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FM 200 By Amrat Panwar in meo class II Edit Doc Replacing halon with fm-200 If youre building a new vessel

l or retrofitting a halon system on an existing one, the best fire protection decision you can make is to select a Gielle FM200 Fire Suppression System. The Gielle Marine System is the most optioned system as a Halon replacement system. Often, the system can be dropped into existing pipework reducing retrofit time and costs. Halon 1301 Drop-In: The combination of the aforementioned features allows the system to be used as a virtual drop-in replacement for existing halon installations. Most changes are limited to agent storage cylinder and nozzle replacement. Heres why: Life Safety. The FM-200 clean agent works by interrupting the fire on a molecular level, not by taking oxygen from the protected space. So it is the preferred fire suppression agent for protection of shipboard spaces where crew or other occupants may be present. Marine Approvals. Gielle FM-200 Systems are approved for use in marine applications such as machinery spaces and flammable liquid storage areas by major regulatory agencies. Weight. Gielle FM-200 Systems weigh less than either carbon dioxide or water mist systems. So they provide more fuel-efficient solutions to shipboard fire protection. Space. Gielle FM-200 Systems take up less space than other types of fire suppression systems. This means more room for revenue-generating cargo or passengers. General description The Gielle FM-200 Marine System is a clean agent suppression system intended for use in total flooding applications on marine vessels. Its high-

performance discharge capability is well suited to both Halon retrofit and large hazards. Whether youre refitting an old halon system or building new, the Gielle Marine System is for you. FM-200 Fire Suppression System are used to suppress fires in specific hazards or equipment where an electrically non-conductive agent is required, where agent cleanup creates a problem, where extinguishing capability with a low weight is desired and where the hazard is normally occupied Gielle FM-200 systems are intended to protect spaces containing the following hazards: Class A - surface type fireswood or other cellulose type material Class B - flammable liquids Class C - energized electrical equipment The system offers versatile protection for small, medium and large shipboard applications including machinery spaces. Fm-200 extinguishing agent FM-200 (1,1,1,2,3,3,3 - heptafluoropropane) is a compound of carbon, fluorine and hydrogen (CF3CHFCF3). It is colorless, odorless and electrically non-conductive. It suppresses fire by a combination of chemical and physical mechanisms without affecting the available oxygen. This allows personnel to see and breathe, permitting them to leave the fire area safely. Unnecessary exposure to FM-200 or any clean agent should be avoided per marine regulations. In the very unlikely instance where a discharge occurs in an occupied space, personnel will be able to see and breathe, permitting them to leave the area safely. As such, the system is authorized for use in normally occupied spaces. FM-200 has acceptable toxicity for use in occupied spaces when agent concentration is in accordance with NFPA 2001, and the applicable rules of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and US Coast Guard.

Fm-200 system hardware FM-200 is stored in steel cylinders superpressurized with nitrogen to 360 psig. The cylinder valve assembly is equipped with a supervisory pressure switch connection for monitoring cylinder pressure. A pressure gauge and a safety disc are fitted to the valve in accordance with DOT requirements. Other system components include mounting brackets, control heads, pull stations, pilot cylinders, flex hoses, discharge delays, sirens, check valves, nozzles, etc. System controls can be configured to comply with all marine regulatory requirements.

Flexible Storage Location: Gielle Marine System cylinders can be stored further away from the hazard being protected, providing increased flexibility when choosing container storage location. FM-200 piping design is accomplished with Gielle flow calculation software which performs the complex flow calculations necessary to maximize agent distribution with a discharge time of ten seconds or less. Halon 1301 Drop-In: The combination of the aforementioned features allows the system to be used as a virtual drop-in replacement for existing halon installations. Most changes are limited to agent storage cylinder and nozzle replacement. The Gielle Marine System is the most optioned system as a Halon replacement system. Often, the system can be dropped into existing pipework reducing retrofit time and costs. Marine approvals In addition to land-based approvals, the Gielle FM-200 System engineered fire suppression system is approved for use in marine applications such as machinery spaces and flammable liquid storage areas by the marine regulatory bodies. System design, installation, service

Gielle provide the servicesdesign & installation, retrofit, recharge, and maintenancenecessary to keep your Gielle system functioning properly and in compliance with Marine fire protection regulations. DECOMMISSIONING A HALON SYSTEM Decommissioning is a Two Step Process Decommissioning a Halon system from service is usually a two-step process. The first step, field decommissioning, takes place at the site where the fire protection system is located. During this step, the Halon cylinders are disconnected from the system hardware such as manifolds and piping. The second step usually takes place offsite and involves reclaiming the Halon agent from the removed cylinders. Purpose of Decommissioning Decommissioning is undertaken to remove the existing Halon system from service, replace the Halon system with an alternative means of fire protection, and/or recover the Halon from the system so it can be made available for use in other applications. As Halon supplies become increasingly scarce, decommissioned Halon supplies will be an important source to meet the future fire protection needs of critical applications. Who Should Perform Decommissioning Proper decommissioning procedures are required to assure that vital Halon resources are not inadvertently discharged into the atmosphere during the recovery process and to maintain a safe working environment for individuals involved in the decommissioning process. Accordingly, the decommissioning of Halon systems should only be performed by properly trained person