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Old 17 November 2013, 11:44   #11
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'New boats can't have halon fitted to them anymore though. But a lot of the older ones still have it fitted.'

Well they shouldn't , it's been illegal to have on board for almost 10 years.......
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Old 17 November 2013, 12:17   #12
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I guess cos once the excitement of the purchase is over and they gotta pay for it. The mind swings towards.. how the duck am i gonna get rid of it!!
Let it burn and claim
Lol, I remember about 14 years ago while I was based in Guernsey a fire breaking out aboard a large luxury motorcruiser only about 600 yards off the northern coast of the island.

The owner had abandoned ship and made for land in the inflatable tender and was safely ashore when someone on a jetski whizzed up its bow and connected a tow line. in an effort to try and salvage the boat, the jetski then proceeded to tow the cruiser into a nearby beach where the fire department were waiting to extinguish the flames....

The boat was a total loss but you can just imagine the owners frustration when the
Fire department managed to board the remains and find numerous portable fuel containers and gas bottles littered around the vessel!

How much would you hate that jet skier?

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Old 17 November 2013, 13:16   #13
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'New boats can't have halon fitted to them anymore though. But a lot of the older ones still have it fitted.' Well they shouldn't , it's been illegal to have on board for almost 10 years.......
Okay well I seem to remember someone telling me if it was fitted with halon before the law came in then they can keep it?

The last boat I worked on in Mexico had halon fitted and I only got back a week ago.
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Old 17 November 2013, 13:24   #14
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Maybe different over there, certainly banned in EU waters. (It was without doubt a brilliant fire extinguishant- just not very environmentally friendly).

'7.5.1 Halon systems are prohibited on all EU ships. Any ships found with halon should be reported to Survey Branch who will notify DEFRA as they are responsible for enforcement action.
7.5.2 Where UK or EU vessels are found to be still fitted with halon, the owners should be advised as follows;
• Retaining halon on an EU flag vessel after 31 December 2003 is a contravention of EU Regulation 2037/2000 and UK Environmental Protection (Controls on Ozone-Depleting Substances) Regulations 2002.
• While MCA is not directly responsible for enforcement of this regulation, the halon should be replaced.
• Other authorities (in the UK or other EU countries) intend to take enforcement action if the halon is not replaced. In the UK we have instructions to inform DEFRA about vessels which still have halon so they may take appropriate action
• The supply of halon in Europe for marine use is illegal and should now be non-existent and world-wide will be increasingly difficult to obtain.
• Servicing of any halon system will be difficult, especially as the EU Regulation forbids anybody in the EU to work on such systems.'
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just not very environmentally friendly.'
;-)

But then again, neither is 20 tonnes of burning fiberglass, resin, plastic and laminate!

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There are halon "equivalents"
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Be interesting to find out if the nuclear subs still have halon in the engine rooms I know they did 4 years ago
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But then again, neither is 20 tonnes of burning fiberglass, resin, plastic and laminate!

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Precisely... what a load of shirt -the r all this is.
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Be interesting to find out if the nuclear subs still have halon in the engine rooms I know they did 4 years ago
Because you wouldn't want an environmentally unfriendly nuclear powered weapon of mass destruction.

That said, if you HAVE one, you can probably put any kinda fire extinguisher you like on it.

I mean, who's gonna take it off you?
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I guess cos once the excitement of the purchase is over and they gotta pay for it. The mind swings towards.. how the duck am i gonna get rid of it!!
Let it burn and claim
That's a very cynical view...........and I bet it hasn't even crossed the minds of the insurance investigators who are due to visit the boat tomorrow
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