RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the
International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation
to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety,
NOTING the progress achieved in conducting fire tests prescribed by
resolution A.214(VII) "Improved provisional guidelines on test procedures for primary
deck coverings" since the date of its adoption,
RECALLING ALSO that the Assembly, by resolution A.214(VII), instructed the Maritime
Safety Committee to amend the test procedures as may be necessary,
HAYING CONSIDERED the recommendations made by the Maritime Safety
Committee at its fifty-ninth Session,
ADOPTS the Recommendation on Fire Test Procedures for Ignitability of Primary Deck
Coverings set out in the annex to the present resolution;
2. INVITES Governments to apply the Recommendation in determining
compliance with the requirements specified in the annex;
3. REQUESTS the Maritime Safely Committee to continue its work on
the development of further fire test procedures, as may be appropriate;
4. REVOKES resolution A. 214(VII).
Annex Recommendation on fire test procedures for ignitability of primary deck coverings
In accordance with the provisions of the
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea,1974, and subsequent amendments
thereto, primary deck coverings, if applied within accommodation and service spaces
and control stations, should be of approved materials which will not readily ignite or
give rise to toxic or explosive hazards at elevated temperatures. This Recommendation
specifies a procedure for evaluating the ignitability of the primary deck coverings.
Toxic and explosive hazards of the primary deck coverings should be verified to the
satisfaction of the Administration.
2 FIELD OF
2.1 Taking into account the wide range of
materials used as coverings and their application, this Recommendation should be
applied to those deck coverings which are laid upon a steel deck plate and beneath a
surface material, if applied, of the floor. However, thin films such as paints may be
exempted from consideration.
2.2 If a deck
covering applied on a steel deck plate is exposed and no other floor covering is
provided, the deck coverings in areas where low flame spread materials are required
should meet the requirements of floor coverings specified in the Recommendation on
improved fire test procedures for surface flammability of bulkhead, ceiling and deck
finish materials, adopted by the Organization by resolution A.653(16).
2.3 If the deck covering has a multilayer
construction, the Administration may require the tests to be conducted for each layer
or for combinations of some layers of the deck covering.
3 TEST PROCEDURE
The deck covering should be tested in accordance
with the Recommendation on improved fire test procedures for surface flammability of
bulkhead, ceiling and deck finish materials, adopted by the Organization by resolution
A.653(16), and additional provisions given below.
The deck covering should be applied to a steel plate having the
thickness of 3 ± 0.3 mm. The specimens should have a nominal thickness and the
components and construction of the deck covering should be the same as those used in
The deck covering is classified as not readily ignitable if it
fulfils the requirements of floor coverings specified in paragraph 10 of the annex to
Assembly resolution A653(16) and does not produce burning droplets.