The US Coast Guard issued two Safety Alerts regarding shipboard fixed firefighting systems.

Alert 10(a)-10 advises that investigation of a recent machinery space fire on a relatively new vessel revealed that the shipyard commissioning test procedures differed materially from procedures documented in the vessel’s Firefighting Instruction Manual (FIM). Utilizing the FIM, the master was unable to activate the fixed firefighting system for the machinery space. Stakeholders are strongly recommended to ensure that all supporting documentation for such systems is consistent with each other and with the relevant systems actually installed.

Alert 10(b)-10 advises that investigation of a recent machinery space fire on a relatively new vessel revealed that numerous problems with the installation of the vessel’s fixed firefighting system had been overlooked during commissioning and during recent servicing and inspection by an authorized service provider. Stakeholders are strongly recommended to carefully and critically review, routinely inspect and maintain, and verify and test their fixed firefighting installations to ensure that they will operate correctly during an emergency. (12/21/10)

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