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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


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


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


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.


Coast Guard Appoints Lantz to Standards Post

Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced the appointment of Jeffrey G. Lantz as the Coast Guard's director of national and international standards. Lantz will begin his senior executive service position at the Coast Guard's Washington headquarters on June 25. "The Coast Guard's role within the International Maritime Organization is vital to the safety and security of America as well as ships and professional mariners around the globe," Allen said


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


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


Lloyd's Register Extends Heightened Attention Surveys

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has a longstanding ‘heightened attention’ initiative where surveyors attending on board LR classed ships give increased attention to areas where the most common PSC deficiencies are identified. LR announced it has decided to continue this heightened


eLearning for the Maritime Industry

A growing number of organizations are turning to eLearning courses to ensure employees are properly trained to perform duties safely and efficiently. Marine Testing Solutions (MTS) said its eLearning initiative is helping more key staff members become empowered to make the maritime industry safer


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.


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


Carnival cruise passengers sue seeking $5,000 a month for life

A group of passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for medical bills and mental anguish. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated 2013 voyage could


Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing.  During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember


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


USCG Publishes Offshore Fire, Explosion Guidelines

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As part of its continuing response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, the U.S. Coast Guard's notice of recommended interim voluntary guidelines concerning fire and explosion analyses for MODUs published in the Federal Register The Federal Register Friday published the U.S


New Requirements for Fire-Fighters’ Outfits

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The 2014 amendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code* will enter into force on 1 July, 2014, introducing revised and new requirements for fire-fighter’s outfit breathing apparatus and two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses, as follows: Breathing apparatus


IMO's MSC Meeting Approves Important SOLAS Amendments

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IMO informs that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted important SOLAS amendments related to inert gas systems as well as amendments to a number of treaties to bring into force the mandatory IMO audit scheme. In addition it has approved, in principle


Viking to Upgrade, Service Topaz Life Rafts

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel (OSV) company, and marine and fire safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has jointly announced the signing of a multimillion dollar, 10-year life-raft servicing agreement. Under the terms of the contract


New Tug Guidelines from Bureau Veritas

International classification society Bureau Veritas has worked closely with the towing industry to develop a set of Guidelines for Design, Construction and Operation of Tugs.  The Guidance Note provides safety rules for tugs in an area of marine safety where there are many vessels not covered


Titanic & the Launch of a Landmark Safety Agreement

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100+ years later, SOLAS still steering international maritime cooperation When the RMS Titanic made its debut in 1912, the ship epitomized everything new and advanced about shipbuilding and construction.  It was the largest ship of its day


Ocean Safety Sees Big Boost in Gas Business

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Ocean Safety said it has been busy since gaining Lloyds Register approval to carry out hydrostatic pressure testing in accordance with TPED (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive) and things are only set to get busier. During the past year Ocean Safety has noticed a steady increase in business


Update to Fire Damage to Australian Patrol Boat

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Bundaberg suffered significant damage due to a fire which occurred on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Brisbane. The boat was undergoing routine maintenance at the Aluminium Boats Australia commercial facility when the fire started.






 
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