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The Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Large Ships) Regulations 1998

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I PRELIMINARY

    1. Citation, commencement, interpretation, application, exemption and revocation

      1. 1.Citation and commencement

      2. 2.Classification of ships

  3. PART II FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE APPLIANCESPASSENGER SHIPSSHIPS OF CLASS I

    1. 3.Fire pumps, fire main, water service pipes, hydrants, hoses and nozzles

    2. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. (11) Notwithstanding paragraph (7) above, in every ship of Class...

      2. 4.Portable fire extinguishers in accommodation, cargo and service spaces

      3. 5.Fixed fire-extinguishing systems in cargo spaces

    3. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. (3) In every ship of Class I engaged in the...

      2. Special requirements for cargo space ventilation

    4. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 6.(1) In every ship of Class I there shall be...

      2. 7.Machinery spaces of Category A

      3. 8.Machinery spaces containing steam turbines or enclosed steam engines

    5. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. in addition, where such spaces are to be periodically unattended,...

      2. Fire-extinguishing appliances in other machinery spaces

    6. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 9.In every ship of Class I where a fire hazard...

      2. 10.Paint lockers etc.

      3. 11.Fire patrol, detection and alarm systems

    7. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 8.In every ship of Class I, in any machinery space...

      2. 9.In special category spaces in which the patrol is not...

    8. Additional requirement for ships constructed on or after 1st January 1994

      1. 10.In every ship of Class I, where a public space...

    9. Additional requirement for ships constructed on or after 1st October 1994

      1. (11) (a) Every ship of Class I carrying more than...

      2. 12.Firemen’s outfits

      3. 13.International shore connection

  4. SHIPS OF CLASS II

    1. 14.Regulations 3 to 13 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  5. SHIPS OF CLASS II(A) OF 21.34 METRES IN LENGTH OR OVER

    1. 15.Regulations 3 to 13 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  6. PART III FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE APPLIANCESSHIPS OTHER THAN PASSENGER SHIPS AND TANKERSSHIPS OF CLASS VII OF 500 TONS OR OVER

    1. 16.Fire pumps, fire mains, water service pipes, hydrants, hoses and nozzles

    2. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. In every ship of Class VII of 2,000 tons or...

      2. 17.Portable fire extinguishers

    3. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. (2) In every such ship there shall be provided in...

      2. 18.Fixed fire-extinguishing arrangements in cargo spaces

    4. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 3.In every ship of Class VII engaged in the carriage...

      2. 4.In every ship of Class VII of 2,000 tons or...

    5. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. (5) In every ship of Class VII of 500 tons...

      2. Special requirements for cargo space ventilation

    6. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 19.(1) In every ship of Class VII of 500 tons...

      2. 20.Machinery spaces of Category A

      3. 21.Machinery spaces containing steam turbines or enclosed steam engines

    7. Additional requirement for ships constructed after 1st September 1984

      1. where such spaces are to be periodically unattended there shall...

      2. Fire-extinguishing appliances in other machinery spaces

    8. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 22.Where a fire hazard exists in any machinery space for...

      2. 23.Paint lockers etc.

      3. 24.Fire detection and fire alarm systems and sample extraction smoke detection systems

    9. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 2.In every ship of Class VII of 500 tons or...

    10. Additional requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. (3) In every ship of Class VII of 500 tons...

      2. 25.Firemen’s outfits

    11. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. (4) Every ship of Class VII of 500 tons or...

      2. 26.International shore connection

  7. SHIPS OF CLASS VII(A)

    1. 27.Regulations 16 to 26 inclusive shall apply to every ship...

  8. SHIPS OF CLASS VIII

    1. 28.Requirements for ships of 1,000 tons or over constructed before 25th May 1980

    2. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over but under 1,000 tons constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 2.Regulations 16, 17, 20 to 23 and 25 shall apply...

    3. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 3.Regulations 16 to 26 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  9. SHIPS OF CLASS VIII(A), IX AND IX(A)

    1. Requirements for ships of 1,000 tons or over constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 4.Regulations 16, 17 and 20 to 26 inclusive shall apply...

    2. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over but under 1,000 tons constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 5.Regulations 16, 17, 20 to 23 shall apply to ships...

    3. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 6.Regulations 16 to 26 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  10. SHIPS OF CLASS XI

    1. Requirements for ships of 1,000 tons or over constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 7.Regulations 16, 17 and 20 to 26 shall apply to...

    2. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over but under 1,000 tons constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 8.Regulations 16, 17, 20 to 23 and 25 shall apply...

    3. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 9.Regulations 16 to 26 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  11. SHIPS OF CLASS XII

    1. Requirements for ships of 1,000 tons or over constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 10.Regulations 16, 17 and 20 to 26 shall apply to...

    2. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over but under 1,000 tons constructed before 25th May 1980

      1. 11.Regulations 16, 17, 20 to 23 and 25 shall apply...

    3. Requirements for ships of 500 tons or over constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 12.Regulations 16 to 26 inclusive shall apply to ships of...

  12. PART IV FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE APPLIANCESTANKERS OF CLASS VII(T) OF 500 TONS OR OVER

    1. 29.General requirements

    2. Cargo tank protection

    3. Inert gas systems

      1. 30.(1) Every tanker of Class VII(T) of 20,000 tons or...

    4. Deck foam systems

      1. 8.Every Category A tanker of Class VII(T) of 100,000 tons...

      2. 9.Every tanker referred to in paragraph (1), constructed before 25th...

      3. 10.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of 2,000 tons or over...

      4. 11.Every fixed foam fire-extinguishing installation fitted to meet the requirements...

      5. 12.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of 2,000 tons or over...

      6. 13.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of under 2,000 tons not...

    5. Requirements for ships constructed between 25th May 1980 and 1st September 1984

      1. 14.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of 2,000 tons or over...

      2. 15.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of under 2,000 tons shall...

    6. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 16.Every tanker of Class VII(T) of 500 tons or over...

      2. 17.Where a liquid cargo (other than one referred to in...

    7. Equivalence

      1. (18) (a) Other fixed fire-extinguishing systems may be provided if...

      2. Cargo tank purging and/or gas freeing

    8. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 31.(1) In every tanker of Class VII(T) of 500 tons...

      2. Cargo pump rooms

    9. Fixed fire-extinguishing arrangements in cargo pump rooms

      1. 32.(1) In every category A tanker of Class VII(T) of...

    10. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. (2) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (3), in every...

      2. Fire main isolating valves

    11. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 33.In every tanker of Class VII(T) of 500 tons or...

      2. 34.Firemen’s outfits

  13. TANKERS OF CLASS VIII(T)

    1. 35.Regulations 29 to 34 inclusive shall apply to tankers of...

  14. TANKERS OF CLASSES VIII(A)(T) AND IX(A)(T)

    1. 36.(a) Regulation 25(4) shall apply to tankers of Classes VIII(A)(T)...

  15. PART V FIRE PREVENTION AND APPLIANCES

  16. GENERAL

    1. 37.Requirements for ships provided with helicopter decks with or without fuelling facilities

    2. Helicopter deck operations manual

    3. Additional requirements for ships constructed after 1st February 1992

      1. (5) If a ship mentioned in regulation 49(1) or (3)—...

      2. 38.Fire pumps

    4. Additional requirement for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. (5) For every ship of 2,000 tons or over, other...

      2. 39.Fire main, water service pipes and hydrants

      3. 40.Fire hoses, nozzles, etc.

      4. Special requirements for fixed fire-extinguishing systems

    5. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 41.(1) Where halogenated hydrocarbon is used as an extinguishing medium...

      2. 42.Fixed low-expansion foam fire-extinguishing systems in machinery spaces

      3. Fixed fire-extinguishing systems not required by these Regulations

    6. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 43.In every ship where a fixed extinguishing system not required...

      2. 44.Fire extinguishers

      3. 45.Fire buckets

      4. 46.Firemen’s outfits

      5. 47.Means for stopping machinery, shutting off oil fuel suction pipes and closing of openings

      6. Gaseous fuel for domestic purposes

    7. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st September 1984

      1. 48.Where gaseous fuel is used for domestic purposes the arrangements...

      2. 49.Fire control plans

      3. 50.Availability of fire-fighting appliances

  17. PART VI STRUCTURAL FIRE PROTECTION

  18. PASSENGER SHIPS

    SHIPS OF CLASSES I, II, AND II(A)

    1. 51.Application

    2. 52.Structure

    3. Helicopter decks

    4. Requirements for ships constructed on or after 1st February 1992

      1. 53.(1) This regulation applies to a ship having a helicopter...

      2. 54.Main vertical zones and horizontal zones

    5. Additional requirements for a ship constructed on or after 1st October 1994

      1. (5) In the application of paragraph (1) to a ship...

      2. 55.Bulkheads within a main vertical zone

      3. 56.Fire Integrity of bulkheads and decks

      4. 57.Protection of stairways and lifts in accommodation and service spaces

      5. 58.Openings in “A” Class divisions

      6. 59.Openings in “B” Class divisions

      7. 60.Ventilation systems

    6. Additional requirements for a ship constructed on or after 1st January 1994

      1. (6) Where a public space spans three or more decks...

      2. 61.Windows and sidescuttles

      3. 62.Restriction of combustible materials

      4. 63.Miscellaneous items of fire protection

      5. Automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm system or fixed fire detection andfire alarm system

    7. Requirements for a ship constructed on or after 25th May 1980

      1. 64.(1) In every ship there shall be installed in all...

    8. Additional requirements for a ship constructed on or after 1st July 1986

      1. 2.In a ship constructed on or after 1st July 1986...

    9. Additional requirements for a ship constructed on or after 1st January 1994

      1. 3.In a ship constructed on or after 1st January 1994,...

    10. Ships Constructed before 1st October 1994

      1. 4.On or after 1st October 1997, every ship constructed before...

      2. 5.(a) In every ship constructed before 1st October 1994 carrying...

    11. Ships Constructed on or after 1st October 1994

      1. (5) (b) In every ship constructed on or after 1st...

      2. 65.Protection of special category spaces and ro-ro cargo spaces

      3. 66.Protection of cargo spaces, other than special category spaces and ro-ro cargo spaces intended for the carriage of motor vehicles with fuel in their tanks for their own propulsion

      4. 67.Special arrangements in machinery spaces

      5. 68.Means of escape

    12. Additional requirement for a ship constructed on or after 1st January 1994

      1. 8.Where a ship constructed on or after 1st January 1994...

    13. Additional requirements for ro-ro passenger ships

      1. 9.(a) Ro-ro passenger ships shall comply with subparagraphs (b) to...

      2. 10.(a) This paragraph applies to ro-ro passenger ships constructed on...

      3. 11.An evacuation analysis demonstrating compliance with paragraph (1) shall be...

  19. PART VII STRUCTURAL FIRE PROTECTION:

  20. SHIPS OTHER THAN PASSENGER SHIPS OR TANKERS TO WHICH PART VIII APPLIES

    SHIPS OF CLASSES VII, VII(A), VIII, VIII(A), IX and IX(A) AND TANKERS OF CLASSES VII(T), VIII(T), VIII(A)(T) AND IX(A)(T) OF 500 TONS OR OVER

    1. 69.Application

    2. 70.Structure

    3. 71.Helicopter decks

    4. 72.Methods of fire protection

    5. 73.Bulkheads within accommodation spaces, services spaces and control stations

    6. 74.Fire integrity of bulkheads and decks

    7. 75.Protection of stairways and lifts in accommodation and service spaces

    8. 76.Openings in “A” Class divisions

    9. 77.Openings in “B” Class divisions

    10. 78.Ventilation systems

    11. 79.Details of construction

    12. 80.Restriction of combustible materials

    13. 81.Miscellaneous items of fire protection

    14. 82.Fixed fire detection and fire alarm system, and automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm system

    15. 83.Special arrangements in machinery spaces

    16. 84.Means of escape

  21. PART VIII STRUCTURAL FIRE PROTECTION

  22. TANKERS

  23. TANKERS OF CLASSES VII(T), VIII(T), VIII(A)(T) AND IX(A)(T) OF 500 TONS OR OVER

    1. 85.Application

    2. 86.Structure

    3. 87.Helicopter decks

    4. 88.Exterior boundaries of superstructures and deckhouses

    5. 89.Boundary bulkheads and decks of machinery spaces of Category A and cargo pump rooms

    6. 90.Bulkheads within accommodation spaces, service spaces and control stations

    7. 91.Fire integrity of bulkheads and decks

    8. 92.Protection of stairways and lifts in accommodation and service spaces

    9. 93.Openings in “A” Class divisons

    10. 94.Openings in “B” Class divisions

    11. 95.Ventilation systems

    12. 96.Details of construction

    13. 97.Restriction of combustible materials

    14. 98.Miscellaneous items of fire protection

    15. 99.Fixed fire detection and fire alarm system

    16. 100.Special arrangements in machinery spaces

    17. 101.Means of escape

  24. PART IX SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPS CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS

    1. 102.Ships carrying explosives

    2. 103.Ships carrying dangerous goods

  25. PART X EQUIVALENTS, PENALTIES AND DETENTION

    1. 104.Alternative construction and equivalents

    2. 105.Penalties

    3. 106.Powers to detain

  26. Signature

  27. Explanatory Note

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