The first topic discussed by the author is the fire behavior of PVC cables that still comprise a majority of cables on existing ships, behavior that encompasses four phases: loss of functioning; their contribution to the rapid spread of flames; the development of large amounts of hydrogen chloride; and grave danger to human life from the products of decomposition. A detailed discussion then follows of the methods and tests incorporated in amendments adopted to the SOLAS Convention in 1981 with the aim of reducing the risk of cable fires aboard ships--amendments implemented in 1984 and then only for new ships. For ships built before 1984, the author looks at the products readily available on the market to cope with the problem of cable fire hazards and urges their use in the interest of improved fire safety.

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  • Pagination: 10p.+discuss.

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  • Accession Number: 00659690
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM