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Portable Marine Fire Pump

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Posted by Michelle Howard

A new lightweight portable fire pump designed specifically for salt water applications has been released by Australian Pump Industries. Called the 'Sea Skipper' QP205SED, the new pump is diesel powered and self-primes from depths of 7.6m.

Aussie's Sea Skipper has evolved from the Fire Chief, claimed to be the world's best portable lightweight fire pump. The Chief was developed in response to Australian bushfires. Australian fire authorities, farmers and even domestic users have to annually protect their assets from potentially catastrophic fires.

The marine version of that pump, the Sea Skipper QP205SED, incorporates a range of special features that make it ideal for any marine application. These range from super yachts to tugs, trawlers and even patrol boats.

"Conventional fresh water fire pumps will handle salt water up to a point" said Aussie Pumps Chief Engineer, John Hales. "Eventually, even with high grade marine aluminium, calcification and corrosion set in" he said.

The Sea Skipper features bronze impellers and volute. That prevents the main issue with aluminium components 'grafting' onto one another. If salt water was left inside the pump chamber, the Sea Skipper is also protected by a unique epoxy coating applied to the pump housing, both inside and out. The pump offers additional protection through a sacrificial anode that is fitted to minimize corrosion.

The designers dealt with the issue of fasteners by using all 316 stainless steel. A heavy duty, hot dip galvanised carry frame with sub base anti-vibration mounts completes the package.

The whole unit only weighs 55kg and can be picked up and carried easily by two able-bodied people. "It functions as both an emergency fire pump and salvage pump" said Hales "The high flow of up to 450 lpm could be the difference between whether the vessel is lost or saved. The high pressure performance, up to 100 psi, turns the Skipper into an exceptionally efficient and practical fire-fighting pump" he said.

Since its initial announcements to the trade, the Aussie Sea Skipper range has been applied to Australian Navy vessels, workboats and pleasure crafts.

"We've even air-freighted products to Monaco for emergency installation on super yachts! Other conventional pumps have failed because of their low quality material and poor construction" he said.

To protect the engine, Aussie Pumps have released a cover for the Sea Skipper made from the special fabric developed by the U.S Navy and marketed under the Envelop name. Envelop covers suck the moisture out of the atmosphere, keeping the prime components of the engine free from corrosion. This extensively adds life to the key drive asset.

Envelop covers are designed to be a perfect fit and have an integrated hold down system so they can't be blown off in a stiff breeze or even a gale.

"Because of the huge volume of the Fire Chief parent product, prices for the Sea Skipper are remarkably low if compared to a bronze or stainless steel pump of equal capacity" said Hales. "The package is compact, lightweight, super effective and suitable for purpose" he said.

Further information including free technical data and performance information is available from the Australian Pump Industries.

Sep 1, 2017

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