Why is CO gas transmitter so important?
Gas is an essential ingredient on any sea vessel - whether it is used as fuel or for heating and power. As useful as they are, the presence and management of gases can also be very dangerous. In marine environments where confined spaces are commonplace, the gas becomes even more dangerous—risks of illness and death often increase tenfold when stored and used on ocean-going vessels. Carbon monoxide is one of the most famous and deadly gases commonly found on ships. Carbon monoxide is one of the most common types of deadly air poisoning in the world — it causes more than 100 million accidental deaths each year and was one of the top five known fatalities for sailors by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2017. Therefore, the use of gas transmitters is very necessary.
Carbon monoxide on board
Carbon monoxide has multiple uses and can be emitted from a variety of sources on marine vessels – from heating systems and gas stoves to generators and engines. Carbon monoxide can also be produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood, and coal. Some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide spills on marine vessels include:
*Fumes escaping from solid fuel stoves
*Exhaust gases from ship engines or generators
Why is carbon monoxide so deadly?
Since carbon monoxide builds up in confined spaces, it can pose a serious threat to life if not detected early. When carbon monoxide enters the body, it displaces oxygen in the blood, preventing the blood from delivering oxygen to vital organs including the heart and brain. Often referred to as the "silent killer," carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, meaning it cannot be sensed or identified by the senses alone, so its presence in large quantities when inhaled in large quantities can kill quickly.
Although carbon monoxide poisoning occurs quickly and without warning, some of the main symptoms to look out for include:
It's also important to understand the effects of long-term exposure to small amounts of carbon monoxide -- which can pose equally serious health hazards. In extreme cases, paralysis and brain damage may occur. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning usually occurs at night. The crew were sleeping at the time and were unaware of the effects of the gas leak. This is a particularly worrisome risk for ships with live-in crew or passengers without warning or opportunity to wake up.
Why is fast and reliable gas detection important?
Sensible precautions can prevent the risk of death and serious illness or injury from a toxic gas release. Gas detectors are one of the main protection systems that any sea vessel needs to employ to prevent potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks.
When installing a gas transmission detector, it is important to consider the size of the vessel and the type of vessel - often a mix of fixed and portable equipment is required to provide complete coverage.
JXCT portable gas detectors
Our JXCT portable gas detectors are designed with safety in mind, using cutting-edge infrared technology to prevent sensor poisoning and drift. It is durable, solid and reliable.
Our JXCT gas detection monitors can also be used for early detection of carbon monoxide as well as oxygen, methane and hydrogen sulfide. Our portable and fixed gas detection solutions can be combined to provide 360-degree solutions and waterproof protection. Using our world-class, top-of-the-line detectors as your first line of defense against potentially deadly gas leaks ensures your full compliance and the continued safety of your crew for total peace of mind and safety.