Safety Not Optional

Regulations such as the new SOLAS and Fire Safety Systems Code (FSS Code) are not to be dismissed, as anything but full compliance can lead to myriad legal and financial troubles for ship owners. Fugro's new and unique geotechnical drill ship D/S Fugro Explorer; ABS-Classed, was one of the first such ships to comply with the new SOLAS requirements, now in force, for Type Approved Portable Foam Applicator (PFA) and Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus (EEBD).

To facilitate compliance for such mandatory equipment and enhance the ship owner's confidence, ABS has designed its Type Approval Program website to provide the ship owner with instant access to a variety of products requested by manufacturers to be approved against SOLAS and other relevant standards. The ship owner can quickly download a .pdf format copy of the manufacturer's Type Approval Certificate showing the itemized SOLAS, FSS Code regulations along with class and government approvals. In addition, ABS Type Approval requires a manufacturing annual audit to verify that the manufacturer is capable of producing a consistent product of form, fit and function meeting the design standard and Product Design Assessment Certificate. When all is satisfactory, a Type Approval certificate may be downloaded from the web site. Please see, http://www.eagle.org/typeapproval/contents One such ABS Type Approved Manufacturer of Portable Foam Applicators (PFA-95) is IMSSC0 Corporation, Hallandale Florida & San Diego Calif. Captain Ira. Richman, CEO said, "The days of just manufacturing our PFA-95 portable foam applicators to comply are over. Now, we not only sell our fire fighting equipment to the ship and 0SV owners, but provide copies of the new SOLAS and FSS Code rules, guidance and hands on training, all at the same price. It is a cost saver to the ship owners and promotes professionalism with confidence to the maritime business community." For more information from IMSSCO Circle 51 on Reader Service Card

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