Thermal Imaging Helped to Contain Fire Aboard a Cargo Ship
On Friday, thermal imaging helped to spot and contain fire on a cargo ship that was moored on Maydon Wharf, Durban, South Africa.
Reports say that the cargo ship was loading soya when a staff smelt smoke coming out of a cargo hold. Durban Fire department used thermal imaging to pinpoint a fire in the cargo hold of a ship. Department Commander, Trevor Stevens, said they used a thermal imaging camera to locate it.
A mechanical grabber, which is used to load and offload goods from a ship, helped the rescue team to scoop out the fire affected area and brought it ashore.
While the above is a news, MFAME is anxious and have contacted thermographic experts with below questions:
- Thermal imaging cameras – can spot or has to be taken close to suspected fire zones.
- How close they should be taken? Is there any limitation on the temperature output subject to distance scanned?
- Is there any ready interpretation of thermal imaged colors and temperatures?
- At what color or temperature does an alarm should be raised?
- Is there any ready guide for end users to understand the thermal image color spectrum?
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