Nightmare on the Horizon: Life Safety Matters

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded the spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea, which made the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, was well reported. However there is another side to this tragedy that is rarely addressed; on board the Horizon at the time of the explosion were 126 people, 11 of whom would never make it back to shore.  What can be taken away from this tragedy in order to improve the safety of offshore platforms?
The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2001 to 2010. After the explosion on the Horizon, many on board were able to evacuate before the rig collapsed; however the explosion had cut off all the power and the thick smoke plunged the rig into darkness. Workers, many of whom were new to the Horizon, were unfamiliar with the layout forced to waste precious time stumbling through the darkness towards the lifeboats. Many simply leaped into the water from the nearest balcony rather than be burned alive. When the last life boat launched, 11 men were unaccounted for and declared dead on April 23, 2010.
In a fire, whether it is on land or at sea, life safety is the highest priority. The best designs enable occupants to find the path to safety as quickly as possible under various conditions. Make sure your clients are aware of JALITE photoluminescent safety products; with Lloyds Type approval and Marine Equipment Directive certification, they can be confident that JALITE will lead the way to safety. Email us to obtain more information.

The Costa Concordia: Lessons Learned

It’s been over a year since the now infamous Costa Concordia ran aground and partially sunk; 32 people were killed and 64 injured. Since the Concordia, the cruise industry seems to have hit a rough patch. Most recently a fire onboard the Carnival Triumph stranded over 4,000 passengers and crew for 8 days with no power or running water. With all eyes now on the cruise ship industry, what can be taken away from recent disaster to make cruising easy and safe for everyone?
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released strict guidelines to follow when evacuating a large passenger ship.  Once an alarm has been sounded, passengers are asked to go to the cabin and retrieve their lifejacket before making their way to the assembly station. From the assembly station, passengers are assigned lifeboat locations that they are to report to. The maximum time recommended for an evacuation in 80 minutes; this means on ships like the Triumph and the Concordia, it is recommended that the crew evacuate over 4,000 people in a little over an hour.
When the goal is to get everyone evacuated as quickly as possible, conditions can become deadly when patrons attempting to escape the wreckage are lost and disoriented in the dark corridors of the ship. JALITE  is here to light the way for with our exceptional brightness and long lasting illumination no matter the circumstances.  Our new Life Safety Product Catalog features the latest in marine photoluminescent signs and products.
Interested in more information? Visit our website or contact us to obtain a quote or find one of our authorized Marine distributors.

IMO Updates Guidelines for Fire Protection System Maintenance Requirements

Member Governments are invited to apply the annexed Guidelines when performing maintenance, testing and inspections in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/ on or after 31 May 2013 and bring the annexed Guidelines to the attention of ship owners, shipmasters, ships' officers and crew and all other parties concerned.
You can view the revised guidelines here. Included in these guidelines are various system maintenance and tests to be performed at various intervals from weekly & monthly to 5 & 10 year maintenance. 
Included in the test requirements are fire extinguishing systems such as fire mains and pump, foam and water mist systems as well as the Low Location Lighting on a weekly basis, and a 5 year test in accordance with the procedures in resolution A.752(18).
The majority of these Fire protection systems have associated signs that may also need to be updated or replaced.  You can find the full range of JALITE FIRE CONTROL SYMBOL SIGNS on our website:
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Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs

Fire Control Plan symbols for fire control plans are covered by IMO regulations and are standardized in ISO 17631. Many of these symbols are used on board ships as signs to locate the appropriate equipment.

Fire Control Plan symbol signs are available from JALITE with full Class C luminance performance providing highly visible markings for fire control equipment in case of emergency.

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Marine and Offshore

The Original JALITE Photoluminescent product is available worldwide through ship's chandlers and major ships supply companies including suppliers of accredited safety equipment.

The global Marine and Offshore business for JALITE safety signs and low location lighting products is served through a growing network of JALITE Authorised Distributors and Dealers.

Our network of Distributors is supported by the JALITE Headquarters, JALITE PLC in Basildon, Essex UK and the two subsidiary companies JALITE Inc. USA. and JALITE Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong SAR .

Companies serving these markets that are interested to join our network of Distributors and Dealers are invited to register with us their interest.

Unique performance products with proven capability; JALITE photoluminescent safety products in the Marine and Offshore application set new standards of excellence in performance and are purpose designed to reduce risk and to serve in case of emergency and incident.

JALITE is committed to a never ending process of improvement in its product and service offering to this industry. All JALITE products meet the highest specifications and are fully accredited by third party testing.

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Jalite IMO SOLAS Signs are designed to satisfy Chapter III, Regulation 9.2.2 and Regulation 9.2.3 of the SOLAS Convention. Signs are required to be easily seen under emergency lighting conditions and used in accordance with the recommendations of the IMO.

IMO Signs and Fire Control Plan (FCS) Signs are a requirement by all jurisdictions to meet SOLAS and Fire Protection regulations on board ship and marine structures.

The JALITE Range is the most comprehensive photoluminescent product range and all ex stock.

More details are available on the dedicated web sites or simply search our data base for product.

Escape route lighting

ISO 15370 photoluminescent low location lighting and ISO 16069 safety wayguidance standards set the benchmarks for escape route lighting at low location. Extensive research in the 80's emphasised the extremely effective improvements in egress provisions using low located visual components.

ISO 15370 was the first International Standard for escape route lighting and is commonly known as LLL - Low Location Lighting. ISO 16069 Safety Wayguidance Systems (SWG) followed later for the built environment and laying down principles for design. This Standard was used by New York City as the basis for technical recommendations for stairwell egress systems now required by law for tall buildings.



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