USCG Issues Fire Protection Equipment Requirements

Monday, November 15, 1999
All towing vessels except those in restricted services are required to comply with new requirements for fire protection equipment and procedures under an interim rule issued by the USCG. The rule is the first step in a two-pronged approach to implementing the requirements of the 1996 USCG Authorization Act, which directed the USCG to promulgate regulations requiring fire suppression systems or other measures to control fires on towing vessels. The rule requires existing towing vessels, except those used solely for fleeting, pollution response or other restricted service, be equipped with the following, by October 8, 2001: · A general alarm or alternative, such as a public address system, which is tested weekly; · An engine room fire detection system with visible and audible alarms. The system must be certified by a registered Public Engineer or recognized classification society as meeting the requirements of the interim rule; · A fixed or portable system allowing for two-way communication between the pilothouse and the engine room. Twin screw towing vessels with pilothouse controls for both engines are not subject to this requirement; and, · A remote fuel shutoff for the main engine and other fuel lines. Effective January 19, 2000, the rule requires monthly firefighting drills and instruction for towing vessel crewmembers. New crewmembers who have not received the required instruction or participated in a drill, must be given a safety orientation before the vessel gets underway. New towing vessels (contracted for after January 20, 2000) must comply with the same equipment requirements as existing towing vessels before they are placed into service. New towing vessels must also comply with additional requirements regarding fuel piping, vent piping and prohibitions on the use of portable fuel tanks and alternative fuels. The interim rule does not address requirements for fixed fire suppression systems or alternatives such as semi-portable fire extinguishers and other manual firefighting equipment. These will be the subject of a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to be published in early 2000. The USCG will accept comments on the interim rule until December 20.
Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Scandlines Ferry Back in Service by End June

The damaged Scandlines ferry M/V Prinsesse Benedikte is being repaired at the Polish shipyard Remontowa and is expected to be ready before the end of June 2015.

Greece Will Sell Piraeus Port Stake in Weeks

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country's deputy prime minister told China's official Xinhua news agency,

US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1011 sec (10 req/sec)