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DNV GL container ship fire notation awarded to MSC Gülsün-class

DNV GL container ship fire notation awarded to MSC Gülsün-class
DNV GL has launched a new container ship fire notation, with the MSC Gülsün series of 24,000-TEU ships the first vessels to receive it

DNV GL already has a class notation F for additional fire safety which addresses all types of ships, but FCS is a new notation that targets only container ships.

The FCS container ship fire notation has five levels. The five qualifiers are modular but do not fully build upon each other (a vessel could have qualifier FF without having FD).

  • FCS (C): extended level beyond SOLAS.
  • FCS (HAZID): hazard identification.
  • FCS (FD): enhanced fire detection.
  • FCS (FF): enhanced fire fighting.
  • FCS (HF): firefighting by hold flooding.

The DNV GL FCS class notation has been awarded to MSC Gülsün class – the largest container ships in the world. DNV GL said "MSC and DNV GL are leading the industry to a new safety standard preventing fires."

The notation for the MSC Gülsün-class includes: a HAZID workshop carried out; equipped with on-deck fixed fire fighting monitors and fire fighting under-deck by cargo hold flooding. A further innovation is an on-deck thermal camera detection system on board MSC Febe.

The notation can be applied for newbuildings and ships in operation.

DNV GL said “We consider it important that any measures we introduce to tackle fire safety on container ships are suitable to be adapted for operating ships.”

It gave more details of retrofits:

    • FCS (C): largely moveable equipment which may be retrofitted.
    • FCS (HAZID): hazard identification may often result in operational measures (training, routines, patrols) which may be implemented on board.
    • FCS (FD): detection equipment such as thermo cameras, portable cameras, patrolling, even fixed detectors per container may be retrofitted.
    • FCS (FF): fixed monitors may be retrofitted.
    • FCS (HF): clarify in advance to which level a cargo hold may be flooded (bulkhead strength) and ensure by subscription to ERS that advice may be given on overall stability and strength characteristics.

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