The author states that passenger vessels, including those used for cruise shipping, are the fastest growing segment of the marine industry thoughout the world. There are, however, numerous unresolved fire safety issues, particularly in the design and operation of these passenger vessels. This paper presents the views of the author, who is the head of the Fire Protection Section of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection. Citing the fire protection regulations of the SOLAS Convention, the author mentions examples of the incorrect interpretation of these safety regulations in ship design. Some of the examples discussed involve escape routes and passageways, stairtowers, main vertical zones, sprinklers, and smoke control. The author stresses the importance of adhering to the correct safety rules well in advance of ship production at a time when three million U.S. passengers a year take a cruise on these passenger vessels. Toward this end, a call is made to ship designers and shipbuilders to work together with the U.S. regulatory bodies to resolve these safety issues.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Paper presented at a meeting of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London Branch, March 15, 1990
  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Murtagh, M M
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00660648
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM