From Marine16 & First Marine Services
for their new fire retardant product range.
FIREWALL the LIFESAVER
FIREWALL is a range of exciting new Fire Retardant and Fire Resistant products, developed by Marine16,who have already been responsible for developing cost-effective biocides for fuel preservation & performance, and compounds for vessel and vehicle safety and maintenance.
The prime reasons for the successful development and production of the FIREWALL products is specifically to gain extra valuable time to either extinguish an on-board fire or to evacuate the vessel & save lives.
Marine16 have breitling replica now developed and produced a Fire Resistant blend for single part paint used for grp, wood, metals and a separate Fire Retardant compound for fabrics.
The blend, when mixed with suitable paints, gives effective flame spread protection and extreme fire damage protection to the substrate.
In recent trials, the painted GRP has withstood direct blowlamp flame giving a surface temperature of 1040deg.C in excess of 40 minutes. While only a small amount of resin was vaporised, there was no smoke and no flames, with only minimal localised damage.
The same test procedure has been successfully repeated on painted wooden surfaces of different wood types, with a promising end result of localised charring only; no fire, no smoke and no flames.
When hand-spray applied to fabrics, an immense reluctance to ignition is also demonstrated.
The surface temperature of any material immediately behind and in contact with all treated objects reached around 100deg.C.
On one test, two lengths of 15mm. copper tube were used. The un-painted copper pipe section was set up in a vice with a cantilever weight attached and the blow torch applied at its’ centre point. The tube quickly bent.
However, with the painted version, no bending occurred, regardless of the length of time exposed from the blowtorch at 1030deg.C.
The Fire Resistant blend for GRP, metal and wood does include particulates, so as such, it will present a slightly roughened surface texture and would therefore not necessarily be suitable for decorative or cosmetic use.
The blend for fabrics is clear and does not include particulates and neither discolours nor stains the material upon which it is applied.
FIREWALL coatings are considered to be no more toxic than the paints with which they are blended.
These innovative FIREWALL products offer huge potential for the Construction, Manufacturing rolex replica and in particular Marine Industries.
Photographs and video footage from fire testing of a range of materials, with the FIREWALL applied, can be viewed when required. Physical testing can also be arranged and demonstrated.
Marine16 Ltd. have chosen First Marine Services to assist in the promotion and marketing of these long anticipated and sorely needed FIREWALL products.
I asked David White, the CEO of Marine16 Ltd. what was the governing factor that inspired his decision to formulate the FIREWALL products.
“When coding the boats for my sailing school some years ago, I found that the surveyor wanted to check that all the fabrics on board were flame retarded, to comply with MCN 280. I was shocked to find out that no leisure craft in Europe have any flame retarded fabrics as standard. I bought some treatment that worked, but it turned my nice blue fabrics pink.”
“It was then that I started to work on a product that would do the job. The result is FIREWALL300, a safe and easy to use product that does the job. It can be used on any kind of fabric, even dry wood and foam rubber.”
“Saloon seating and galley curtains should be the first areas to treat.”
“There is not a product in the world that can be post-applied to fabrics that can both survive cleaning and does not seriously change the feel or colour of the fabric. FW300 does not change the texture or colour of the material and fabrics can be dry cleaned & be re-treated without harm. If subsequently the fabric gets wet somehow, just allow to dry and simply reapply. FW300 can also be effectively used on dry wood and foam rubber.”
“For commercial use, we have an associate company that has trained applicators and MCA approval for certificating their work. “
David White of Marine16 went on to say:-
“Following on from this, I realised that many surfaces were all too easily ignited. This was prompted by a small fire in my engine bay caused by some emergency welding work while the boat was in Lanzarote. A small fire from the engine mount stringer grp gave off volumes of black smoke. Easily put out, but still very frightening.”
“For the last three years I have been working on paints that will not only prevent flame spread, but will also give some sort of fire resistance.”
“Once I had worked out what components in what proportion were necessary, it became apparent that the choice of paint was also a major influence on performance. With the help and support of some major paint manufacturers, I have now settled on the right combination of paint and formula additive for satisfactory surface bonding with enhanced fire protection, which has now meant that four products were required for boat applications; fabrics, wood, grp and any type of metal.”
“Should there be a fire on board, the FIREWALL products will reduce the chance of smoke, they will prevent flame spread and they will reduce serious collateral damage.”
“During tests on 15mm thick grp from an old Westerly, I had the hot side up to 1040 deg.C. by using a direct flame from a blowlamp for forty minutes, with the reverse at 110 deg.C. In practice, this would mean that an engine room fire could be dealt with without damage to external areas. The resin was evaporated to a depth of about 5 mm; there was no flame or smoke.”
“On tests with metal, I applied the paint to two pieces of domestic 15mm copper tubing set in a vice with a counterweight. I then applied the blowtorch at 1040deg.C. The unpainted tube could readily bend, however, the section of painted tube would not soften or bend at all, even after prolonged exposure to the high temperature blowtorch flame.”
“Overall, we cannot guarantee a fire resistant boat and there are no RCD tests to comply with, but we can show that there is less smoke and collateral damage, more time can be given to deal with extinguishing the fire and most importantly, more time to escape and thus save lives.”
“Areas to consider for treatment are engine rooms, anything in close proximity to galleys, battery housings, around heaters such as Eberspacher or Webasto, near exhausts, gas bottle housings, lockers where fuel or outboards are stored and any other likely ignition points like curtains & furnishings etc.”
“I have christened the product FIREWALL, with code numbers for each application. FW300, for fabrics, is clear. “
“The others, FW301 for wood ; FW302 for metal; and FW303 for grp, have a slightly roughened surface and are engineering paints, not decorative. The paints for wood and grp are white and for metal is black.”
“Recently Peter Wonson of First Marine Services has joined me in refining the products and launching them into the marketplace and we both look forward to the successful launch of FIREWALL, the lifesaver.”
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