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Accommodation, public spaces and service areas IMO Res. MSC.265(48)

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Test method

The test procedure describes a fire test method for evaluating the effectiveness of water mist systems in accommodation and service areas on board ships.

The test procedure presents three main test scenarios

Cabin and corridor

  • Typical test configuration is 3 m x 4 m, 2.5 m high cabin which is connected to a 1.5 m x 12 m long corridor
  • Four cabin and two corridor fire tests
  • Main fire loads are polyether mattresses 
  • Acceptance criteria are mainly based on temperature measurements and evaluation of damage on mattresses

Public space

  • Fire tests are conducted under a rectangular false ceiling of at least 80 m2 in area and it is set to 2.5 m and 5.0 m height, respectively
  • Ten fire tests
  • Main fire loads are polyether mattresses
  • Acceptance criteria are mainly based on the temperature measurements and the evaluation of damage on mattresses

Storage area

  • Fire tests are conducted under a rectangular false ceiling of at least 80 m2 in area and it is set to 2.5 m height
    Three fire tests
  • Main fire loads are cardboard boxes packed with plastic cups
  • Acceptance criteria are based on the evaluation of damage on boxes and target cartons