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  International halon banking

Gielle is authorized halon banking and reception facility for halon recovery and recycling activities.

1 The Sub-Committee on Fire Protection, at its fortieth session (17 to 21 July 1995), having noted that, under the 1992 amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention (resolution MSC.27(61)), new installations of halon fire-extinguishing systems had been prohibited as from 1 October 1994, recalled its previous decision that, for the time being and until appropriate halon banking facilities were established, halons need not be withdrawn from existing systems.

2 The Sub-Committee considered it useful that information on the availability of halons at various ports of the world be circulated, as existing halon systems may need to be recharged with recycled halons to comply with the relevant requirements of the 1974 SOLAS Convention.

4 The attached annex contains the revised listing of halon banking and reception facilities based on information received by the Secretariat during 2008, which supersedes that annexed to FP.1/Circ.35.

The production of Halon has been prohibited since January 1994 in answer to the Montreal Protocol. Although the Halon systems installed before this date have not yet been prohibited in Europe, some countries have introduced laws that foresee their complete removal. Currently there are grounds for concern, especially in those cases in which there are no alternatives. The adoption of a prudent policy for the management of Halon is, therefore, vital.The situation highlights specific problems:

1. How can those users who decide to stop using Halon dispose of the gas in a safe and economical manner?

2. What other extinction agents are available?

3. How can the basic users be sure of having a supply of Halon now that the gas is no longer produced?

Gielle, world specialist in techniques of fire prevention protection, has developed a Halon Management Service which, dealing with these problems, aims to help users during the phase of their passage from Halon to an alternative agent and in the efficacious management of the existing resources.
The Gielle Management Plan offers clients a range of options.There are five main elements:

1. Halon Disposal - dismantling of Halon systems and their elimination at the client's site;

2. Recycling of the gas recovered;

3. Storage of the recycled Halon;

4. Safe destruction of the Halon, if necessary;

5. Advice on alternative extinction agents.

Those users who no longer wish to use Halon must make use of an authorised company specialised in the handling of the gas, and, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act of 1990, they are legally required to possess a Certificate of Waste Transfer to prove that the gas was disposed of in complete safety.

Gielle is authorised to handle Halon. The company staff is formed in teams of specialised engineers qualified in the dismantling of Halon systems. The teams remove the full containers, the pipes and the equipment and issue a Certificate of Waste Transfer. If other contracting parties are involved in the project, Gielle can safely handle the recovery of the Halon, and maintain the system safe for the later removal by the contracting party. 

Alternatively, the Gielle engineers can convert, when possible, Halon systems into systems that use alternative agents. 

Gielle also dismantles Halon extinguishers free of charge. The company collects the extinguishers from the clients' locations and recycles or disposes of the gas in complete safety.

Gielle has fine tuned recovery systems for Halon 1211 and 1301. Designed by the company's Technical Division, these machines are today one of the most advanced systems for Halon recovery. 

The recovery systems extract the Halon in the form of liquid and vapour and remove any trace of gas from containers and extinguishers.

The Halon recovered is passed through a filtration system that removes the impurities and returns the gas to its original chemical formula.

This process is carefully monitored by Gielle's expert engineers and the final product is tested by an independent laboratory in conformity with ISO standards and U.S. military laws.

The recycled Halon is transferred in collection cylinders designed for this purpose by Gielle. The cylinders are deposited in Gielle's Halon Bank where they are constantly monitored to prevent any losses. 

Gielle can supply Halon to those clients who wish to reload their systems adapted to Halon, and offers a prompt intervention service 24 hours a day for any emergencies.

If it is necessary to destroy quantities of Halon, the destruction can be completed in complete safety using a specific incinerator which operates at a higher temperature. The incineration system has been approved by the European Environmental Agency, the agency responsible for the monitoring of the destruction of Halon. A document that confirms that the Halon has been correctly destroyed is issued to both the client and the authorities, according to current law. 

Alternative agents
The first phase to be carried out when you decide to opt for an alternative solution against the risk of fire is that of re-establishing and then evaluating the protection against fires available at the moment.

 Ship halon alternative

Gielle has developed new fire suppression systems that use foams, water and CO2. The company has also introduced the advanced gaseous system with the clean agent FM-200, which offers rapid flame elimination, similar to Halon without the environmental problems. Safe for use in areas in which people are present, it also avoids damage to electrical equipment.

Halon extinguishers can be substituted with extinguishers in Gielle's advanced Euro-Range, marked with CE approval. Approved in accordance with the most up-to-date European laws, the range includes models suitable for the majority of fire risks.

Advice and assistance
Gielle assists companies in all aspects of fire prevention protection, including the search for alternative agents to Halon. Gielle representatives carry out surveys to establish the fire dangers and recommend the most suitable and affordable fire prevention protection solution. This service implies no obligation and is supplied free of charge. 

System design, installation, service

Gielle provide the services (design and installation, retrofit, recharge, and maintenance) necessary to keep your Gielle system functioning properly and in compliance with Marine fire protection regulations.

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Gielle makes its products inaccordance with UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001, SA8000:2001 certified quality standards

In accordance with established maritime standards
Gielle’s systems solutions have been tested and approved by marine regulatory agencies throughout the world.

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No matter where your vessel puts into port. From New York to Dubai, we perform whatever service is necessary including installation, retrofit, recharge, maintenance and emergency repair.

It's our global commitment to keeping your Gielle systems functioning perfectly and in accordance with applicable Marine fire protection regulations.

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Gielle Fire Systems' products carry an impressive range of Type Approvals and Flag Administration Approvals.

System design, installation & service
Gielle can provide the services (design and installation, retrofit, recharge, an d maintenance) necessary to keep your system functioning properly and in compliance with all applicable Marine fire protection regulations.
We provide complete stationary and mobile fire protection solutions from risk analysis via technical design to installation.

Gielle is the leading fullservice provider for fire protection in Europe and one of the leading companies worldwide.   

Marine, naval and offshore fire protection
Products from the Gielle Fire Suppression have been developed to meet not only the needs of today, but to also comply with evolving marine requirements, including environmental issues, local regulations and more. To every extent possible, we engineer the ability to upgrade our equipment directly into our product lines. In many cases, this gives owners the ability to avoid entire system replacements when conditions change. Each design innovation is supported by such important services as ongoing safety documentation.

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