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Marine Fire Suppression Applications

Clean agent fire protection for commercial shipping and pleasure craft

In marine fire suppression applications, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers a number of important advantages over other clean agents and CO2. Its low acute toxicity, combined with high extinguishing efficiency, give Novec 1230 fluid a significant margin of safety, even at relatively high extinguishing concentrations – making it ideal for occupied spaces including engine and pump rooms, paint lockers, and communication and control centers.

This clean agent halon alternative is a highly-efficient fire suppression material that is ideal for use in commercial marine, military and pleasure craft fire protection systems:

  • Is non-corrosive and electrically non-conductive, so it will not harm delicate electronics, radar, navigation and other equipment
  • Evaporates quickly and completely
  • Leaves no residue
  • Can be safely used on energized equipment, helping to ensure continuity of operations during a fire emergency
  • Significant space and weight savings compared to inert gas and CO2

Marine fire protection systems using Novec 1230 fluid can be recharged while the cylinders remain onboard, helping to simplify operations.

Because Novec 1230 fluid is a liquid at room temperature, and stored at low vapor pressure, agent handling and charging of systems using Novec 1230 fluid is greatly simplified, and can be accomplished without moving the cylinders offsite – saving you time, and ensuring uninterrupted protection of your assets. The liquid is shipped non-pressurized, so refilling after discharge is a straightforward procedure.

The liquid state of Novec 1230 fluid also allows for efficient use of space, requiring about the same number of cylinders as conventional halocarbon agents and many fewer cylinders than inert gas or CO2 systems. Unlike high-pressure alternatives, this advanced clean agent can be shipped safely by air in bulk quantities, classified as non-hazardous and, thus, without restrictions.

The long-term, sustainable solution for marine fire protection systems

From its initial development, Novec 1230 fluid was designed to address the global demand for a halon or CO2 replacement that is safe, effective and not subject to current or anticipated regulatory restrictions, nor scheduled or targeted for future phaseout. With zero ozone depletion potential, short atmospheric lifetime and a global warming potential of 1, Novec 1230 fluid has proven to be the first chemical halon alternative to offer a viable, long-term, sustainable solution for marine fire protection.

Fire protection systems using Novec 1230 fluid have received the Certificate of Type Approval from the MCA, and have been successfully submitted for certification by marine approval authorities around the world. Follow this link to the complete listing of marine regulatory approvals for Novec 1230 fluid.


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