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november 28, 2019

The potential risks determine what kind of service and support you need. When it comes to fire and gas detection, which is our area of expertise, human lives, the environment and material goods are at stake. Should something go wrong, you will have to face consequences nobody wants to face. The right service and support make a difference when safety counts. 

Start with the risks

It is not possible to avoid all potential risks, but identifying the risks provides an excellent starting point for defining the level of service and support you need.

Let’s begin with material values. You can divide the risks into direct costs (e.g., damaged engine room) and indirect costs (e.g., delayed delivery of goods). Sometimes one event leads to another (e.g., an engine room fire stopping a shipment, resulting in late deliveries), which you also have to consider.

Now let’s move on to the value of your company reputation. Fire and gas detection protect the lives of passengers and crew, as well as material values and the environment. If an accident is caused by insufficient maintenance, how much money will you have to spend to win back the trust of customers and employees? How much time will it take?

Continue with the organization

With the risks and consequences outlined, your next step is to decide on what kind of maintenance you can do internally and what you need to outsource.

Consilium offers education and can help you create a learning organization. We have, for example, experts in gas detection ready to teach your staff about vital safety issues on-board – such as the difference between methane gas (light, moving upwards), propane gas (heavy, moving downwards) and how both affect detector placement. When your staff understands why things work in a certain way, they can take the right actions.

Consilium is also represented in every major port of the world. We offer local service and support with people who speak your language, knowing your market. Our “first-time fix” success rate exceeds 95% and if you really want to be proactive, you can sign a safety agreement with us.  

Talk safety with us

Investing in service and support is cheap insurance to avoid expensive consequence costs. We can build your knowledge locally, and provide you with the service and support you that need. Feel free to contact us to learn more about our offering.

In the next newsletter, you will get a report from an inspiring project in which Consilium is involved. Stay tuned and make sure that you subscribe to our newsletter

oktober 15, 2019

Taking safety seriously is about never leaving anyone stranded. The basis for such a promise is having a network with local presence in strategic locations. Consilium is represented in more than 55 countries all over the world. You can rest assured that we are always ready to help you with product and system issues – around the clock, every day of the year.

Clear procedure

When you turn to Consilium, you get support in your local language from people familiar with maritime regulations related to fire and gas detection as well as emission monitoring. Every office can provide you with commonly used and crucial spare parts directly off the shelf. Other parts are available within two working days from central storage. Our internal processes for service and support are well-established throughout the organization.

Quick access to service and support means less time in the harbour. As fire, gas and emission monitoring systems are often considered critical during an inspection, you also minimize the risk of penalties due to malfunction. The local Consilium office is your first point of contact, and should the office be closed you can always access us on an emergency number.

Right the first time

Our certified service technicians can help you replace malfunctioning products. We have a “first time fix” success rate exceeding 95%, and signing a safety agreement is a way for you to further reduce the risk of unplanned stops. Having both fire and gas detection products based on the same platform, CCP (Consilium Common Platform), also means fewer spare parts to keep in stock on board. What is more, Consilium has a long-term commitment to supplying spare parts to the market.

Talk safety with us

When safety matters, whom do you trust? Consilium is prepared to go that extra mile to help you solve even the toughest service and support challenges so that you can maintain critical safety functionality. We have the products, people and processes in place.

Next time, we are going to talk more about the importance of service and support on board. Subscribe here and feel free to get in touch with us in the meantime for questions and discussions.    

 

juni 14, 2019

LAP-Sikkerhed ApS in Roskilde, Denmark has been Consilium’s agent and partner for sales of fire & gas alarms in Denmark for more than 20 years. Last year Consilium Marine & Safety and the division Consilium Building Safety acquired 50 percent of LAP-Sikkerhed and today June 14th a new step has been taken – LAP-Sikkerhed ApS changes name to Consilium Building Safety ApS.

LAP Sikkerhed to CBS 2019

maj 16, 2019

All strong cruise operator brands are based on trust. Nothing can go wrong when you have thousands of passengers onboard enjoying their holidays far out at sea. One part of creating trust is installing reliable and easy-to-use safety systems for fire and gas detection. This time, we are taking a closer look at how the global shipbuilder Meyer Werft make sure their latest ships for prominent cruise operators live up to high demands on safety.

A new line of ships

The Meyer Werft is a family-owned shipyard in Northern Europe run by the seventh generation of family members. Consilium has been working with Meyer Werft for a long time and was awarded “partner of the year” in June 2018.

The latest project between Meyer Werft and Consilium concerns a number of cruise ships for well-renowned cruise operators Costa and AIDA. Each ship measures 337x43 metres, has a gross tonnage of 180,000 and room for 5,200 passengers. Having such a large number of people on board demands first-class safety systems such as fire and gas detection.

Securing operations

The fire detection system that protects people on board consists of 13,500 detector units and 1,300 units for fire door control. All balconies are protected by 1,800 flame detectors (and a corresponding number of sprinklers) to fulfil the SOLAS regulations for combustible materials onboard. As the ships are environmentally friendly and run on LNG, there is also a gas detection system with 120 detectors for early warning of potential methane leakages in the machinery spaces, increasing people safety further.

You can only make money when a cruise ship is in action, living up to all your customer promises on having a good time without any interruptions. The new fire and gas systems for Meyer Werft fulfil the latest regulatory demands and can, therefore, pass all inspections by authorities. What is more, all systems from Consilium are modular-based and backward compatible. You can always make changes to the system and upgrade it with new devices using the same cabling.

Talk safety with us

The cruise ship market is booming, and trust is the basis of success. What’s the situation like in the freight market? We are digging deeper into that subject in the next issue. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with us on how you can improve fire and gas safety onboard.

april 18, 2019

Going on a cruise is more popular than ever. By the end of 2022, the number of berths is expected to reach one million, distributed over more than 600 ships. The Asian expedition cruise market is growing as families have started to see cruises as an alternative to traditional travel. But more ships mean more competition. A strong brand image and unambiguous safety reputation are essential for cruise operators. Even if the customers are buying an adventure, they want to stay safe onboard.

Steady increase

On a global basis, the cruise fleet today comprises just over 700,000 berths. With an expected annual growth rate (according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence: Shipbuilding Outlook) of 7.3% in the following five years, the number of berths will reach almost one million in 2022.

The Asian market is skyrocketing. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of cruise passengers increased by 20.5%, breaking through the four-million passenger barrier. Now, the Asian market stands for 15% of the global cruise market, catching up on Europe (26%) and North America (49%). China is the key contributor to growth, making up almost 60% of all Asian passengers.

New audiences and locations

The average age of a global cruise traveller today is 47 years according to CLIA. Cruise operators are now concentrating on building or renovating ships to attract new audiences, such as young couples and families. The expedition market is also expanding, with rainforest cruises along the Amazon river and polar cruises in the Antarctic and Arctic environments.

However, growth is nothing the cruise operators can take for granted. It is something they have to work hard for every day. An important part of that job is securing a high level of safety, as safety is directly connected to the brand image. Adventures sell; accidents don’t.

Talk safety with us

One example of recent cruise shipbuilding, where safety from Consilium matters, is a project run by Meyer Werft for large cruise operators, including AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises. We will tell you all about this project in the next newsletter. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with us on how you can improve fire and gas safety onboard.

mars 27, 2019

Built to fulfil the demands of today and tomorrow. Based on the legacy of Consilium with ease of use and peace of mind. The new CGS50/500 gas sampling system is ready to detect potentially hazardous leakages in ships around the world.

Consilium Common Platform (CCP) has a modular design giving great flexibility. We use this platform for all our other fire and gas detection systems, so it was a natural choice for the new CGS50/500 gas sampling system. One advantage is that CGS50/500 thereby gets the same user interface – well-known for being easy to learn and work with on a daily basis. 

“User-friendliness is important to staff, not least in critical situations,” says Magnus Gillberg,  Sales Manager at Consilium. “Having the same interface for both fire and gas detection makes a real difference onboard.”

The modularity also makes upgrades easy and saves service time, and you can even write code directly from a computer to get specific functionality. Everybody in our worldwide service network is familiar with CCP. You are never far away from support and spare parts.

The same cabinet size
CGS50/500 is based on a cabinet with the same outer dimensions and mounting dimensions as the present Salwico SW2020 gas sampling system. The pipe connections for gas sampling are just slightly changed.
“Backward compatibility is important to our customers,” says Fredrik Jonasson, Product Manager at Consilium. “We had good reason to switch to CCP for the new CGS50/500, but keeping the cabinet size was an important decision to make the physical replacement easier.”  

New features and more to come
New functionality on CGS50/500 is a history calibration log helping you keep track of events. All data is saved for six months, ready for further analysis. You also get an upgraded manifold design for easier maintenance. Redundant control is available as an optional safety feature. We will continuously add new features to the system.
CGS50/500 is now available in the market. The system is, among others, compliant with the (EU) 2018/773 new performance and testing standards requirements of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) starting June 1st, 2019. 

Talk safety with us
Are you thinking about replacing your gas sampling system? Take the chance to talk to our experts about CGS50/500. See contact details below. We are ready when you are.
 

februari 20, 2019

In 2017, Consilium Marine & Safety AB chooses to take the next step in its already existing partnership with the charitable organisation Mercy Ships, by contributing with volunteers to Mercy Ships’ hospital ship. Now, Consilium is sending its second volunteer to work onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy, for one month’s time.

Mercy Ships owns and operate the world’s largest civilian hospital ship that offers free medical care and education to some of the world’s poorest countries. Mercy Ships started in 1978 and has since then helped over 2.5 million people in more than 70 countries. Every year, around 1,000 volunteers contribute to Mercy Ships’ vital work, from surgeons and nurses, to ship personnel and administrative staff.

In 2015, Consilium Marine & Safety AB entered a partnership with the charitable organisation Mercy Ships and in 2017, the partnership was further strengthened by Consilium contributing with volunteers, to Mercy Ships’ hospital ship, Africa Mercy. Many of Consilium’s employees feel strongly about Mercy Ships’ cause, and some are already contributing as volunteers with various administrative duties here at home.  

Lillwi Lyreö is Consilium's next volunteer to visit Africa Mercy. She arrives in Guinea at the end of February and she will be on board the hospital ship for one month. Lillwi will help in the service sector and probably as a Housekeeper, or similar, she will give a helping hand wherever it is needed. “For a number of years I have helped Mercy Ships Sweden to translate texts in my spare time. The texts and all the stories about the life-changing work Mercy Ships do have touched me very much, so when I now get the fantastic opportunity to go onboard as a volunteer at Africa Mercy, in Guinea, I feel great gratitude. I look forward to see and experience the fantastic work they do with my own eyes and I look forward to meeting people of different ages and life situations, in a completely different environment. I have worked within logistics for many years and I am deeply impressed by how Mercy Ships manage this hospital vessel, with all that it entails, in such a successful way. ”

“We are very pleased that we are sending our second volunteer to Africa Mercy. This time it is our employee Lillwi Lyreö who will help us to further strengthen our partnership with Mercy Ships. Our partnership with Mercy Ships has a positive effect on all of us as we can see that the work Mercy Ships does, truly helps people in difficult conditions. The volunteer interest in Consilium is growing and we are encourging our employees to contribute to this important social work. Our commitment to Mercy Ships is also an important part of Consilium’ s work for increased sustainability and a strengthened community engagement” says Nicklas Bergström, President at Consilium Marine & Safety.

januari 23, 2019

Global trade is growing, and sea transportation is an essential part of the total logistics mix. A fire in the machine room is potentially very costly and dangerous to all on board, fuelling the demand for solid fire and gas detection knowledge and products. What kind of system design do you need to protect your business? Here is some inspiration from a recent project.

Beyond regulations
Stolt Tankers is a leading global operator of chemical and parcel tankers, with a fleet that consists of over 70 deep-sea ships. Primary areas of operation are the United States, the Netherlands and Singapore.

In 2018, Stolt Tankers contacted Consilium to discuss a gas sampling system for a cargo ship project in China. We deepened the discussion to include all aspects of fire and gas detection, with an emphasis on the value of going beyond regulations and using one supplier with one technical platform for two crucial safety systems. Stolt Tankers came to the conclusion that Consilium had the best offering. Installation in two ships is underway, and more is to come.

Increasingly important
One aspect of growing sea transportation is emissions. The new IMO emission regulations for 2020 have prompted some shipping companies to change from diesel to LNG, driving the need for gas detection. Many cargo ships use both point and sampling gas detection to spot LNG leakages in time. Some also add visual flame detection in the engine room. The cost of a engine room fire is around 100,000 dollars per minute according to Claes Åhman at The Swedish Club, a mutual marine insurance company owned and controlled by its members.

Investing in reliable fire and gas safety systems is an insurance for your brand. You protect your cargo from being destroyed or delayed and build a strong company image over time. You also show staff that you care about their safety, motivating them to stay and develop their skills.   ​

Talk safety with us
All Consilium fire and gas detection systems are easy to retrofit as you can use the same cabling. The systems are also modular-based, making upgrades and changes possible in the future. What can we do to help you protect your business today and tomorrow? You are more than welcome to contact us. We are always ready to talk safety. 

 

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. 

 

oktober 22, 2018

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