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Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

Enhanced Fire Protection Guide from ABS

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore and marine industries, has released the ABS Guide for Enhanced Fire Protection Arrangements, as guidance for improved safety on offshore vessels and installations as well as oceangoing vessels. "Protection against fires on board vessels and offshore installations is critically important," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "This new guide represents another significant step taken by ABS toward safer operations." According to ABS Director of Marine Technology Christina Wang, one of the primary goals of this new guide is to provide criteria for notations that increase the level of protection against fires on board vessels, mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), mobile offshore units (MOUs) and offshore installations. Another objective is to reduce the consequences of an onboard fire through specific measures for prevention, detection and fire extinguishing. "Current rules and regulations identify certain fire safety arrangements that must be provided on board a vessel, drilling unit or offshore installation," Wang explained, noting even though the rules and regulations have mandated such "minimum" requirements for many years, fire and explosion continue to remain one of the top safety hazards for any vessel and its crew.


TSB Responds to Marine Safety Recommendation

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued its Assessment of the response of Transport Canada to the earlier TSB Marine Safety Recommendation relating to structural fire protection and fire-extinguishing systems. Following the engineroom switchboard fire on a cruise ship in British Columbia, the TSB recommended that Transport Canada submit a paper to the IMO requesting a review of requirements for structural fire protection and fire-extinguishing systems


USCG Issue Notice on PVSA

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that owners and operators of uninspected passenger vessels over 100 gross tons that carry 12 or fewer passengers for hire may now submit an application under the Passenger Vessel Safety Act (PVSA) for a special permit to participate in a Marine Event of National Significance. Specific manning, structural fire protection, operating, and equipment requirements for a limited fleet of PVSA-exempted vessels may also be developed. Source: HK Law


Eric Greene Associates Awarded MARAD Contract

Eric Greene Associates, Inc. has just been awarded a 9-month, $65,000 contract from the Maritime Administration to investigate spray-applied insulation systems for marine transportation. The work is being performed for the Ship Structure Committee (SSC) representing in the U.S. the Maritime Administration, the Coast Guard, the American Bureau of Shipping, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Navy; and in Canada the Coast Guard, DREA, and Transport Canada.


Moose Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat manufacturer, recently delivered a M2-35 fire/rescue boat to the Tiburon Fire Protection District of Tiburon, CA. The vessel is a 35.5-ft. all aluminum catamaran powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. This boat can attain a top speed of over 35 knots and operates at a service speed of approximately 27 knots. The vessel is outfitted with fire-fighting and dewatering equipment as well as an 84 in


Fire Reported on Shell Facility

A small fire broke out on Shell's North Cormorant platform, which was quickly extinguished. Reports indicated that there was no need for any of the 106 staff to be evacuated from the North Sea facility. The blaze in the turbine hood of a water injection pipe comes just three days after 113 staff had to be taken off the Petrofac-run Thistle Alpha platform, which suffered a three level fire on Sunday morning. Problems arose on North Cormorant


New SOLAS Regulations Go into Effect

Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) affecting many aspects of ship safety go into effect on July 1, including a new revised SOLAS chapter on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction, amendments to chapters II-1, IX and X (to make a new High-Speed Craft Code mandatory) and record of equipment attached to safety certificates. New rules on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction


CTAC Meetings Announced

In June, there will be two meetings of subcommittees of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), which is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. On June 8-9, the Subcommittee on Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security will meet in Washington, DC to discuss the potential addition of acrylonitrile to the Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) definition and to review recent workgroup discussions and outcomes regarding CDC mixtures and the Declaration of Security. 69 Fed. Reg


Donjon Marine Appoints Paul Deterding

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a marine services provider based in New Jersey, has named Paul Deterding General Manager of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, LLC, located in Erie, PA.  Deterding will oversee the daily operations of the facility, including production, engineering, plant maintenance and administrative duties. Deterding has more than 25 years of experience in the marine, electrical and fire protection industries, serving most recently as Vice President and Part Owner of SEC Fire


Tankship Fire Protection on IMO Committee Agenda

At the recent 56th session of the IMO Fire Protection Sub-committee (FP56) a strong INTERTANKO delegation was present . INTERTANKO report that of particular note at the meeting was the ongoing work related to the ‘Development of Measures to Prevent Explosions on Oil and Chemical Tankers Transporting Low-flash Point Cargoes'. Other outcomes from the meeting concerned ‘Means of Escape from Machinery Spaces’ for new vessels and amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-2 with


NTSB Forum on Cruise Ship Safety, Oversight

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The National Transportation Safety Board announced it will hold a public forum on cruise ship safety and oversight on March 25-26 in Washington. The forum, Cruise Ships: Examining Safety, Operations and Oversight, will review the regulatory framework, ship design and fire protection


Incat Crowther Launches Pair of Catamaran Ferries

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Incat Crowther announced the launch of Red Hook I and Cruz Bay I, a pair 25m Catamaran passenger ferries to operate in St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Delivered by Midship Marine in Louisiana, these vessels follow on from the successful trio of UltraJet boats


RS, Baku Shipyard Enter Crewboat Agreement

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) signed an agreement with Baku Shipyard LLC of Azerbaijan for the design approval of project 38М сrewboat high speed craft (designer - SHIPTECH, Singapore). The new boats are intended for the carriage of specialized personnel employed at offshore oil and


Proposal on Spray Painting Passes

NMMA in conjunction with Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) and the National Fire Protection Committee on Spray Finishing, recently drafted and approved a new standard which reduces the fire risks of spray painting large objects, including yachts in temporary membrane enclosures


3M Novec Gas Sea-Fire Extinguishers Debut at Seawork

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U.K. independent marine safety equipment supplier Ocean Safety will debut the latest range of fire extinguishers from Sea-Fire at Seawork. The range, which was introduced earlier in the year, is the 3M Novec 1230 NDF and NFG Series. Novec introduces a safer gas which is less harmful than other


New Senior Advisors at Security Dynamics

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Security Dynamics LLC, a global security and risk management advisory firm, added three new Senior Advisors to its team of Subject Matter Experts. The news was announced by Kim E. Petersen, the firm’s Chairman and President. The new Senior Advisors will compliment Security Dynamics’


New Fireboats Headed to Port of Long Beach

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Robert Allan Ltd. announced that it was selected to be the Owner’s Naval Architect for the design and construction of two new fireboats for the Port of Long Beach. Custom designed for service in the U.S. port, the fireboats will be operated by the Long Beach Fire Department and will be


Safety in Numbers

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Attention to safety in shipyards is starting to pay dividends  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a shipyard for 61 alleged violations of workplace safety and health standards


LNG: Now Powering Vessels – and New Safety Regulations

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New Hazards, New Regulatory Concerns and New Solutions. According to global classification society DNV, as much as 50 percent of the world’s maritime fleet could be duel fuel-powered, as early as 2020. The lure of LNG is understandable – cleaner burning fuels


Fire Protection for LNG-fueled Ships

  Steve Pelletier, business development manager, Tyco Marine Services, is a former member of the United States Coast Guard, Steve holds associate degrees in science and electronics engineering. He has worked in the fire protection industry since 1996.

There are roughly 30 liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered marine vessels currently active in today’s global seas, with some estimates showing approximately 30 new builds expected by 2014. With new commitments and orders for LNG-powered ships taking place every month


Marioff Sign Long Term Carnival HI-FOG Contract

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Marioff has signed a five-year frame agreement for maintenance services with Carnival Corporation & plc. The agreement covers servicing and maintaining HI-FOG water mist fire suppression systems already installed onboard 66 cruise vessels owned by Carnival Corporation and operating under


Carnival Secures Fire Protection Maintenance Contract

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Marioff has signed a five-year frame agreement for maintenance services with Carnival Corporation & plc. The agreement covers servicing and maintaining HI-FOG water mist fire suppression systems already installed onboard 66 cruise vessels owned by Carnival Corporation and operating under


Halyard Expands Noise Insulation Product Range

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Halyard, global manufacturer of marine exhaust solutions, has extended its range of noise insulation products with the introduction of Rockwool Marine Firebatt 2000. Aimed at the commercial marine sector, the multipurpose Marine Firebatt 2000 is a rock mineral wool slab


The Future Island Ferries are Here

The Eco-Island ferry, a displacing passenger ship designed to replace a representative island ferry in the Swedish or Danish archipelago. Photo: Niels Kyhn Hjørnet

SP Fire Technology has in a Swedish-Danish consortium developed a detailed process to build environmentally friendly and fire safe island ferries in fiber reinforced polymer composite. Authorities, the public and customers are increasingly demanding sustainable designs


Water Mist in Large Machinery Spaces

Ignition of pool fire in a test of a water mist system according to IMO 1165. Photo: Kristian Hox, SINTEF NBL.

Water mist systems are extensively used as fire protection of machinery spaces onboard passenger ships, and have almost taken over as fire extinguishing systems after IMO standardized such systems. Water mist systems are documented through full scale fire testing of the manufacturers' solutions


 
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