From: Maritime Administrator - Marshall Islands - International Registries, Inc.
To: Regional Marine Safety Offices, Nautical Inspectors, Masters, Owners/Agents
Subject: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRE-FIGHTERS’ OUTFITS
Date: 23 May 2014
Please be advised that the 2014 amendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code, adopted by IMO Resolutions MSC.338(91) an MSC.339(91), 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:
Changes to SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.1 and the FSS Code mean that: “Compressed air breathing apparatus shall be fitted with an audible alarm and a visual or other device which will alert the user before the volume of the air in the cylinder has been reduced to no less than 200 litres.”
This applies to ship’s constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 July 2014. Ships constructed (keel laid) before 1 July 2014 must comply no later than 1 July, 2019.
New SOLAS regulation II-2/188.8.131.52, relating to ‘Onboard training and drills requires that: “An onboard means of recharging breathing apparatus cylinders used during drills shall be provided or a suitable number of spare cylinders shall be carried on board to replace those used.”
This applies to all ships on or after 1 July 2014.
[B]Two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses [/B]
New SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.4 requires that: “For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two (2) two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board. Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first safety equipment survey after 1 July, 2018.”
Owners and operators of new and existing ships should ensure that the fire fighters’ outfits on their vessels meet the requirements of SOLAS and the FSS Code and that any changes to the fire locker contents are shown on the vessel’s fire control plans, if included. Please also bring this information to the attention of your members, crews, surveyors and other relevant employees and parties.