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Refrigerant Retrofits and Compliance

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Refrigerant Retrofits and Compliance

Our team is here to help you deal with the next phase of environmental laws and regulations dealing with the refrigerant gases.

Since the phase out and complete ban of CFC Refrigerants over a decade ago, focus has shifted to R22 which began phase out in early 2000 and now under Fgas rules has a complete use ban in Europe.

And at Oceanic Technical Solutions we are well-prepared for the next phase in the refrigerant phase out which will be focused on the new HFC blended refrigerants which carry a high global warming potential, i.e. R404A & R507. Under the current Fgas rules it has been illegal since January 2015 for any person to work on a refrigeration plant on an EU-flagged* vessel or vessel in European waters that is using R22. This being the case any vessel that is regularly calling European ports or is under EU flag will find servicing or topping up of the plant extremely difficult and should retrofit their Refrigeration plant to an alternative approved refrigerant.

At Oceanic our team of retrofit experts is on hand to evaluate your system and recommend the most economical solution for changing out your system refrigerant whilst still maintaining performance and meeting environmental legislation. All of Oceanic’s retrofit work is designed to be in compliance with and as required by IACS Flag States.

All our retrofits are carried out by qualified and experienced Marine Refrigeration engineers that have extensive experience in refrigerant retrofit onboard vessels and systems of different complexities and all services are carried out in compliance with F Gas rules.

To be sure of being compliant with the rules come to the experts, come to Oceanic Technical Solutions.

Our pledge to you in our retrofit offer is simple: we will provide you with impartial advice and help based on your specific circumstances to make sure the right choice is made.

What’s more the work will be carried out to your complete satisfaction and budget.

As part of our retrofit programme each customer has a vessel inspection or completion of a system questionnaire to record critical details and performance data on the existing system.

After consultation and analysis we will advise you what we believe is the best option for you to retrofit your systems.

Included in our offer:

  • Advice on F Gas compliance for the new replacement HFC refrigerant
  • Supply of initial retrofit Refrigerant and onboard operational stock
  • Stock planning for the new refrigerant and a competitive 12 month supply proposal
  • Recovery and disposal of the R22 refrigerant in accordance with current legislation
  • 24/7 Technical support
  • Leak tightness certificate
  • Plant maintenance proposal

All our retrofits are carried out by qualified and experienced marine refrigeration engineers that have extensive experience in refrigerant retrofit onboard vessels and systems of different complexities and all services are carried out in compliance with F Gas rules.

It’s a simple pledge by Oceanic Technical Services that means a lot to our customers.

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Changing Regulations

  • Complete ban on use of R22 in Europe: From January 2015 it is now illegal for any person (Crew or shore based personnel) to work on a refrigeration plant on an EU-flagged* vessel or vessel in European waters or ports that is charged with R22.
  • Mandatory leak testing: For systems containing more than 127 Kgs charge of R404A or R507 it is mandatory that a system leak test is carried out by a qualified person every 12, 6 or 3 months depending on the total charge of the system.
  • Mandatory fixed leak detection: All Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning systems containing over 500 tonnes CO2 equivalent there is a mandatory requirement for an automatic leak detection system* to be fitted. This will have a significant impact on plants using high GWP refrigerants. For example a HFC 404A system that has a Refrigerant charge greater than 127Kgs (300 kg Co2 Equivalent) will have to have fixed leak detection system fitted. The table above shows the size threshold for automatic leak detection for a number of refrigerants used in Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning systems.
  • Record keeping  – Operators must ensure records are kept for each piece of equipment that is subject to a mandatory leak check and these records should be kept onboard for 5 years.
  • High GWP HFC Phase out: Under 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014) High Global Warming Potential HFC’s will begin phase-out from 2020.
  • Service Ban: From 1st January 2020 the use of HFC Gases with a GWP above 2,500 to maintain refrigeration systems with a charge size of 40 tonnes CO2 equivalent or more (>10Kgs R404a) shall be prohibited.
  • Topping up Ban: It will be legal to continue operating systems affected by the Service Ban, but you will not be allowed to top up any leaks with virgin refrigerant. Recycled/reclaimed refrigerant can be used for plant maintenance until 1st January 2030.

For more information on Refrigerant Retrofits & Compliance, contact cs.europe@oceanictechnical.com for further enquiries.