Accession Number : ADA318813

Title :   Small Cutter Fire Protection Project.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 90-Oct 93,

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Personal Author(s) : Sprague, Chester M. ; Romberg, Betty H. ; Dolph, Brian L.

PDF Url : ADA318813

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 339

Abstract : The Small Cutter Fire Protection Project is a comprehensive effort to analyze the fire safety of nine classes of Coast Guard Patrol Boats, Tugboats, and Buoy Tenders between 65' and 110' in length. This is the final report in the project; it documents and summarizes the major results, conclusions and recommendations provided in the four interim reports submitted during the course of the project. The four interim reports are: "Analysis of Cutter Standard Repair Locker Inventory"; Preliminary Fire Safety Analysis of Three Small Coast Guard Cutters"; Fire Safety Analysis of Three Small Coast Guard Cutter Classes"; and "Fire Safety Analysis of Six Small Coast Guard Cutter Classes". In addition, the final report includes a detailed fire protection doctrine tailored for each class of cutter. Each doctrine provides: information pertinent to fire science in part A, firefighting policy and guidance provided by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard for small cutters in part B, and procedures for combating all classes of fires in all conceivable compartments in part C. The Ship Fire Safety Engineering Methodology (SFSEM) was utilized as an analytical tool to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the baseline fire safety and hypothetical improvements to achieve preestablished fire safety objectives. Results indicate that the majority of compartments in small cutters meet fire safety objectives with their existing passive and active fire protection features in effect. The Method was shown to be a valuable tool to evaluate heretofore incomparable entities such as a better barrier or a more effective firefighting system and quantify their effectiveness. This study clearly demonstrates that it is feasible to reduce reliance on manual firefighting in small cutters by enhancing selective passive and active fire protection features.

Descriptors :   *FIRE PROTECTION, *CUTTERS, *COAST GUARD SHIPS, *FIRE SAFETY, POLICIES, BASE LINES, MANUAL OPERATION, FIRE FIGHTING, PATROL CRAFT, DOCTRINE, BUOYS, TENDERS(VESSELS), TUGBOATS.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE