ABS Issues Guide For Firefighting For Cargo Areas Of Container Carriers
For the first time in the industry, a Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Area of Container Carriers has been published by ABS.
There has never been such a guide before which addresses firefighting, safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels and the location of various major onboard fires.
“Container Carriers have grown much larger in recent years and the volume of cargo carried has expanded significantly. In addition, the nature of the cargo has changed. Fires involving containers, especially with the volume and type of cargo now being carried, are becoming more frequent and can present a significant risk to the safety of the crew and the vessel. Aligned with the ABS safety mission, we address this issue and provide guidance for the development of robust designs that are better suited to address this key industry challenge.” said ABS Gareth Burton, Vice President of Technology.
The Guide is majorly for the designers, builders, owners, and operators of the shipping industry. It also mentions the needs of ABS in order to look at the safety against fire in four major areas: ‘fire-fighting for containers stowed on deck, fire-fighting for containers stowed below, fire safety of the deckhouse and container hold flooding as a measure for fire-fighting.’
These points also include early detection of fire, better fire suppression, efficient protection of crew and the safety requirements related to cargo hold flooding as a means of fire-fighting. These requirements are better than the present SOLAS and the other related regulations of the industry.