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924 - 11/13 - Water Mist Detection - Worldwide
Following Bulletin 883 in May, the UK Club has been advised that vessels are continuing to be detained due to inoperative water mist systems.
There have been a total of 20 detentions due the inoperative water mist systems in the USA. In each case, the water supply valve was found in the closed position during the PSC examination, essentially rendering the water mist system “not readily available for immediate use”.
In many of the cases, the Chief Engineer did not know that the water supply valve was in the closed position and was left in the closed position during maintenance.
It is highly advisable to make frequent rounds and inspections of the water mist system, paying close attention to valve alignment as well as ensuring that there is adequate labelling so that existing and new crew members will know that the critical fixed fire fighting must be made available for immediate use.
Source of information:
UK P&I Loss Prevention Department