In a surprising turn of events the ABS has published a firefighting guide title Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers, says a press release published on their website.
This is the first time that someone in the industry has published such a detailed firefighting guidelines.
ABS Aiming To Mitigate Crew Risk
“Container Carriers have grown much larger in recent years and the volume of cargo carried has expanded significantly. In addition, the nature of the cargo has changed. Fires involving containers, especially with the volume and type of cargo now being carried, are becoming more frequent and can present a significant risk to the safety of the crew and the vessel. Aligned with the ABS safety mission, we address this issue and provide guidance for the development of robust designs that are better suited to address this key industry challenge.” said ABS Gareth Burton, Vice President of Technology.
The guide is the first of its kind to address firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels, the location of a series of high-profile fires onboard.
Who is it for?
The Guide is for the use of designers, builders, owners and operators in the marine industry and specifies the ABS requirements for addressing fire safety in four key areas:
- fire-fighting for containers stowed on deck,
- fire-fighting for containers stowed below,
- fire safety of the deckhouse and container hold flooding as a measure for fire-fighting.
How does it address concern areas?
These notations address early fire detection, more efficient fire suppression, better protection of crew, and the safety considerations associated with cargo hold flooding as a means of fire-fighting. These requirements are above and beyond current SOLAS and related industry regulations.
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