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Drew Marine Firefighting Foam Concentrate Solution

In June 2009, the IMO issued MSC.1/Circ 1312 “Revised Guidelines for the Performance and Testing Criteria of Foam Concentrates for Fixed Fire Extinguishing Systems.” This circular superseded MSC.1/Circ 582 and MSC.1/Circ 799 and added new test criteria for both type approvals and periodic testing.

As of 1 July 2012, Existing Type Approval to MSC 582 and MSC 799 will be invalid
Since the issuance of the circular, most Flag Administrations have adopted the guidelines into their regulations and have been requiring an annual small scale fire test for alcohol-resistant protein based foams. In addition, as of 1 July 2012 existing type approvals to MSC 582 and MSC 799 will become invalid. A vessel must show a valid type approval certificate that states the concentrate complies with the testing requirements of MSC 1312. A major change to the test criteria regards alcohol resistant or multi purpose foam concentrates. Now, the standard test fuel must be acetone or isopropyl alcohol, in the past, a hydrocarbon fuel may have been used .

All Vessels Should Inspect Type Approval Certificates Immediately
In order to assure regulatory compliance and avoid costly port state control detentions, Drew Marine is advising our customers to inspect the type approval certificates of their vessel’s firefighting foam concentrates immediately. The certificate must say “Tested According to IMO MSC.1/Circ 1312” as highlighted in yellow on the attached DNV Type Approval. If the certificate states “tested in accordance with MSC 582”, it is not valid after 1 July 2012.

We Offer the First Foam Concentrate to Receive a MED Wheelmark from DNV
Drew Marine offers a superior range of firefighting foam concentrate for replacement of existing foam concentrates. All of our foams have been tested to the latest IMO criteria and passed with flying colors. We are most proud of our new generation 3-6% AR-AFFF that is a direct replacement for AR-FP in existing systems without major system modifications. In addition, Drew Marine / Chemguard’s 3-6 % AR-AFFF has better knockdown properties and a longer shelf life than traditional AR-FP foams. It is the first foam concentrate to receive a MED wheelmark from DNV.

CLICK HERE for more information about the regulation change and our solution.

CLICK HERE to view the DNV MED Type Approval for 3/6% AR AFFF.

CLICK HERE to download IMO MSC.1/Circ.1312.