Exeeco awarded SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) agreement
Exeeco, part of the Rotork Group of Companies, has secured an agreement to stock and supply Rotork electric valve actuators and hydraulic control systems to meet the latest international maritime safety regulations for bulk carriers.
The SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Regulation Xll relates to water level detection and pumping systems for the holds, ballast and dry spaces in bulk carriers. The regulation came into force at the beginning of 2004 for new builds and dictates the retrofitting of automated water ingress detection, alarm and pumping systems on existing ships.
Exeeco engineers worked closely with marine system engineers to design and develop actuated systems for the control of valves associated with forward space dewatering and ballast control equipment. These are being manufactured for distribution throughout the world. The innovative "non-intrusive" commissioning and communication features of Rotork's intelligent electric actuators, combined with their service proven double-sealed IP68 watertight enclosure design - providing unrivalled protection from the effects of saline atmospheres and even temporary submersion in sea water - contributed to the approval of this equipment for this crucial application.
The SOLAS Xll regulations stipulate the control of existing manually operated valves by electric actuators, remotely operated from ships' control decks. Exeeco designed electrical and mechanical interfaces for Rotork products to adapt manually operated valves for a wide variety of ships and bulk carriers on fleets throughout the world. Exeeco's expertise was also employed for the design and manufacture of hydraulic controls for ship safety systems in accordance with the same regulations.
tems to meet the latest international maritime safety regulations for bulk carriers.