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Matanzas Super Tanker Base: Unceasing work is done to control the fire (+ Photos and Videos)

Statements from ✍🏼 Rolando Isaac Nogueira Castro, Senior Fire Safety Specialist and National Fire Extinguisher, shared by Bohemia.

❓ What happens today Sunday?

πŸ‘‰ The first tank on fire has already deformed its fuel and expelled its fuel to the retaining wall. It must be turned into a mass of twisted iron, burning all the residue and what little fuel it has left. It shouldn’t pose any danger.

πŸ‘‰ The second tank (to the left of the first one) that caught fire early Saturday at 4:00 am, is the one that generates that large amount of flames and expelled some of its burnt fuel to the wall. Since it is under the influence of high temperatures and not cooled, the metal is subject to heat killing and reaches the point of fatigue, cracked and with its twisted plates it has to expel fuel towards the inside of the wall.

πŸ‘‰ His danger is what affects side tank number three (left).

πŸ‘‰ We have a third tank there. His danger, and the greatest danger today, is that he is under attack from the flames from his neighbour’s fire, and let’s add that the usual winds, all day Saturday, were in his direction.

πŸ“Œ What is the difference between the first day and today Sunday?

πŸ‘‰ The first day, the fire was in one tank and there was much more danger. Since the tank had burned two tanks around it (one on the right and one on the left); The danger was shared on both sides and so the efforts were cooled down. In fact, cooling through a tank had to be guaranteed.

πŸ‘‰ Also, there was a column of flames that reached a kilometer high and this was due to the tranquility that was there and helps to transmit the heat through radiation in all directions. But from early Saturday morning, the usual wind started to change and blow in a specific direction, towards tank three.

πŸ‘‰ Not like this today. By now one tank should be almost exhausted and no threat. So the tank on your right is not in danger.

πŸ‘‰ Tank two, with abundant flames, is not a threat, but on the left side, so that it is better to concentrate resources in one direction.

πŸ‘‰ Three is very dangerous because it is related to the area of ​​the flames and the direction of the wind. He is the one who needs the most attention.

❓ What to do then?

πŸ‘‰ The first thing I repeat is to ensure adequate cooling.

πŸ‘‰ About 100 l/s of water is needed continuously to cool such a tank. This can only be done with powerful monitoring pythons, which have a powerful water jet flight distance, to reach the tank from a distance.

πŸ‘‰ Calculate yourself, 100 l/s in 1 hour of work is at least 360 thousand liters of water. It is impossible and impractical to guarantee cooling by transporting water in pipes and trucks. Therefore, he has to look for another option in terms of transport and to guarantee water supply, and the most reliable option is the sea.

πŸ‘‰ Water diversion schemes must be made from the bay with powerful pumps that take the water to an area near the fire. So, later we can talk about cooling.

πŸ‘‰ Guaranteed cooling, on the first tank three is at greater risk, and therefore, tank two is already on fire.

πŸ‘‰ We cannot apply foam to the tank fire, as long as it is not well cooled, because the client destroys the foam. That’s why cooling is important. It also preserves the life of the tank and prevents deformation.

πŸ‘‰ The foam is applied in one hit and in case it does not take effect, the attack is canceled and prepared again. Because the fact is that if the foam does not have an effect, it is worn for pleasure.

πŸ‘‰ In Cuba there are personnel prepared, trained and experienced in extinguishing these fires. Cuban firefighters know how to organize and put out fires like this. I say this because many want to deny the work of our firefighters.

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