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Announcement: The Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) approves first synthetic fluorine-free foam concentrate (PFAS-free) to pass NFPA 11, Annex F Test Method

Feb. 1, 2024

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) has approved the first synthetic fluorine-free foam concentrate (PFAS-free) to pass the NFPA 11, Annex F Test Method for Marine Firefighting Foam Concentrates Protecting Hydrocarbon Hazards.  Hiller Systems has received USCG approval to use their “Hiller Haven Green” synthetic fluorine-free foam concentrate, also known as “Solberg Re-Healing 3x3% SP-100 AR-SFFF Alcohol Resistant Synthetic Fluorine Free Foam Concentrate” with their USCG Certificate of Approval (COA) 162.033/47. This COA can be viewed on CGMIX here. This approval permits Hiller Systems to use their “Hiller Haven Green” synthetic fluorine-free foam concentrate in all marine applications that are part of this approval that includes, but is not limited to, foam type fire extinguishing systems for tank vessel cargo decks, helicopter landing pads, and machinery spaces. With the world-wide concerns surrounding the use of PFAS materials and their potential phase-out in the marine environment, this approval is significant in that it provides the first PFAS-free foam concentrate that is USCG approved for U.S. flag tank vessel cargo deck use, as well as other applications. 

For any questions, please contact typeapproval@uscg.mil or CGENG@uscg.mil.

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