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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter HPart 76 → Subpart 76.50


Title 46: Shipping
PART 76—FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT


Subpart 76.50—Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers and Semiportable Fire Extinguishing Systems, Arrangements and Details


Contents
§76.50-1   Application.
§76.50-5   [Reserved]
§76.50-10   Location.
§76.50-20   Semi-portable fire extinguishers.
§76.50-80   Locations and number of fire extinguishers required for vessels constructed prior to January 18, 2017.
§76.50-90   Vessels contracted for prior to November 19, 1952.

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§76.50-1   Application.

(a) The provisions of this subpart, with the exception of §§76.50-80 and 76.50-90, as applicable, apply to all vessels contracted for on or after November 19, 1952.

(b) Vessels contracted for prior to January 18, 2017 and on or after November 19, 1952, must meet the requirements of §76.50-80.

(c) Vessels contracted for prior to November 19, 1952, must meet the requirements of §76.50-90.

[USCG-2012-0196, 81 FR 48259, July 22, 2016]

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§76.50-5   [Reserved]

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§76.50-10   Location.

(a) Approved portable and semi-portable extinguishers must be installed in accordance with table 76.50-10(a) of this section.

(b) Table 76.50-10(a) 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 76.50—10(a)—Carriage of Portable and Semi-Portable Fire Extinguishers

SpaceFire extinguishing
Minimum required ratingQuantity and location
Safety Area1
Wheelhouse or fire control room20-B:C1 of each classification on vessels over 1,000 GT. (Not required in both spaces.) (Multiple classifications may be recognized.)
Stairway and elevator enclosuresNone required.
Communicating corridors2-A1 in each main corridor in each main vertical zone. (May be located in stairway enclosures.)
Lifeboat embarkation and lowering stationsNone required.
Radio room20-B:C32 in the vicinity of the exit.2
Accommodations1
Staterooms, toilet spaces, isolated pantries, etcNone required.
Offices, lockers, and isolated storeroomsNone required.
Public spaces2-A1 for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof located in vicinity of the exits, except that none are required for spaces under 500 sq ft.
Open decks or enclosed promenadesNone required.
Service Spaces
Galleys40-B:C1 for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof suitable for hazards involved.
Main pantries2-A1 for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof located in the vicinity of the exits.
Motion picture booths and film lockers10-B:C31 outside in the vicinity of the exit.
Paint and lamp rooms40-B1 outside space in the vicinity of the exit.
Inaccessible baggage, mail, and specie rooms, and storeroomsNone required.
Accessible baggage, mail, and specie rooms, and storerooms2-A1 for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof located in the vicinity of the exits, either inside or outside the spaces.
Refrigerated storerooms2-A1 for each 2,500 sq ft or fraction thereof located in the vicinity of the exits, outside the spaces.
Carpenter, valet, photographic, printing shops sales rooms, etc2-A1 outside the space in the vicinity of the exit.
Machinery Spaces
Coal-fired boilers: Bunker and boiler spaceNone required.
Oil-fired boilers: Spaces, containing oil fired boilers, either main or auxiliary, or their fuel oil units40-B2 required.3
   160-B1 required.4
Internal combustion or gas turbine propelling machinery spaces40-B1 for each 1,000 brake horsepower, but not less than 2 or more than 6.
   120-B1 required.5
Electric propulsive motors or generators of open type40-B:C1 for each propulsion motor or generator unit.
Enclosed ventilating systems for motors and generators of electric propelling machineryNone required.
Auxiliary spaces, internal combustion or gas turbine40-B1 outside the space in the vicinity of the exit.6
Auxiliary spaces, electric emergency motors or generators40-B:C1 outside the space in the vicinity of the exit.6
Auxiliary spaces, steamNone required.
Trunks to machinery spacesNone required.
Fuel tanksNone required.
Cargo Spaces
Inaccessible during voyage, including trunks (excluding tanks)None required.
Accessible during voyage2-A1 for each 1,200 sq ft or fraction thereof.
Vehicular spaces (covered by a sprinkler system)40-B1, plus 1 for each 6,000 sq ft or fraction thereof.
Vehicular spaces (not covered by a sprinkler system)40-B1, plus 1 for each 1,500 sq ft or fraction thereof.7
Cargo oil tanksNone required.
Spare Units
   2-A10 percent of the required number for public spaces rounded up.
   40-B10 percent of the required number for cargo spaces rounded up.
   40-B:C1.

1In any case, on vessels of 150 feet (45.72 meters) in length and over, there must be at least two 2-A units on each passenger deck.

2For vessels on an international voyage, substitute 1 20-B:C in the vicinity of the exit.

3Vessels of less than 1,000 GT and not on an international voyage require 1.

4Vessels of less than 1,000 GT and not on an international voyage may substitute 1 160-B.

5If an oil-burning donkey boiler is fitted in the space, the 160-B previously required for the protection of the boiler room may be substituted. Not required on vessels of less than 300 GT if the fuel has a flashpoint of 110 °F or lower except those on an international voyage.

6Not required on vessels of less than 300 GT if the fuel has a flashpoint higher than 110 °F.

7Two 5-B units may be substituted for 1 20-B unit.

The location of the equipment must be to the satisfaction of the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection. Nothing in this paragraph should be construed as limiting the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, from requiring such additional equipment as he or she deems necessary for the proper protection of the vessel.

(c) Semi-portable fire extinguishing systems must be located in the open so as to be readily seen.

(d) If portable fire extinguishers are not located in the open or behind glass so that they may be readily seen, they may be placed in enclosures together with the firehose, provided such enclosures are marked as required by §78.47-20 of this subchapter.

(e) Portable fire extinguishers and their stations must be numbered in accordance with §78.47-30 of this subchapter.

(f) Portable or semi-portable extinguishers, which are required on their nameplates to be protected from freezing, must not be located where freezing temperatures may be expected.

[USCG-2012-0196, 81 FR 48259, July 22, 2016]

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§76.50-20   Semi-portable fire extinguishers.

(a) The frame or support of each semi-portable fire extinguisher required by table 76.50-10(a) must be welded or otherwise permanently attached to a bulkhead or deck.

(b) If an approved semi-portable fire extinguisher has wheels and is not required by table 76.50-10(a), it must be securely stowed when not in use to prevent it from rolling out of control under heavy sea conditions.

(c) Each semi-portable extinguisher must be fitted with a suitable hose and nozzle, or other practicable means, so that all areas of the space can be protected.

[CGD 77-039, 44 FR 34132, June 14, 1979, as amended by USCG-2012-0196, 81 FR 48261, July 22, 2016]

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§76.50-80   Locations and number of fire extinguishers required for vessels constructed prior to January 18, 2017.

(a) Vessels contracted for prior to January 18, 2017, must meet the following requirements:

(1) Previously installed extinguishers with extinguishing capacities smaller than are required in Table 76.50-10(a) of this subpart need not be replaced and may be continued in service so long as they are maintained in good condition to the satisfaction of the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection; and

(2) All new equipment and installations must meet the applicable requirements in this subpart for new vessels.

(b) [Reserved]

[USCG-2012-0196, 81 FR 48261, July 22, 2016]

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§76.50-90   Vessels contracted for prior to November 19, 1952.

(a) Vessels contracted for prior to November 19, 1952, shall meet the following requirements:

(1) The provisions of §§76.50-5 through 76.50-15 shall be met with the exception that existing installations in safety areas, accommodations, service spaces, and cargo spaces may be maintained if in the opinion of the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, they are in general agreement with the standard of safety prescribed by table 76.50-10(a). In such cases, minor modifications may be made to the same standards as the original installation, provided that in no case will a greater departure from the standards of table 76.50-10(a) be permitted than presently exists.

(2) [Reserved]

(b) [Reserved]

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