Accession Number : ADA320283

Title :   Fire Safety Analysis of the 225' WLB(R) Seagoing Buoy Tender.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INST MA

Personal Author(s) : Sprague, Chester M. ; White, Derek ; Dolph, Brian

PDF Url : ADA320283

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 402

Abstract : This report documents the results of a comprehensive fire safety analysis of the 225' WLB(R) Seagoing Buoy Tender. The Ship Fire Safety Engineering Methodology (SFSEM) and associated computer program, SAFE version 2.2, were utilized as an analytical tool to perform the analysis. The SFSEM is a probabilistic based fire risk analysis methodology. It is useful to conduct a structured and comprehensive analysis of the performance of all types of surface ships as a fire safety system. The SFSEM provides an integrated framework for analyzing fires on ships in comparison to established fire safety objectives. It accounts for all relevant aspects of fire safety including the growth and spread of fire, the effectiveness of passive design features such as barriers, and active fire protection features such as fixed and portable fire extinguishing systems as well as manual fire suppression. SAFE implements the SFSEM and evaluates the probability of spaces and barriers limiting a fire. The evaluation is conducted on a compartment-by-compartment basis. SAFE calculates the probable paths of fire spread for a user-specified time duration. The input data was based on actual data collected during a ship visit on the CGC JUNIPER. Significant conclusions include that the minimal manning levels proposed for this cutter are feasible due to the well-designed and comprehensive fire and smoke detection system installed in the cutter coupled with the installation of automated fire protection systems in engineering spaces and other compartments with especially hazardous fuel loads. A fire protection doctrine tailored for this class of cutter is included as an appendix.

Descriptors :   *COAST GUARD SHIPS, *FIRE PREVENTION, *FIRE HAZARDS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, FIRE FIGHTING, FIRE PROTECTION, FIRE SUPPRESSION, FIRE EXTINGUISHING AGENTS, BOAT AND SHIP SAFETY, COAST GUARD RESEARCH, BUOYS, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, TENDERS(VESSELS), SMOKE ABATEMENT, SHIP FIRES.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE