FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: IS THIS DEVICE COMPLIANT WITH REGULATIONS?
A: Yes. Water tight and weather tight integrity for this type of penetration is demonstrated as per SOLAS II-1 Regulation 11. A tight fitting bolted connection with a fire rated sealant also complies to ABS steel vessel rules 3-7-1/5.7. A flexible, highly intumescent BIOSTOP fireshield gasket material is attached to the back of the plate between the hasp and the bulkhead, preventing the passage of smoke, fire and water after properly installed, insuring that the Safe Escape Lock fully complies with the SOLAS FTD code. After installation, the Safe Escape Lock also complies with the USCG 46 CFR 164 and NVIC 9-97.
Q: CAN'T SOMEONE JUST CUT THE CHAIN WITH BOLT CUTTERS?
A: This “Made in the USA” chain is a 10mm ultimate security chain made of special heat-treated hardened steel. This chain is not just hardened at the surface, but is hardened throughout. The square link design has a superior cut resistance compared to a round link, and an electrogalvanized finish for corrosion resistance. It has been tried, and no one has yet to cut this chain with bolt cutters.
Q: COULDN'T SOMEONE CUT THE CHAIN WITH A PLASMA CUTTER?
A: A plasma cutter requires two things: electricity and a 220V or 440V outlet. 440 V outlets are rare on these ships. And while 220 V outlets are more available, plasma cutters still require electricity. If a vessel is under attack and is forced to go into a full lock down, it is standard operating procedure to shut down the power to the boat, leaving a plasma cutter ineffective. Plate between the hasp and the bulkhead, preventing the passage of smoke, fire and water after properly installed, insuring that the safe escape lock fully complies with the SOLAS FTD code.
Q: WHY SHOULD WE USE YOUR LOCKING SYSTEM WHEN THE METHOD WE ARE CURRENTLY USING IS PASSING USCG INSPECTIONS?
A: Safety. While the current locking methods may pass COI inspections (for now), you are only protecting your crew from half of the dangers they may encounter while at sea. Those who have seen the current hasp and lock systems recognize that most are not designed to withstand a strike. The chain and padlock systems that are currently being used are only providing (some) protection from intruders on the outside of the compartment. The Safe Escape Lock not only provides superior protection from these outside intruders, but also addresses a bigger safety issue: allowing crew members to escape locked compartments in the case of a fire or emergency in a quick, easy and consistent manner. This safety measure alone should be enough for any ship owner to want to outfit their ships with the Safe Escape Lock.
Q: COULDN'T A PIRATE SHOOT THE LOCK OFF WITH A GUN?
A: Many pad locks on the market are bullet proof. While a lock is not included in your order, we can offer locks to you. Military-grade or stainless steel padlocks are highly recommended for use with our Safe Escape Lock due to their resistance to the harsh marine environment and ballistics testing. While a padlock is not included in your order, we also offer military-grade padlocks, and can have them keyed for you. However, if you prefer to order your own padlocks, we recommend durable military grade or stainless steel padlocks with a shackle large enough to secure 2 links of our square link chain.
Q: WHY DO I NEED THIS LOCKING SYSTEM? I CAN JUST LOCK MYSELF AND THE CREW IN A ROOM FROM THE INSIDE IF THERE IS A PIRATE ATTACK.
A: According to ABS’s manual on Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy, doors and hatches must have the ability to be secured from the outside, while ensuring that the secured crew members have the ability to easily escape in case of fire or other emergency.
Q: IS YOUR PRODUCT GUARANTEED TO THWART ALL PIRATE ATTACKS?
A: Like any other legitimate company, Safe Escape Locking Systems does not guarantee that it can absolutely thwart all pirate attacks. However, we are confident that the combination of our locking system’s high quality materials and innovative design not only addresses the issue of allowing crew members to safely escape from the inside of a secured compartment, but will also deter or delay a pirate’s efforts to breach the access routes from the outside.
Q: HOW DOES IT WORK? IS IT HARD TO INSTALL?
A: Installation is simple; it is as easy as drilling two holes. No welding or hot permits required for detailed information on installation, CLICK HERE. Using the Safe Escape Lock is even easier. All you have to do is turn the large, easy-to-grip wingnut and you are out in seconds!
Installation is simple. First, mark the two spots where you will want to install the locking device (to be installed on door) and the hasp (to be installed on the bulkhead). Locations may vary door to door. These two marks should be approximately 9” horizontal from each other. Using an 11/16" drill bit, drill a hole on your door marking and your bulkhead marking (you MUST use an 11/16” bit to ensure weather, fire and smoke tightness as required by SOLAS FTD code). Insert the stud end of the lock into the hole on the door so that the lock is on the outside. Secure the stud from the inside with the provided wing nut. The lock should be firmly finger-tightened; DO NOT over-tighten with any tools as this will make it difficult to remove during an emergency.
Now, insert the stud end of the hasp piece through the hole in the bulkhead (from the outside). Secure the stud from the inside with the provided wing nut (again, this piece should only be firmly finger- tightened; DO NOT use tools or over-tighten).
After both pieces are installed, simply lock the door by inserting your padlock through the two chain links. In the case of an emergency, simply unscrew the wing nut and push the stud through. This will release the chain and allow crew members to escape the locked compartment.
A tight fitting bolted connection with a fire rated sealant also complies with ABS steel vessel rules 3-7-1/5.7. A flexible, highly intumescent BIOSTOP fireshield gasket material is attached to the back of the plate between the hasp and the bulkhead, preventing the passage of smoke, fire and water after properly installed, insuring that the safe escape lock fully complies with the SOLAS FTD code.