Material Handling

Material handling in port

Secure operation by protecting your essential machinery

Every year around 200 million containers are shipped worldwide. Of the global trade today ocean shipping represents 90% and relies on 24/7 operation for site vehicles and machinery.

However, with this continuous operation, there are increased fire safety risks at ports across the globe. There is no room for downtime. A potential fire in a port or dock environment would significantly impact the operation and surrounding environment. 

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Fire risks

Dangerous incidents, including fires and hazardous materials spills, can occur in facilities such as marinas and ports. While every port is unique in terms of its physical configuration and range of activities, fire risks remain the same.

One significant fire risk is the materials and containers stored at ports while awaiting onward transport. These need to be monitored and managed carefully. 

Another fire risk relates to all the onsite vehicles at ports, such as forklifts, reach stackers and mobile port cranes. These vehicles and machinery are in constant operation, which can lead to overheating. Also, large quantities of bulk material are being processed, creating spillage and fine dust, which can quickly spread and accumulate in different parts of the equipment, possibly causing fires.

Dafo Vehicle Fire Suppression System

Dafo Vehicle offers the most reliable and effective fire suppression systems for material handling equipment designed to survive demanding conditions and challenging working environments to secure the safety of operations.

The systems are designed to mitigate losses due to fire and reduce the impact on investment, reducing downtime, securing business continuity, and increasing the productivity of the end-users. Dafo Vehicle’s robust system not only protects individual hazards within the vehicle, but it is also a system that can easily be maintained and refilled on-site, reducing downtime and operational costs with very low TCO. 

SV K System With CV 01 And Alarm Panel 2

How the system works

The Dafo Vehicle fire suppression system consists of four integrated elements; DetectionAlarmSuppression and Control, which work together in a coordinated, fast and efficient way to suppress fires. The detection system consists of a linear heat detector wire. It has a fixed temperature sensor with an alarm signal triggered when the activation temperature of 180°C is reached. This signal punctures the burst disc of the propellant gas cartridge, which releases nitrogen into the agent container.


The Forrex liquid is distributed to the nozzles through the pipe system. At the same time, the alarm system is activated, and an alarm horn in the vehicle and a light signal in the panel will warn the driver. The liquid agent will push away the oxygen, cool down the overheated engine parts, impregnate the burning material, stick to surfaces and effectively prevent re-ignition. The Forrex is non-corrosive and environmentally friendly. 


The control unit has a Real-time Clock and Event Log that allows access to historical data, making it possible to analyze previous events.

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Fredrik Rosén, Dafo Vehicle HQ;

Fredrik Rosén

Business Line Manager - Material Handling

Dafo Vehicle - Remy Cimino;

Rémy Cimino

Business Manager - Material Handling