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Vessel Fire Safety Regulations (SOR/2017-14)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-02

PART 1Chapter II-2 of SOLAS and Modifications (continued)

Requirements (continued)

Regulation 10 of Chapter II-2 of SOLAS — Firefighting (continued)

  •  (1) For the purposes of regulation 10.2.2.4.2,

    • (a) “in any event be capable of delivering at least the two required jets of water” is to be read as “in normal operating conditions be capable of delivering at least the required jets of water”; and

    • (b) “at least the two jets of water required in paragraph 2.1.5.1” is to be read as “at least the required jets of water”.

  • (2) The fire pumps on vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage, other than passenger vessels that are Safety Convention vessels, are not required to meet the minimum capacity requirement of 25 m3/h set out in regulation 10.2.2.4.2.

Fire Hoses and Nozzles
  •  (1) In addition to the requirements of regulation 10.2.3.1.1, the fire hoses in a machinery space of category A or that serve a space that contains flammable materials must be connected to the fire hydrants at all times. If there is more than one fire hose in a machinery space of category A, one of the fire hoses in that space must also be connected to a portable foam applicator.

  • (2) In addition to the requirements of regulation 10.2.3.1.1, every fire hose must be

    • (a) stowed in a space designed to permit the deployment of the hose without it becoming entangled; and

    • (b) stored in a fire hose cabinet that protects the hose from the anticipated low ambient temperatures.

  • (3) The nozzles, couplings and fittings for the fire hoses on a tanker must be made of brass, bronze or other equivalent non-sparking material.

  • (4) For the purposes of regulation 10.2.3.2.1,

    • (a) the design of the piping system must be taken into consideration in determining the number of fire hoses;

    • (b) the minimum diameter of a fire hose must be 38 mm; and

    • (c) every fire hose must have the same diameter, but hoses in machinery spaces and other interior locations may have a smaller diameter than hoses in other locations if the smaller diameter is for the purpose of convenient handling.

  • (5) For the purposes of regulation 10.2.3.3.3, if section 127 applies and the number and position of hydrants on the vessel is such that only one jet of water may reach any part of the vessel, “from two jets” is to be read as “from one jet”.

Portable Fire Extinguishers
  •  (1) For the purposes of regulation 10.3.2.1, on a passenger vessel

    • (a) each main vertical zone below the bulkhead deck must be provided with the greater of

      • (i) two portable water fire extinguishers of at least 9 L capacity each or two portable fire extinguishers of equivalent fire-extinguishing capability, and

      • (ii) two portable fire extinguishers of a type described in subparagraph (i) for each 15 m, or fraction of 15 m, in length of the zone;

    • (b) each main vertical zone on or above the bulkhead deck must be provided, on each side of the vessel, with one portable fire extinguisher of a type described in subparagraph (a)(i); and

    • (c) despite paragraph (b), if the vessel is of less than 500 gross tonnage and is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2, each main vertical zone on or above the bulkhead deck must be provided with one portable fire extinguisher of a type described in subparagraph (a)(i).

  • (2) For the purposes of regulation 10.3.2.1, on a cargo vessel

    • (a) the area within the outside boundary of each accommodation space below the bulkhead deck must be provided with the greater of

      • (i) two portable water fire extinguishers of at least 9 L capacity each or two portable fire extinguishers of equivalent fire-extinguishing capability, and

      • (ii) two portable fire extinguishers of a type described in subparagraph (i) for each 15 m, or fraction of 15 m, in length of the area; and

    • (b) the area within the outside boundary of each accommodation space on or above the bulkhead deck must be provided with one portable fire extinguisher of a type described in subparagraph (a)(i) for each 15 m, or fraction of 15 m, in length of the area.

  • (3) For the purposes of regulation 10.3.2.1, in addition to the portable fire extinguishers required by subsections (1) and (2),

    • (a) one portable water fire extinguisher of at least 9 L capacity or one portable fire extinguisher of equivalent fire-extinguishing capability must be provided next to the access to each storeroom for each 232 m2, or fraction of 232 m2, of surface area of the storeroom;

    • (b) each galley and each pantry that contains cooking facilities must be provided with one portable dry-chemical fire extinguisher of at least 4.5 kg capacity or one portable fire extinguisher of equivalent fire-extinguishing capability for each 232 m2, or fraction of 232 m2, of surface area of the galley or pantry; and

    • (c) each control station must be provided with one portable fire extinguisher of a type described in paragraph (b).

  •  (1) Every portable fire extinguisher must be fitted with a clamp bracket that

    • (a) is designed to withstand the roll, pitch and vibration of the vessel; and

    • (b) holds the fire extinguisher securely in place but provides quick and positive release of the fire extinguisher for immediate use.

  • (2) Every wheeled-type portable fire extinguisher must be fitted with a metal clip arrangement that

    • (a) is designed to withstand the roll, pitch and vibration of the vessel; and

    • (b) holds the fire extinguisher securely in place but provides quick and positive release of the fire extinguisher for immediate use.

 Regulation 10.3.3 does not apply in respect of a vessel that is not a Safety Convention vessel and is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2.

Types of Fixed Fire-extinguishing Systems

 If a machinery space on a vessel that is constructed of wood, glass-reinforced plastic or aluminum alloy is provided with a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system, the system must, despite regulation 10.4.1.1.1, have a sufficient quantity of gas to provide two independent charges of gas.

Fire-extinguishing Arrangements in Machinery Spaces
  •  (1) Regulations 10.5.1.2.1, 10.5.2.2.1 and 10.5.3.2.1 do not apply in respect of a vessel that is not a Safety Convention vessel, is of less than 500 gross tonnage and is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2.

  • (2) The requirement in regulation 10.5.2.2.2 with respect to foam fire extinguishers of at least 45 L capacity each or equivalent does not apply in respect of a vessel that is not a Safety Convention vessel, is of less than 500 gross tonnage and is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2.

  • (3) Regulation 10.5.6 does not apply in respect of a vessel that is not a Safety Convention vessel and is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2.

Spaces Containing Flammable Liquids

 For the purposes of regulation 10.6.3.2, the fire-extinguishing arrangements must include fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems, fixed foam fire-extinguishing systems and fixed pressure water-spraying fire-extinguishing systems that meet the applicable requirements of the FSS Code for the system.

Fixed Gas Fire-extinguishing Systems for General Cargo

 For the purposes of regulation 10.7.1.2, “it is shown to the satisfaction of the Administration that a passenger ship is engaged on voyages of such short duration that it would be unreasonable to apply the requirements of paragraph 7.1.1” is to be read as “a passenger ship is engaged on voyages of not more than 48 hours’ duration during which the cargo holds are opened to discharge or receive cargo”.

Firefighters’ Outfits
  •  (1) Regulations 10.10.2.1 and 10.10.2.2 do not apply in respect of a vessel that is not a Safety Convention vessel, is of less than 500 gross tonnage and, if the vessel is not a cargo vessel, is engaged on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2.

  • (2) Regulation 10.10.2.3 applies only in respect of tankers of 500 gross tonnage or more.

Fire Axes
  •  (1) In addition to the requirements of regulation 10, a passenger vessel on a near coastal voyage, Class 1, or an unlimited voyage must be provided with the greater of

    • (a) three fire axes, and

    • (b) one fire axe for each 15 m, or fraction of 15 m, in length of the vessel.

  • (2) In addition to the requirements of regulation 10, a passenger vessel on a sheltered waters voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 2, must be provided with

    • (a) if the vessel is of less than 500 gross tonnage but of 24 m or more in length, two fire axes; and

    • (b) if the vessel is of 500 gross tonnage or more, one fire axe for each 15 m, or fraction of 15 m, in length of the vessel.

  • (3) In addition to the requirements of regulation 10, a cargo vessel must be provided with

    • (a) if the vessel is of less than 500 gross tonnage but of 24 m or more in length, two fire axes; and

    • (b) if the vessel is of 500 gross tonnage or more, three fire axes.

 
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