A more environmentally friendly alternative is currently being used

Sea-Fire Europe is to cease distribution of fire suppression equipment using hydrofluorocarbon-based (HFC) agents for a more environmentally friendly alternative.

The move, according to a company news release, is designed to proactively counter supply issues arising from the mandated phase-down of HFC use in the EU. Sea-Fire “strongly believes that it is the responsible action to take, given the adverse impact [HFCs] have on the environment.”

Sea-Fire Europe has begun using a proven alternative, 3M Novec 1230 fire suppression fluid. It is electrically non-corrosive, so it will not harm machinery or delicate electronic systems. With a negligible global warming potential, it has a low toxicity value, high safety factor and is safer for human exposure.

HFCs are a group of man-made gaseous agents frequently used in fire suppression and HVAC systems.

As part of the original 1987 Montreal Protocol that dealt with phasing out Halon, regulations were put in place to reduce HFCs by means of a quota system. 2018 saw a reduction of 37% from 2015, with more reductions scheduled. The phase-down is already creating HFC-based suppression agent shortages that is driving up prices.

“Information on climate change tends to be confusing, often contradictory and seemingly endless, said Ernie Ellis, Sea-Fire Marine president. “But we’re taking the first step in Europe to protecting people and property at sea.”