In the marine industry, one of the most costly parts of being in business is dealing with humidity issues. Between the annual refurbishment, necessary structural maintenance, and the cost of consistent renovations to try to keep your crew happy, the price of a little water vapor can be extreme. When you do try to cut costs, and put that much needed maintenance off until a littler later, the Coast Guard could decommission your ship for safety, structural, and regulatory violations.
Get Your Humidity Issues under Control
The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring the safety and regulation of marine vessels. And unfortunately, if your fleet or vessel is deemed unfit for sea, you could lose significantly on profits and work during those expensive renovations. But the issues are more than just regulation—they’re safety issues.
Safety Hazards of Humidity in Marine Vessels
The engine, fire, and bunking rooms of your marine fleet are essential to their proper functioning. But when the relative humidity is too high, your vessel could pose a huge safety risk to your crew. In addition to the health risks associated with high humidity levels (i.e. respiratory disease), they could be too close to an electrical system when it shorts, sparks, and sets aflame. Then, not only will your vessel be damaged, but your crew may be out of commission for an extended amount of time to heal up. Windshield fogging and window condensation can cause accidents as well as create structural damage in the wheelhouse.
Keep the Coast Guard Happy
Humidity is the #1 issue we hear about from our clients in the marine industry. But it’s more than just the discomfort of your crew in the bunk rooms down below. Humidity and condensation can build up in your fire equipment rooms. This dangerous circumstance can’t be permitted to occur because it could short out your entire electrical system or seize valves.
Regulatory Hazards of High Humidity in Marine Vessels
In addition to safety, humidity also poses a threat to the structure of your marine fleet. When condensation builds up in the walls, mold can grow and cause serious structural damage. The ropes onboard can become rotted, causing untimely breakage, and bunking rooms can have walls that seem to breathe. All of these are cause for alarm on their own, but if the Coast Guard finds them, they could be the simple switch that flips to shut you down.
Learn More About Marine Humidity Control Methods
There is more than one way to clean a fish, and there is more than one way to deal with humidity issues. If the standard methods of using extreme air conditioning and spending money on expensive renovations aren’t working for you, consider adding a humidifying system to your fleet.
This seemingly simple solution is growing in popularity because it’s affordable, reliable, and consistent. Learn more about benefits of adding a humidifier to your fleet with the experts at Therma-Stor now.