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Interest increases in marine dampers

Demand for specially designed fire and smoke control products for the maritime and offshore industry is gathering pace.

Actionair, a brand of the Ruskin Air Management group, is seeing considerable interest in its range of A-60 marine dampers built in its factory in Whitstable, Kent as the international maritime industry continues to thrive.

The dampers are available with galvanised casings and 430 grade stainless steel blades or, as an option, in 316 grade stainless steel casings and blades. They satisfy the rigorous corrosion resistance and vibration control standards required by all international maritime testing agencies. They are corrosion tested to BSEN 60068-2-52 (severity 2 conditions) and vibration tested to BSEN 60068-2-6.

The A-60 is ideal for dry filtered air and is tested and approved for fitting to class A-60 divisions (bulkheads and decks), when suitably insulated. The A-60 damper has undergone extensive fire testing in single and multiple arrangements.

Actionair recently supplied more than 150 of these dampers to the largest and most expensive private yacht in the world. The Azzam was launched last year and, at 180m (590ft) in length, she has pushed the Eclipse yacht of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovic into second place.

Azzam is larger than many ocean-going liners and is owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. Built by the German boat builder Lurssen at a cost of almost £500m, it is designed to travel at a high speed of over 30 knots “in warm and shallow waters, while providing luxurious and sophisticated accommodation”.