Q. Means of stopping the main engines from a remote position outside of the engine room is a requirement of the regulations. What types of ‘stops’ are provided and what do they cut off?
A. The more modern vessel will be equipped with ‘solenoid switches’ which operate ‘gate valves’. These close down the fuel supply, shut down fans, and boilers inside the machinery space.
Q. If your vessel is fitted with a heli-landing deck, what firefighting and emergency equipment would you expect to find available?
A. Helicopter landing areas are expected to have a crash-box of emergency equipment adjacent to the landing area and additionally the following fire-fighting appliances:
a. Dry powder extinguisher of 45 kg capacity.
b. A foam application system.
c. CO2 extinguisher of 16 kg capacity.
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