A Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) is a crucial piece of maritime safety equipment designed to automatically release life-saving devices, such as life rafts or EPIRBs. “Hydrostatic” is a term that relates to the properties and behavior of fluids, particularly liquids such as water. In the unfortunate case a vessel sinks or is submerged in water, the T-ISS SeaMate Ve-1 will automatically release life rafts and EPIRB’s.
The HRU is a compact, reliable, and lifesaving device that’s essential for marine safety.
The purpose of a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) is to ensure the rapid and reliable deployment of life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency at sea. This is crucial, specifically when a vessel capsizes or sinks. Here are some key purposes of the HRU:
1. Automatic Release: A Hydrostatic Release unit is designed to automatically release life rafts, EPIRBs, or other critical floatation devices when it senses that the vessel has sunk below a certain depth. This is typically around 1.5 to 4 meters underwater. This automatic release ensures that life-saving equipment is readily available and can deploy even if the crew is incapacitated or unable to do so manually.
2. Enhanced Safety: In emergency situations, time is everything. An HRU significantly reduces the response time of your crew, allowing life-saving equipment to be in the water swiftly. This increases the chances of survival for those on board. A vital key purpose in situations where evacuation must happen rapidly.
3. Reduced Human Error: As we can all understand, human error can occur during the stressful moments of an emergency. A Hydrostatic Release Unit eliminates the need for manual intervention, reducing the risk of mistakes and ensuring a seamless and timely deployment of life-saving gear.
A Hydrostatic Release Unit works quite easily. Once installed, there are no more actions for your crew to undertake. This is how it works:
Depending on what you are looking for in a HRU, the T-ISS SeaMate Ve-1 has some benefits that other HRU’s do not:
It’s essential to note that the choice between HRUs from different manufacturers should be based on a comprehensive evaluation of the specific requirements of the vessel, its operating conditions, and regulatory compliance.
We are happy to answer any related questions you have about the T-ISS SeaMate Ve-1 HRU.