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The Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 1999

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PART IIAMENDMENTS OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (FIRE PROTECTION: SMALL SHIPS) REGULATIONS 1998

28.  The Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Small Ships) Regulations 1998(1) shall be amended as follows.

29.  In regulation 1(2):

(a)in the definition of “’A’ Class division”, for “139°C” there shall be substituted “140°C”;

(b)in the definition of “dangerous goods”, for “Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 1997” there shall be substituted “Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997(2)”;

(c)after the definition of “equivalent material”, the following definition shall be inserted:

“Fire Test Procedures Code” means the International Code for Application of Fire Test Procedures, as adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation by resolution MSC.61(67);;

(d)in the definition of “lightweight”, “with” shall be omitted;

(e)after the definition of “lightweight”, the following definition shall be inserted:

“low flame spread” means that the surface described will adequately restrict the spread of flame, this being determined in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code;;

(f)for the definition of “non-combustible material” there shall be substituted:

“non-combustible material” means a material which neither burns nor gives off flammable vapours in sufficient quantity for self-ignition when heated to approximately 750°C, this being determined in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code. Any other material is a combustible material;;

(g)in the definition of “special category spaces” the words “and to which such vehicles can be driven” shall be omitted;

(h)for the definition of “standard fire test” there shall be substituted:

  • “standard fire test” is one in which a specimen of the relevant bulkhead or deck is exposed in a test furnace to temperatures corresponding approximately to a standard time-temperature curve in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code;;

(i)before the definition of “tanker” there shall be inserted the following definition:

  • “suitable” in relation to material means approved by the Secretary of State as suitable for the purpose for which it is used;; and

(j)the definition of “surface spread of flame” shall be deleted.

30.  In regulation 1(7)(a)(i) for other “such ships” there shall be substituted “non-United Kingdom ships of such Classes, size and tonnage”.

31.  In regulation 2(1):

(a)the following entries shall be inserted before the entry “Class II(A)”;

Class IPassenger ships engaged on voyages any of which are long international voyages;
Class IIPassenger ships engaged only on short international voyages;

(b)in the entry for Class XII, for “pleasure craft” there shall be substituted “pleasure vessels”.

32.  In regulation 25, in the subheading, for “after 1st September” there shall be substituted “on or after 1st September”.

33.  For regulation 43 there shall be substituted:

(1) In every ship constructed on or after 1st November 1992 but before 1st July 1998 of Class II(A), Class III, Class IV, Class V carrying 250 passengers or more operating in category B waters, Class V carrying 50 passengers or more operating in category C waters, Class VI carrying 50 passengers or more or Class VI(A), all accommodation bulkheads, linings, ceilings and their associated grounds shall be constructed of non-combustible materials and their exposed surfaces shall have qualities of resistance to the propagation of flame to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State; and

(2) In every ship constructed on or after 1st July 1998 of Class II(A), Class III, Class IV, Class V carrying 250 passengers or more operating in category B waters, Class V carrying 50 passengers or more operating in category C waters, Class VI carrying 50 passengers or more or Class VI(A), all accommodation bulkheads, linings, ceilings and their associated grounds shall be constructed of non-combustible materials and their exposed surfaces shall have low flame spread..

(1)

S.I. 1998/1011.

(2)

S.I. 1997/2367.

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