CHAPTER 11 | FIRE PROTECTION
[For ships constructed from 01-Jan-2007, Applicable from 01-Jan-2007]
11.1.1 The requirements for tankers in SOLAS chapter II-2 shall apply to ships covered by the Code, irrespective of tonnage, including ships of less than 500 tons gross tonnage, except that:
1. regulations 10.8 and 10.9 shall not apply;
2. regulation 188.8.131.52 (i.e. the requirements for location of the main cargo control station) need not apply;
3. regulations 10.2, 10.4, and 10.5 shall apply as they would apply to cargo ships of 2000 tons gross tonnage and over;
4. regulation 10.5.6 shall apply to ships of 2000 gross tonnage and over;
5. the provisions of 11.3 shall apply in lieu of regulation 10.8;
6. the provisions of 11.2 shall apply in lieu of regulation 10.9;
7. regulation 4.5.10 shall apply to ships of 500 gross tonnage and over, replacing “hydrocarbon gases” by “flammable vapours” in the regulation; and
8. regulations 13.3.4 and 13.4.3 shall apply to ships of 500 gross tonnage and over.
11.1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of 11.1.1, ships engaged solely in the carriage of products which are non-flammable (entry NF in column i of the table of minimum requirements) need not comply with requirements for tankers specified in SOLAS chapter II-2, provided that they comply with the requirements for cargo ships of that chapter, except that regulation 10.7 need not apply to such ships and 11.2 and 11.3, hereunder, need not apply.
11.1.3 For ships engaged solely in the carriage of products with a flashpoint of 60°C and above (entry “Yes” in column i of the table of minimum requirements), the requirements of SOLAS chapter II-2 may apply as specified in regulation II-2/1.6.4 in lieu of the provisions of this chapter.
11.1.4 In lieu of the provisions of SOLAS regulation II-2/1.6.7, the requirements of regulations II-2/184.108.40.206.1 and II-2/220.127.116.11.4 shall apply and a system for continuous monitoring of the concentration of flammable vapours shall be fitted on ships of 500 gross tonnage and over which were constructed before 1 January 2009 by the date of the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 January 2009, but not later than 1 January 2012. Sampling points or detector heads should be located in suitable positions in order that potentially dangerous leakages are readily detected. When the flammable vapour concentration reaches a pre-set level which shall not be higher than 10% of the lower flammable limit, a continuous audible and visual alarm signal shall be automatically effected in the pump-room and cargo control room to alert personnel to the potential hazard. However, existing monitoring systems already fitted having a pre-set level not greater than 30% of the lower flammable limit may be accepted. Notwithstanding the above provisions, the Administration may exempt ships not engaged on international voyages from those requirements.
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