Are the requirements for personal protective equipment for firefighting at sea sufficient? This is a concern from Swedish shipowners and the origin of the project. Through the project, it is examined what would be relevant requirements with respect to when, where and how it is used and how the Marine Equipment Directive and SOLAS correspond to this
The level of protection for personal protective equipment in firefighting is an important issue for Swedish shipowners because they want to be sure that the equipment they provide is sufficiently safe for the types of fires that can occur on board. In particular, ro-ro shipowners want to be updated on risks related to vehicle development and new energy carriers (e.g. electric cars, LNG trucks). Minimum requirements for personal protective equipment should be in relation to expected risks and how often personnel are exposed to fires. At the same time, it must be easy to use and enable the work that fighting a fire means, given the variation that exists within the fire team (e.g. gender, age). Several flag states have stressed the high relevance of the topic within IMO (International Maritime Organization) and the question has been brought up on recurring occasions within the sub-committee Ship Systems and Equipment.
Through this project, RISE is investigating which standards and level of requirements there are for protective clothing used for firefighting onboard SOLAS ships. In particular for EU flagged ships where the requirements of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) must be fulfilled and the equipment must be wheel marked. It is also investigated if these requirements are sufficient and if additional requirements are needed.
The goal of the project is to give recommendations about what requirements the personal protective clothing onboard SOLAS vessels should fulfil and relate those to the existing standards. The purpose is to provide shipping companies and other actors with clarity on the subject, to help ensure that reasonable requirements are set, and that protective equipment can be purchased in the future that meets the protection levels and other requirement that are relevant in firefighting onboard.
A reference group consisting of stakeholders such as shipowners, suppliers and authority is supporting the project.
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Project report (pdf, 3.33 MB)