1230 Clean Agent System

Traditionally, fire extinguishing systems for the offshore and maritime industry have contained components harmful to the environment and personnel, such as Halon and CO₂.
The 1230 system is a high quality, compliant fire extinguishing system using a clean agent. The system is both environmentally friendly and harmless to people. The solution is particulary suited for rooms with sensitive equipment and vessels where space is limited.

KEY FEATURES

  • Large nozzle coverage designed specifically for the offshore and marine industry, with a unique nozzle discharge pattern
  • In many cases, existing piping arrangements can be utilised for halon retrofits
  • Extinguishing fluid used has no environmental impact

BENEFITS

  • A high quality & compliant clean agent fire extinguishing system
  • A true Halon replacement alternative with the possibility
    of utilising existing pipe installations
  • Designed for optimum system performance
  • Large nozzle coverage, with a unique nozzle discharge pattern
  • Small pipe dimensions
  • For service purposes, replacement Novec 1230 fluid is available worldwide
  • Saving installation space and weight
  • Easy installation and low installation cost
  • Safe for use in occupied spaces, with no risk of human asphyxiation
  • Extinguishing fluid used has no measurable environmental impact

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
SYSTEM DESCRIPTION AND CONFIGURATION

The 1230 Clean Agent System uses Novec 1230 fluid developed by 3M. The fluid is stored in steel cylinders, pressurised with nitrogen to 34.5 bar at 21℃. The cylinder valve outlets are connected to distribution pipes with discharge nozzles via flexible hoses.
The cylinder valve assembly can be equipped with a supervisory pressure switch connection for monitoring cylinder pressure, a pressure gauge and a safety burst disc. The valves can be activated electrically, pneumatically or manually.
Installations can be flexible depending on storage accessibility:

Central system

  • Cylinders can be located in a centrally stored bank outside the protected space
  • Distribution valves and piping are provided for each space

Modular system

  • Cylinders can be evenly located inside or adjacent to the protected space
  • Duplicated release lines connecting the cylinders are required


Extinguishing fire using NOVEC 1230
The 1230 Clean Agent System uses Novec 1230 which is stored as fluid and dischared as gas. The system extinguishes fire by removing the heat from the fire while it absorb the heat at its low boiling temperature.
A low design concentration of 4 to 6% in combination with a high No Observable Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) of 10% gives a safety margin of up to 100%. The US EPA Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) classifies Novec 1230 fluid as acceptable for use as a total flooding agent in occupied spaces.

 

Environmental properties comparison
The below table compares Novec 1230 fluid with other gaseous fire extinguishing agents in the market:

Properties 

Novec 1230

Halon 1211

Halon 1301 

HFC-227ea (FM-200)

HFC-236fa 

HCFC Blend B

Ozone Depleting
Potential (ODP)

0.0

4.0

12.0

0.0

0.0

0.014

Global Warming
Potential-IPCC 20011

1

13002

69002

3500

9400

1203

Atmospheric Lifetime (years)

0.014

11.0

65

33

220.0

1.4

SNAP (Yes/No)

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes/ Phase-out

1 IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Method 100 Year (ITH)
2 Global Warming Potential 1998 WMO Method 100 Year (ITH)
3 Data based on HCFC-123 only – also contains CF4 

 

 

Central System Configuration (Click to view)

Modular System configuration (Click to view)

SYSTEM APPLICATIONS

  • Machinery spaces Category A
  • Cargo pump rooms
  • Paint and flammable liquid lockers
  • Control rooms
  • Switch board rooms
  • Any spaces needing fire protection (also possible for inerting spaces)
  • Cargo compressor rooms on gas tankers

The system is applicable where space is a premium, and can protect high/low voltage switchboard rooms and computer service installations.

Tankers

Survitec 1230 Clean Agent Tanekr

 


Oil tankers

Survitec 1230 Clean Agent Oil Tanker

LPG

RULES AND REGULATIONS
The 1230 Clean Agent System fulfils the requirements of IMO MSC/Circ. 848 and MSC.1/Circ. 1267, and is equivalent to Fire Extinguishing Systems required by SOLAS 1974 as amended, Chapter II-2.
The system can be applied on merchant maritime and offshore structures as design is in accordance to SOLAS, class requirements and IMO MODU Code.

 

 

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This system was previously known as the Unitor 1230 Clean Agent System.

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