Gielle Marine Fire Solutions:
45 years of expertise and experience
Fire Protection for the Marine Industry
Water fire extinguishing systems
Our sprinkler systems are used in passenger areas like
cabins and restaurants worldwide.
Gielle sprinkler systems automatically identify,
detect and extinguish fires and thus, provide permanent
High-pressure water mist has proven to be very effective in protecting turbine enclosures, small engine rooms or similar in place of the traditional gases, CO2, Argonite..
Water mist extinguishing system
High-pressure technology for maritime risks
The special conditions at sea mean that safety is
an incredibly important issue for ships. The aim
is to prevent any danger to make sure
everything runs smoothly on board. And the key
safety issue for passenger ships is of course the
people on board.
Ships are subject to a whole range of fire risks,
which means fire protection on board has to be
all the more effective. After all, in the event of a
fire, it is not as easy to escape when at sea, and
prompt fire-fighting assistance from outside
cannot be counted on.
Gielle has developed the Watfire
water mist extinguishing system specially for
maritime risks. It takes high-pressure
technology to new dimensions. Many years of
experience in water mist extinguishing
technology and the marine sector have gone
into the research, and the Watfire is
the result. It complies with all relevant directives
and, above all, it is extremely easy to use.
Watfire offers the optimum all around
protection for seagoing and inland
navigation vessels. The fire protection system
can protect passenger, public and storage areas,
as well as machinery spaces.
In short, it’s an entirely new level of operational
safety. The Watfire features a
sophisticated design which has been thought
through right down to the last detail – from
installation to protection against clogging or
The extinguishing water for the Watfire system is held in a tank which is automatically
fed from the ship’s own freshwater systems.
The system can also be supplied with
filtered seawater from the ship’s separate
hydrant system (fire main), as well as via a
shore connection pursuant to international
standards and SOLAS regulations. In standby
mode, the pipes are filled with water via a
jockey pump kept under pressure. In the event
of fire, the operating pressure is built up
through high-pressure sprinkler pumps, which
are integrated in a compact, pre-assembled
water supply unit.
Foaming agent mix
Watfire can be used in all areas without
extinguishing agent additives. A foaming
agent can be added for fighting fire in the
machinery spaces bilge in order to minimise
extinguishing water usage even further here.
In this case, a proportional device with a supply
of foaming agent is connected directly near the
machinery spaces to the piping network for the
Alarms and monitoring
Upon extinguishing system activation, the
sprinkler pump control unit automatically sends
the “water supply in progress” signal to the
bridge or safety station. To localise the fire
event, an alarm signal is also displayed, which is
transmitted by the affected area’s current
The Watfire system is equipped with
electric monitoring supplied with power via the
emergency power supply system, which monitors
all security-related lines to control units
and signal transmitters for short circuits or
Watfire is designed and installed in accordance with applicable SOLAS guidelines
based on IMO Resolution A.800 (19), as well as the design parameters established pursuant to
the IMO-MSC/Circ. 1165. Typical ship types where it can be used include cruise ships, ferries
and large yachts.
The effi cient Watfire water mist extinguishing system can be used in all areas of the ship:
public space and store areas
A single Watfire sprinkler will provide
coverage of up to 32 m˛ in these areas. That
means the sprinklers can be installed at
intervals on corridors – in total, the Watfire system requires far fewer sprinklers
than standard systems, which also simplifi es
The Watfire system is divided into
sections by valves. In standby mode, the pipes
are filled with pressurised extinguishing water.
In the event of fire, the sprinklers only open if
they are in the immediate vicinity of the fire
source. A control unit registers the resulting
pressure drop in the piping and activates the
sprinkler pumps. The fire is immediately fought
with high-pressure water mist from the opened
In addition to protecting the machinery spaces,
the Watfire also protects objects and
the bilge. But only one single type of open
nozzle is needed for all areas without foaming
Extinguishing areas are formed in the machinery
spaces, each of which encompasses a section
valve as well as piping with open water mist
nozzles. In standby mode, the extinguishing
water under pressure reaches the section valves.
In the event of fire, an alarm signal is displayed
in the engine control room via a fire detection
system, and the section valve is opened for the
affected area – either automatically by the
fire detection system or at the touch of a button by
operating personnel in the engine control room.
The pressure before the selector valves then
drops, the sprinkler pumps are activated and
the affected area is completely soaked with
high-pressure water mist.
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Our quality is certified
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.
Worldwide installation and service.
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
It's our global commitment to keeping your Gielle systems functioning perfectly and in
accordance with applicable Marine fire protection regulations.
The right approvals and certifications.
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
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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