Fire aboard a ship presents several unique challenges and considerations. First and foremost, a ship fire can be exceptionally dangerous as it can be problematic to evacuate those who are in danger. Secondly, the fire may not only damage the ship creating a precarious situation for all aboard but may also consume valuable cargo resulting in a significant financial loss.
Ship firefighting is typically dangerous and complex due several inherent factors. The intricate vertical and horizontal design of the compartments, the cargo stored may be unknown or known to be hazardous combined with the lack of initial resources further intensifies the typical risks of firefighting.
Fognails provide a solution by creating a flexible sprinkler system to use in compartments and containers. By cooling the smoke and the materials inside the compartment the fire can be suppressed, without placing firefighters inside. A fire may be attacked through a wall, floor or ceiling depending on what is the most effective and safe solution for that incident. Either the fire can be suppressed and contained until special firefighting crews arrive to extinguish the fire, or if it is deemed safe, the firefighters may open the compartment and ventilate before mounting an interior attack and extinguishing the fire.