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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter KPart 118Subpart E → §118.500

Title 46: Shipping
Subpart E—Portable Fire Extinguishers

§118.500   Required number, type, and location.

(a) Each portable fire extinguisher on a vessel must be of a type approved by the Commandant. The minimum number of portable fire extinguishers required on a vessel must be acceptable to the cognizant OCMI, but must be not less than the minimum number required by Table 118.500(a) of this section and other provisions of this section.

(b) Table 118.500(a) of this section indicates the minimum required number and type of extinguisher for each space listed. Extinguishers with larger numerical ratings or multiple letter designations may be used if the extinguishers meet the requirements of the table.

Table 118.500(a)—Required Portable Fire Extinguishers

SpaceMinimum required ratingQuantity and location
Operating station10-B:C1.
Machinery space40-B:C1 in the vicinity of the exit.
Open vehicle deck40-B1 for every 10 vehicles.
Accommodation space2-A1 each for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof.
Pantry, concession stand2-A1 in the vicinity of the exit.

(c) A vehicle deck without a fixed sprinkler system and exposed to weather must have one 40-B portable fire extinguisher for every 10 vehicles, located near an entrance to the space.

(d) The frame or support of each semi-portable fire extinguisher permitted by paragraph (c) of this section must be welded or otherwise permanently attached to a bulkhead or deck.

[USCG-2012-0196, 81 FR 48270, July 22, 2016]

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