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Parker Kittiwake launches breakthrough Water Test Kit to protect passengers and crew

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unnamed (52)Detects presence of bacteria and confirms efficiency of a vessel’s water disinfection system

LONDON – 10 November 2016 – Parker Kittiwake, a leading global manufacturer of condition monitoring technologies, has today announced the launch of its new HPC Water Test Kit. The kit represents a breakthrough for testing the overall microbiological cleanliness of a vessel’s system, quickly alerting seafarers to potential safety risks and prompting action before further contamination occurs. With a single sample, mariners can detect the presence of harmful bacteria and confirm the efficiency of a vessel’s water disinfection system, without the need for specific training.

The improper management of water is a long established route for infectious disease transmission onboard vessels. Ships represent an isolated community with close accommodation, shared sanitary facilities and common food and water supplies. Such conditions can be favourable to the rapid spread of infectious diseases and frequent water testing is therefore essential to maintaining high operational standards.

Parker Kittiwake’s HPC Water Test Kit enables Heterotrophic Plate Counts (HPC) to be conducted easily and safely onboard, and provides the crew with an indication of the overall microbiological cleanliness of a vessel’s system. The test reveals the number of bacterial colony forming units (CFU) present in the volume of sample tested, which provide an overall indication of the microbiological cleanliness of potable and recreational water systems. With this simple, proactive and preventive measure, the good sanitary conditions that are crucial to the health and welfare of passengers and crew can be safeguarded.

Under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 every ship is required to have a Water Safety Plan (WSP) as well as onboard testing. Signatories – which include nine of the top ten largest registries, and nearly 80 in total – must also facilitate inspections by Port Health Authorities (PHA) of any visiting commercial ship over 500 g.t., and PHAs may detain vessels if testing finds that water is not of an acceptable quality.

Larry Rumbol, Condition Monitoring Market Development Manager (Marine), said: “Outbreaks of illness due to contaminated water are a persistent challenge at sea, and when infectious diseases strike they can have a considerable impact on a ship’s operational abilities. In extreme circumstances when health and protective measures have to be implemented, microbial risks can even become impediments to international trade. By taking sensible and simple pre-emptive steps it is possible to protect passengers and crew from bacterial transmission.”

Rumbol concluded: “Providing mariners with simple, intuitive tools that don’t require the provision of extensive training is the best way to ensure they have the right information to effectively manage the condition of their vessels. The Parker Kittiwake HPC Water Test Kit provides an easy-to-use and effective tool for the routine monitoring of potable and recreational water quality, as well as delivering an operational indicator of the effectiveness of water disinfection, and its trends. In addition it is safe to use, with no risk of cross contamination and the test level minima are far in excess of conventional dip slide tests”

For more than two decades, Parker Kittiwake has designed, developed and manufactured simple to use condition monitoring and test equipment. Seafarers the world over use Parker Kittiwake equipment to gain vital insights into the health of their vessels’, and the HPC Water Test is an important addition to the company’s comprehensive suite of condition-based maintenance (CBM) products.

About Parker Kittiwake 

Parker Kittiwake is a leading manufacturer of condition monitoring solutions for analysing fuel and oil, gas emissions, and acoustic emissions. Engineers rely on Parker Kittiwake products to gain vital insights into the health of engines and machinery, enabling rapid and informed decision-making on critical operational matters.

Parker Kittiwake is a Parker Hannifin company. With annual sales of $11 billion in fiscal year 2016, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company has operations in 49 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 60 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.parker.com, or its investor information website at www.phstock.com.

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