur and other emissions. The emissions are so low that you do not need a monitoring system, but what you do need is a system for reliable detection of LNG leakages before they cause significant trouble. In the meantime, feel free to contact us if you have any questions on emission monitoring from Consilium or to arrange a meeting. 

April 10, 2018

In fire detection systems for explosive environments, the detectors are usually powered from only one direction. If something goes wrong along the line, the detectors after the break will not work. Consilium uses a loop-based system to avoid this situation and protect human lives as well as valuable assets.

Always a way around
You know that typical movie scene: Someone is being chased down a dark dead end with no way out and hope is the only saviour. Well, the same goes for fire detection systems in explosive environments with only one powered line from the barrier to the detectors. Consilium powers the detectors from two sides. In the case of a cable break, all detectors are still operational. You maintain a high level of safety while the cable is repaired. 

Sets a new standard
The fire detection system from Consilium is developed to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry. You can fit up to 60 units (e.g. detectors and manual call points) per loop or branch with a cable length of up to 2,000 metres. Less need of barriers and reduced complexity are some of the benefits. Cable layering is also simplified by adding one branch to another. You can connect branches to each other to form a loop.

Talk safety with us
There are thousands of questions regarding fire safety in oil and gas facilities. But there are also thousands of answers. Talk safety with us. We are ready when you are. Welcome.

March 22, 2018

IMO (International Maritime Organization) regulations from 2020 stipulate a worldwide limit for SOx emissions of 0.5 per cent. Installing scrubbers or switching to LNG are two ways of reducing sulphur. In both cases, Consilium has the equipment you need to secure operations.

Global coverage
Climate change and health-related issues are transforming emission rules at sea. A report from CEEH (Centre for Energy, Environment and Health) shows that air pollution from international shipping causes approximately 50,000 premature deaths in Europe.

Today, ships are allowed to use fuels with sulphur content of up to 3.5 per cent. Since 2015, however, ships sailing in sulphur emission control areas have to use fuel with less than 0.1 per cent sulphur. Examples of emission control areas are the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and most of the US and Canadian coast.   

The general 0.5 per cent sulphur standard from the IMO is expected to save 40,000 lives yearly on a global basis when implemented in 2020. In 2016, IMO also sharpened its regulations to cut down NOx emissions on new ships by up to 80 per cent compared to levels in year 2000.

Technical solutions
Low sulphur fuel oil is 2-4 times more expensive than standard fuel, making scrubbers an attractive alternative for reducing emission levels on existing ships. With a Continuous Emission Monitoring System from Consilium, CEMS, you can prove compliance to the administration.

Another option, for practical reasons mainly for new ships, is switching from diesel to LNG. As LNG has virtually no sulphur content, that problem is gone, but you need to make sure that the system is not leaking. Consilium has been in the gas detection business since 1959 and can provide you with proven and backward compatible technology. 

Talk safety with us
In our next newsletters, we will go into the details of CEMS and LNG gas detection. In the meantime, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to arrange a meeting. We are always ready to get ready for the future.