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Ship Fire Safety Still Serious Concern: Paris MOU Survey

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Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety Systems, underline fire safety concerns. The results are based on the CIC survey carried out between 1 September 2012 and 30 November 2012 in the Paris MoU region. 103 ships were detained over the 3 month period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to Fire Safety Systems. 64% of all ships detained in the three month period were detained for fire safety related issues. Problem areas included fire pumps and its pipes, fire fighting equipment and appliances, and the fire control plan. Fire safety has been in the top 5 of most frequently encountered categories of deficiencies during inspections for years. Reason enough for the Paris MoU to concentrate attention to this area during a CIC. “The outcome of the CIC shows that fire safety is clearly not top priority on every ship and that is a serious concern”, says Richard Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MoU on PSC. The CIC questionnaire was completed during 4,014 inspections on 3,985 individual ships. A total of 1,958 CIC-related deficiencies were recorded and 103 ships (2,6%) were detained as a direct result of the CIC. 64% of the detentions during the CIC-period were CIC-topic related. During the campaign most inspections concerned general cargo/multi-purpose ships with 1,347 (34%) inspections, followed by bulk carriers with 766 (19%) inspections, container ships with 422 (11%) inspections


NAVSEA Releases Fire Safety Manual

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities, Feb. 6. The manual integrates existing shipboard fire safety requirements with lessons learned from the major fire that occurred on board USS Miami (SSN 755) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2012. It was developed and reviewed by industrial and fire safety experts across the Navy and provides a single source requirements document to improve shipboard fire


First Ship with Fire Safety Adapted to Methanol

Stena Germanica (Photo: SP Fire Research)

The world’s first ship to run on methanol will soon sail international waters after the fire risk assessment by SP Fire Research was approved. Methanol has long been handled with traditional fire protection in cargo pump-rooms on tankers, but a deeper understanding of the fuel called for a new approach to design fire safety.    Solution to the SECA challenge The Stena Germanica is a ro-pax ferry that brings vehicles and passengers across the Baltic Sea


Vessel PSC Fire Safety Check Coming

Launch of concentrated inspection campaign on Fire Safety Systems beginning 1 September 2012 by Paris Mou and Tokyo MoU on Port State Control The 43 Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2/ Construction - fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction arrangements on board ships


Collaboration Fuels Environmental Ferry Development

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SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden has long been engaged in research aimed at energy efficient vessels by increased use of lightweight shipbuilding materials. A major step forward was a recently completed concept development project where SP Fire Technology conducted life-cycle cost analysis and a comprehensive fire risk assessment for a car ferry in carbon fiber composite. The research project was performed within a Swedish-Danish-Norwegian cooperation MARKIS and received additional


Intertek Qualifies as USCG Testing Lab

The U.S. Coast Guard has accepted the Antioch, Calif., facility of the ETL SEMKO, America's division of Intertek Testing Services (ITS) as an independent testing laboratory authorized to perform fire safety shipboard doors and windows. ITS ETL SEMKO will conduct testing on fire doors and windows for class "A" and "B" division vessels to ensure compliance with the International Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC.61 (67), the International code of Application Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code)


Detained Cruise Ship Cleared for Departure

The Coast Guard has cleared a 637-ft. cruise ship for departure after it was detained for numerous discrepancies found during a recent routine inspection. A six-person examination team from Coast Guard Sector boarded the Clipper Pacific, a cruise ship home ported in the , at 8 a.m. Sunday to conduct a routine safety inspection. Upon entering the ship's master reported a gash about one inch in length on the left side of the vessel sustained prior to coming to port


Autronica Fire and Security AS: New Greek Distributor Appointed

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Autronica Fire and Security AS has appointed Kaminco as its new distributor in Greece and Cyprus. Kaminco, a supplier of products and services to Greek shipyards and owners for nearly 50 years, became responsible for the entire Autronica product portfolio, including gas detection, fire detection and fire suppression systems, as of 28th of February 2011. Autronica's sophisticated fire safety systems will join Kaminco's extensive offering to the Greek market, which currently includes


NTSB Praises Coast Guard and MAIB

TSB ACTING CHAIRMAN PRAISES TWO MARINE ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACTIONS TO ENSURE SAFETY ON THE WATERWAYS National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today in a speech before the 8th Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference applauded the actions taken by the U.S. Coast Guard and the United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch to ensure transportation safety on waterways.


PVA & Coast Guard In Hi-speed Vessel Fire Safety Accord

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The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) & the U.S. Coast Guard sign policy agreement regarding Coast Guard approval of fire protection for newly constructed high-speed vessels. This agreement is critical to the U.S. shipbuilding industry to ensure delivery of Coast Guard-approved high-speed passenger vessels. The product of a chartered working group of experienced PVA member industry experts and Coast Guard policy specialists


VIKING Extends Liferaft Exchange Program to Japan

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Leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) is stocking ready-packaged liferafts to provide fixed-price liferaft exchange to vessels calling Japanese ports. “The world of shipping is dominated by a small group of countries


L-S MSI to Exhibit at Cruise Shipping Miami

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L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) will showcase a range of systems and services for cruise ship operations, including automation, integrated navigation, dynamic positioning, onboard entertainment and drive systems, in Hall C, Stand 1931, at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 16-19.


Oil Tanker Detained for Safety Violations

U.S. Coast Guard personnel on Monday detained the oil tanker Overseas Jademar in Port Angeles after several safety violations were discovered during a port state control exam.   Marshall Island-flagged tanker Overseas Jademar was en route from Malaysia to Anacortes


USCG Detain Tanker in Port Angeles

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  Coast Guard personnel detained the tanker Overseas Jademar in Port Angeles, Monday. Port State Control officers, from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, discovered several significant safety violations during a port state control exam of the Marshall Island-flagged tanker


New VIKING ETSO transport suit tough to beat

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“When it comes to passenger suits for helicopter transfer, there are a number of commonly used materials and features that are well-suited to the task,” says Jens Peter Kruse, Vice President, PPE at leading maritime and fire safety equipment manufacturer and service provider VIKING


Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

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For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Panama's flag authority has accepted a design where hatches in fibre-reinforced plastic composite replace steel hatches. Research and fire risk analyses at SP have helped in making


ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

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Classification society ClassNK has published the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships which aims to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety and explosion prevention measure.  


ClassNK Releases v3 Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

 ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda (image: courtesy ClassNK)

ClassNK has released the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. The updated version provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures


Cruise Ship Fire under Investigation

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The U.S. Coast Guard assembled a joint investigative team with the National Transportation Safety Board and is sending four marine safety professionals from Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Cruise Ship and Investigation National Centers of Expertise


ICS Publishes Chemical Tanker Safety Guide

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

A fully updated edition of the definitive industry guidance on the safe operation of chemical tankers has just been published by the shipping industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).   The new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)


Fire Departments Choose Sea-Fire Systems

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Metalcraft Marine's Firestorm high-speed, aluminum fireboat represents a new generation in vessel technology, especially when fitted with Sea-Fire H Series engineered fire suppression systems. Recently, four fire departments selected this combination.


Containers Overboard in Oakland Estuary

Containers Adrift in Oakland Estuary Containers fell into the water from motor vessel NYK Aquarius while offloading cargo at SSA Facility Berth 57 in the Oakland estuary, causing the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and local fire department personnel to enforce a safety zone in the area.


Sea-Fire Systems Aboard Niagara Falls Tour Boats

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When it came time to retire the iconic Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls tour boats, Hornblower Niagara Cruises sought replacements that would raise the standard of forward-thinking performance, without sacrificing safety. The two new 86' x 36' catamarans built by Hike Metal


PSC CIC on Fire Safety Systems by Riyadh MoU

  ClassNK has informed that Six countries viz. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE of the Riyadh MOU in the Gulf Region are planning the following PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC); Items of concentrated inspection : Fire Safety Systems (SOLAS Chapter II-2 and FSS


UAE to Launch Concentrated Inspection Campaign

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  The 6 Maritime Authorities of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (RMoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose of ensuring compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships.






 
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