618 - 1/09 - Ventilation closures for fixed gas fire extinguishing systems- Worldwide

The United States Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 13-08 addressing the importance of ensuring proper operation of ventilation closure devices, for spaces protected by fixed gas fire extinguishing systems on small passenger vessels.

Properly operating ventilation closures ensure the effectiveness of the vessel fire-fighting systems and minimise the spread of fire to other areas of the vessel. Recent vessel casualty investigations conducted by the US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), into fires aboard small passenger vessels, have raised awareness for the need to properly inspect and test ventilation closures for spaces protected by fixed gas fire extinguishing systems.

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