News from our Members and Partners

30 May 2019

Survitec to Retrofit Canada's MCDV Fleet with Novenco Xflow Water Mist System

Survitec’s Novenco Fire Fighting (NFF) X-Flow water mist system will be retrofitted to Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) 12-Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessels (MCDV), to address a known firefighting deficiency.

SNC-Lavalin, as the prime contractor for the maintenance of the vessels, contracted Survitec’s partner in Canada, Don Brenton’s Fire Protection, to carry out the work.

The first two MCDVs – Goose Bay and Brandon – have taken delivery of the NFF X-Flow total flooding water mist system, designed for the protection of Category A machinery spaces. Installation is expected to complete this year.

Retrofit installation to the remaining ten vessels is scheduled to follow delivery of the systems currently under construction by Survitec Fire Solutions, Poland.

Mark Baines, Survitec Vice President, America’s, said:

“This is a significant contract for Survitec in that it marks the first Canadian reference for Survitec’s unique water mist system. We are delighted that DND has opted to utilise the NFF X-Flow system, which offers significant advantages over traditional high-pressure water mist systems.”

The Kingston-class of MCDVs, commissioned in the 1990s were designed with open case funnels which make the water mist system the ideal solution in this application. Water mist systems are fully capable of extinguishing a shipboard fire within a given protected space despite exposure to atmospheric conditions.

Stephen McAfee, Survitec Director, Strategic Partnerships, explained:

“We are seeing a trend for low-pressure systems since they are less complicated and less expensive to install and maintain. Operating at about 14bar (203psi) the NFF X-Flow system does not require high-pressure pumps, piping, or ancillary support systems, which significantly reduces installation costs and power consumption. The system itself has a smaller footprint, compared to high-pressure systems, allowing for easier retrofit and newbuild installation. With our unique X-Flow nozzle the same technically defined parameters for water mist droplet size and fire-fighting capability can be achieved at low-pressure, but without the safety risks presented by high pressure systems.”

Certified according to SOLAS chapter II-2 and IMO MSC1165, the NFF X-Flow water mist system was added to Survitec’s portfolio two-years ago, following the acquisition of Wilhelmsen Maritime Service.

Survitec will be showcasing its fire-fighting equipment portfolio along with other safety and survival solutions at Booth C01-38 during the Nor-Shipping exhibition and conference between 4th and 7th of June, in Oslo, Norway.



Survitec is a global leader in survival and safety solutions to the marine, defence, aviation and offshore markets. Survitec has over 3,000 employees worldwide covering 8 manufacturing facilities, 15 offshore support centres and over 70 owned service stations. It is further supported by a network of over 500 3rd party service stations and distributors. Across its 160-year history, Survitec has remained at the forefront of innovation, design and application engineering and is the trusted name when it comes to critical safety and survival solutions. w:

Member Highlight

Babcock International Group

The UK's leading engineering services company delivering a wide range of complex through-life engineering services to commercial and defence markets in the UK and overseas.

Read more