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IMO requirements

SOLAS Regulation II-2/14.2.2.1 requires that the maintenance, testing and inspections of fire-extinguishing systems shall be carried out based on the guidelines developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and in a manner having due regard to ensuring the reliability of fire-fighting systems and appliances. To comply with the requiremes IMO issued following circulars:

• MSC.1/Circ.1516: titled as Amendments to the Revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances (MSC.1/Circ.1432), 8 June 2015, outcome of MSC 95 (3 to 12 June 2015)
• MSC.1/CIRC.1432: titled as Revised Guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances, 31 May 2012, outcome of MSC 90 (16 to 25 May 2012)
• MSC.1/Circ.1312: titled as Revised Guidelines for the performance and testing criteria, and surveys of foam concentrates for fixed fire-extinguishing systems, 10 June 2009, outcome of MSC 86 (27 May to 5 June 2009)
• MSC/Circular.670 - Guidelines for The Performance and Testing Criteria and Surveys of High-Expansion Foam Concentrates for Fixed FireExtinguishing Systems (http://imo.udhb.gov.tr/dosyam/EKLER/MSC-Circ.670.pdf)

Statistics of the INTERCARGO database of bulk carrier incidents

The INTERCARGO database of bulk carrier incidents highlighted:

  • In 2016, 3.8% of the total 294 incidents reported were related to fire incidents in cargo holds, Engine Room and cabins;
  • In 1H 2017, 4.3% of the total 165 incidents of same categories reported.

Findings with PSC MoU annual reports

  • Paris MoU: Annual Report 2016: In 2016 deficiencies in fire safety accounted for 12.9% of all deficiencies recorded, compared to 13.4% in 2015. The number of deficiencies decreased from 5,585 in 2015 to 5,390 in 2016. First safety is the number 1 of top 5 categories of deficiencies in 2016.
  • AMSA: 2016 PSC Report: Fire safety deficiencies have been the 2nd of the top 5 detainable deficiencies in 2014-2016.
  • Tokyo MoU: Annual report 2016: It has been noted that fire safety measures, safety of navigation and life-saving appliances continue to be the top three categories of deficiencies discovered on ships.

P&I Club guidance on prevention of engine room fire

Recently UK P&I published “Risk Focus: Engine Room Fires” at webpage https://www.ukpandi.com/loss-prevention/article/risk-focus-engine-room-fires-136560/.

Gard also has some webpages with guidance of same subject, such as the one http://www.gard.no/web/updates/content/53332/fire-safety-in-the-engine-room.