Apollo ensures safe harbour at Portland Marina

A new marina on the South coast of England, which will be one of the venues for sailing events during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has been equipped with an Apollo-based fire detection system.  Owners Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas awarded the contract to supply the fire protection to H W Smith & Son (Contracting) Ltd.

Portland Marina is situated at Weymouth, Dorset, and has been designed to be a world-class sailing destination. It offers berthing for vessels up to 44 metres in length and a full boatyard service, including lift-out and storage ashore. The berths are fully serviced and there are shoreside facilities such as a washroom, a laundry room and showers, as well as a free internet café, bar and restaurant.

A fire detection system was required to provide constant protection to the marina facilities building, restaurant building, 13 business units and four boat workshops.

David Smith, managing director of H W Smith & Son, explains:

“As the site is manned 24/7 and the business and workshop units are let to tenants, we agreed on a solution based on Apollo’s conventional technology. This offers a number of benefits to the client, including reduced costs, simplified future maintenance and greater adaptability to changes of use. We recommended Apollo fire detection products because they have proved very reliable in the past.”

The distributed fire detection system comprises 19 Channel Fire control panels in total, varying from six-zone models in the main buildings to single zone models in the individual business units. There are 40 manual call points installed around the complex and a combination of Apollo Series 65 optical smoke detectors and fixed and rate-of-rise heat detectors has been used to meet the local environmental conditions. In addition to internal audio-visual devices, the fire system includes 18 IP65-rated sounder beacons, which are installed externally to communicate an alarm anywhere in the boatyard.

Russ Levett, manager of Portland Marina, says:

“Our fire system offers the simplicity of the ‘break glass’ option for customers in an emergency while working with other essential equipment to provide comprehensive fire protection. For example, the system interfaces with the fire-resistant shuttering in the main offices.

“Portland Marina opened in April 2009 and we haven’t required any technical or customer service support since then, other than routine maintenance. The system is very easy to use and we are very happy with its performance to date.”