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IMO FP 50/11/6 4 November 2005 Original: ENGLISH

SUB-COMMITTEE ON FIRE PROTECTION 50th session Agenda item 11

CONSIDERATION OF IACS UNIFIED INTERPRETATIONS Clarification on the application of interpretations to SOLAS regulations II-2/5.3 and II-2/6.2 as contained in MSC/Circ.1120 Submitted by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) SUMMARY Executive summary: This document contains IACS’ viewpoint on the application to cargo ships of interpretations to SOLAS regulations II-2/5.3 and II-2/6.2 as contained in MSC/Circ.1120. This document also forwards IACS UI SC 127 Paragraph 12 SOLAS 74, as MSC/Circ.1120 amended; FTP Code; MSC 75/19/2 and

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Background 1 SOLAS regulation II-2/5.3 regulates the use of combustible materials on board ships. This regulation contains requirements on the fire characteristics that finishing materials shall possess (such as low flame-spread and maximum calorific value) as well as requirements on the total volume of combustible material allowed for facings mouldings, decoration and veneers within accommodation spaces. 2 In particular, SOLAS regulation II-2/5.3.2.4.2 states: “The following surfaces shall have low flame-spread characteristics in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code: 3.2.4.1 In passenger ships: .1 exposed surfaces in corridors and stairway enclosures and of bulkhead and ceiling linings in accommodation and service spaces (except saunas) and control stations; and ………………

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1 exposed surfaces in corridors and stairway enclosures and of ceilings in accommodation and service spaces (except saunas) and control stations.2 3 SOLAS regulation II-2/6. wall linings and ceilings as appropriate. as defined in regulation 3. Clarification needed 7 It is IACS opinion that the interpretations in MSC/Circ.2 In cargo ships: .2 8 Moreover. recognize that it is not specifically required that bulkheads and decks within accommodation spaces shall meet the requirement of SOLAS regulation II-2/6. IACS has the opinion that the table for passenger ships appearing on page 29 of MSC/Circ.” .2 in the appendix. electric cables. varnishes and other finishes) that are required to meet the smoke and toxicity requirements of the Fire Test Procedures Code differs from the wording used in SOLAS regulation 5.3.4.2 applies. floor coverings.FP 50/11/6 -2- 3. decks. These tables were derived from IACS UI SC 126.doc . this being determined in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code.”. varnishes or other finishes. 5 As far as the fire protection materials on cargo ships are concerned.2. see tables for regulations 5.”. .1120 should be expanded to include the items addressed by the table for cargo ships appearing on page 30 of MSC/Circ. 6 In respect to SOLAS regulation II-2/6.3 and 6.” 4 It is noted that the wording used in this regulation for identifying the surfaces (exposed interior surfaces covered with paints.2 are those of bulkheads. and surfaces and grounds in concealed or inaccessible spaces in accommodation and service spaces and control stations.1120 contains an interpretation which states “Surfaces referred to in regulation 6.1 for identifying those surfaces required to have low flame-spread characteristics.2 reads: “Paints.1120 contains one interpretation indicating “With respect to materials and components used for bulkheads in accommodation spaces. I:\FP\50\11-6.2 unless the surface is exposed and covered with paints. and for all ship types. MSC/Circ.2.1120 referred to in previous paragraphs 5 and 6 should be reviewed in order to: .1120. submitted to MSC 75 attached to document MSC 75/19/2. and furniture.1 for cargo ships. clearly identify the spaces to which the requirement set out in SOLAS regulation II-2/6. varnishes and other finishes used on exposed interior surfaces shall not be capable of producing excessive quantities of smoke and toxic products.2. The requirements described within these regulations are not meant to apply to plastic pipes. MSC/Circ.4.1.

2. Revision of UI SC 127 10 It is IACS opinion that Unified Interpretation SC 127. as shown in annex 1.-3- FP 50/11/6 IACS Viewpoint Revision of UI SC 126 9 IACS reviewed Unified Interpretation SC 126.doc . Action requested of the Sub-Committee 12 The Sub-Committee is invited to consider the foregoing discussion and take action as appropriate.1. *** I:\FP\50\11-6. in order to properly address the need for clarification explained in paragraph 7. adequately addresses the needed clarification explained in paragraph 7. given in annex 2. 11 Unified Interpretations in paragraphs 9 and 10 are applied by IACS Members on behalf of Administrations unless indicated otherwise.

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2) For the application of SOLAS regulations II-2/5. 2006. This Unified Interpretation is to be applied by all Members and Associates on ships contracted for construction on or after 1 January.2 Nov 2005) Fire Protection Materials for Cargo Ships (SOLAS regulations II-2/5. 2. 1998) (Rev.2.2 and 6.3 and 6.ANNEX 1 SC126 FP 50/11/6 SC126 (May. For further details regarding the date of “contract for construction”. refer to IACS Procedural Requirement (PR) No. 1998/Rev. The “contracted for construction” date means the date on which the contract to build the vessel is signed between the prospective owner and the shipbuilder. reference is to be made to the attached Figure 1 and associated Tables 1 and 2. 29. 14 Figure 1: Constructural elements in accommodation spaces Note: 1.1 June 2000) (Rev.2 2005 ." ▼ IACS Int.

FP 50/11/6 ANNEX 1 Page 2 SC126 cont’d Table 1: Method IC Requirements for components A Non Combustible Material Non Combustible Material Low Flame Spread Equivalent Volume B Calorific Value Smoke Production Reg.2. II-2/6. II-2/6. varnishes and other finishes (Reg. .2) (3) Only in corridors and stairway enclosures.3.917 and MSC/Circ.2 Reg.2 only applies to accommodation spaces.1. II-2/5. II-2/5.1 Reg.2. II-2/5.3. 1998/Rev.2.2 2005 (1) Vapour barriers used on pipes for cold systems (see UI SC 102) may be of combustible materials providing that their surface has low flame spread characteristics (Reg.4. 917 Add. II-2/5.1.2. service spaces and control stations as well as stairway enclosures (UI SC 127) .3.1. 1 ▼ .3.1 Reg.Regulation II-/6. reference is also to be made to MSC/Circ.3.1) (2) Applicable to paints. II-2/6. II-2/5.2 C D E F G Not readily ignite Reg.3.3.1 Reg.As far as window boxes construction is concerned.3 1 Moulding X X X X X X X X X 2 Panel 3 4 5 Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils Decoration 6 7 Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils Skirting board X X X X X X (2) X (2) 8 Insulation X (1) 9 10 Surfaces and paints in concealed or inaccessible spaces Draught stops X X X X X X X X (3) (3) 11 Grounds and supports 12 Lining X X X 13 Primary deck covering 1 st layer 14 Floor finishing X X (3) 15 Window box 16 Window box surface 17 18 Window box surface in concealed or inaccessible spaces Ceiling panel X (3) X X SC126 IACS Int.2.2 Reg. II-2/5.

ceiling and lining (Reg.2) (3) To be applied to those accommodation and service spaces bounded by non combustible bulkheads.2. II-2/5.3. II-2/6.1 Reg.1 Reg. II-2/5.2. II-2/5.2.3.3.1 Reg.2 Reg.3. 917 Add. II-2/5.SC126 SC126 cont’d Table 2: Methods IIC and IIIC Requirements for components A Non Combustible Material Low Flame Spread Equivalent Volume B Non Combustible Material Calorific Value Reg. 1 . II-2/ 5.Regulation II-/6.2. II-2/5. II-2/5. varnishes and other finishes (Reg.1) (4) Only in corridor and stairway enclosures serving accommodation and service spaces and control stations (Reg.1) (2) Where fire material is fitted on non combustible bulkheads. II-2/5.1.2.1.4.2) (6) Only in corridors and stairway enclosures.2 only applies to accommodation spaces.2.2 C Smoke Production Reg. . 1998/Rev.3.3.917 and MSC/Circ.3.As far as window boxes construction is concerned.1.2 2005 ▼ ▼ *** X (1) (2) X X (5) X (5) 7 Skirting board X X X X 8 Insulation 9 Surfaces and paints in concealed or inaccessible spaces X (4) (4) (4) 10 Draught stops 11 Grounds and supports X X X (6) 12 Lining X X X 13 Primary deck covering 1 st layer 14 Floor finishing X X (4) X (3) 15 Window box X (4) 16 Window box surface X (2) X (4) 17 18 Window box surface in concealed or inaccessible spaces Ceiling panel X (3) X X (4) (1) Vapour barriers used on pipes for cold systems (see UI SC 102) may be of combustible materials providing that their surface has low flame spread characteristics (Reg.2 D E F G Not readily ignite Reg.2.2.3.3. reference is also to be made to MSC/Circ.1. ceiling and lining in accommodation and service spaces (Reg. service spaces and control stations as well as stairway enclosures (UI SC 127) .3 1 Moulding X X (4) 2 Panel 3 X X (3) (3) (3) (3) X X X X (2) X 4 Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils 5 Decoration 6 Painted surfaces or Veneer or Fabric or Foils FP 50/11/6 ANNEX 1 Page 3 ▼ IACS Int.3. II-2/5. II-2/6.2) (5) Applicable to paints. II-2/6.3.2.

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____________________________ Note: 1. 1998) (Rev. For further details regarding the date of “contract for construction”. The “contracted for construction” date means the date on which the contract to build the vessel is signed between the prospective owner and the shipbuilder. refer to IACS Procedural Requirement (PR) No.2 2005 . II-2/6.1 July 2004) (Rev. 1998/Rev. varnishes and other finishes (May. This Unified Interpretation is to be applied by all Members and Associates on ships contracted for construction on or after 1 January." END 127-1 IACS Int.2) This regulation only applies to accommodation spaces.2 Nov 2005) (Reg. 29. service spaces and control stations as well as stairway enclosures. 2. 2006.ANNEX 2 FP 50/11/6 SC127 SC127 Paints.

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