USCG and CMTI Warn of Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers

Marinelink.com
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Beware of counterfeit U.S. Coast Guard-approved portable fire extinguishers.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it was made aware of counterfeit extinguishers said to be manufactured by Amerex Corporation and Buckeye Fish Equipment.

“Both companies are major producers of genuine approved fire extinguishing equipment,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a marine safety alert issued in March 2013.

“Counterfeit portable fire extinguishers pose a safety hazard for any vessel that has one on board,” said Chesapeake Marine Training Institute’s President and Founder, Capt. Guy Sorensen.

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute offers firefighting courses to professional and recreational mariners, and training includes understanding firefighting equipment and practical, live fire exercises.

The largest concern with counterfeit fire extinguishers is that their ability to extinguish a fire effectively is unproven, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

How can you tell if your portable fire extinguisher is counterfeit? According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are several identifiable features:

1.    Duplicate serial numbers.
2.    The labels. Labels on “counterfeit extinguishers may be simply printed. Labels on genuine approved extinguishers will include a security imprint / texture behind the UL LISTED logo, classification, testing and approval data. Genuine Amerex Corporation extinguishers will have a pattern of scored circles, and genuine Buckeye Fire Equipment extinguishers will have the letter S scored into the label.”
3.    Check the bottom of the extinguisher. A counterfeit extinguisher has a rounded curved-in lip and will be missing a date stamped on the bottom.
4.    Counterfeit extinguishers will have welded seams in the sides of the cylinder and red or black handles, vs. silver-colored aluminum on the genuine handles.

If an extinguisher is suspected to be counterfeit, contact the U.S. Coast Guard at typeapproval@uscg.mil and anticounterfeiting@us.ul.com with a description of the unit, photographs of the unit from the front and rear, bottom and close-up images of the label.

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from

SENER Develops Multipurpose Subsea Support Vessel

Operators are demanding more efficient, less consuming and more capable vessels, while shipbuilders need to achieve it in a very competitive environment. As a ship design firm,

Odfjell Names Mørch President, CEO

The board of directors of Odfjell SE has appointed Kristian Mørch as the company's new president and CEO. He will succeed current president and CEO Tore Jakobsen by November 1, 2015.

Coast Guard

USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from

6,800 Migrants Rescued as Med Seas Abate

One of busiest weekends for sea crossings this year. Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including

USCG Establishes Diver Specialty

The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the establishment of the diver enlisted rating and corresponding chief warrant officer specialty. About 50 enlisted personnel

Maritime Safety

USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from

IMCA Publishes Guidelines for DP OSV Safe Operations

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations in close proximity to offshore installations. Dynamic positioning (DP) is well-established

6,800 Migrants Rescued as Med Seas Abate

One of busiest weekends for sea crossings this year. Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including

Vessels

USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from

SENER Develops Multipurpose Subsea Support Vessel

Operators are demanding more efficient, less consuming and more capable vessels, while shipbuilders need to achieve it in a very competitive environment. As a ship design firm,

MAN GenSets for Chilean Fishing Vessel

MAN Diesel & Turbo received an order for three MAN 6L21/31 gensets to power a wellboat newbuilding for Patagonia Wellboat, the Chilean fish-farming operator. The

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2009 sec (5 req/sec)