Traditional pipe-joining methods for shipbuilding are time-consuming and can pose significant safety concerns with the use of a torch or flame for welding and brazing pipe connections. Along with safety concerns, these methods present efficiency, labor and regulatory challenges. These challenges and concerns can be solved with the installation of mechanically attached fittings (MAFs), rather than pipe fittings that require welding or brazing. Advances in technology mean there are an array of fittings for installations and repairs for a variety of materials. These types of innovative fittings are versatile and can provide consistent connections without the need for fire watches or hot work permits. They promote substantial labor reduction with consistent first time quality and simplified testing/commissioning of systems.