Maersk to adopt new container firefighting system fleet-wide

Maersk to adopt new container firefighting system fleet-wide

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) will install VIKING’s HydroPen system across its entire fleet – a system designed for direct firefighting in stacked shipping containers.

VIKING is a provider in maritime, offshore and fire safety solutions. This contract represents the single largest HydroPen order for VIKING Life-Saving Equipment.

According to the company, the HydroPen system is driven purely by water pressure through an attached deck fire hose. When water pressure is activated, a turbine will drive the HydroPen drilling unit until it penetrates the container door, whereupon the system will spray water into the container to extinguish the fire directly at the source.

In the case of a fire at height in the container stack, the HydroPen system can be deployed using a telescopic device. Beyond water, the system is compatible with foam or CO2.

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“From having been involved in the early development phases to fully implementing the HydroPen system, Maersk has once again shown its uncompromising commitment to go beyond industry standards, to protect both its crews and its clients’ cargo and assets,” said Anders Nørgaard Lauridsen, VIKING’s Senior Country Director, Baltic Sea.

Besides the system itself, the company also offers digital training through its VIKING Safety Academy platform.

This online HydroPen training option has obtained the TT Club’s ‘Innovation in Safety’ award earlier this year.


Earlier this week, Singaporean furniture retailer Castlery and Maersk signed a multi-year global integrated logistics and fulfilment partnership.

The partnership will enable Castlery to offer delivery for customers, reducing wait times for orders to one to two months, approximately three times faster than the industry average of three to six months.

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