NFPA 307: Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves

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Use new NFPA 307 to safeguard people and property from fires and explosions in marine terminals, piers, and wharves.

The 2016 edition of NFPA 307: Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves provides the latest principles for construction and fire protection in these types of structures. Compliance is essential for the protection from loss of life and property -- especially since special use piers and wharf structures that differ in design and construction from cargo handling piers require special considerations based on the type and function of the structure. The Standard also applies to buildings and structures located on marine terminal premises and the terminal yard areas.

NFPA 307 covers the basic pier substructure constructive types and any combination of materials in requirements for:

  • Fire Resistive Construction
  • Noncombustible Construction
  • Combustible Construction
  • Composite Construction

The requirements also address water supply for fire protection equipment and systems; storage and handling of highly combustible or hazardous materials; mooring of vessels; repairs involving cutting, welding, or other hot work; bunkering (refueling) of vessels; fire protection systems; heating equipment; fumigation; and electrical installations.

Changes in the 2016 NFPA 307 respond to industry needs for greater guidance:

  • New references to NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code® offer consensus-based requirements related to the design, materials and workmanship of pier and wharf construction and other structures within the facility
  • A new construction requirement mandates consideration of health and safety aspects for cruise ship passenger terminals

For installers, contractors, designers, engineers, and facility managers involved in building or managing marine terminals, piers, and wharves, the latest edition of NFPA 307 is critical to ensuring fire protection and life safety in these special occupancies. (Softbound, 29 pp., 2016)

NFPA® 307 Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope.
1.2 Purpose.
1.3 Application.
1.4 Retroactivity.
1.5 Units.
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General.
2.2 NFPA Publications.
2.3 Other Publications.
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General.
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
3.3 General Definitions.
Chapter 4 Piers and Wharves
4.1 General.
4.2 Substructure Construction.
4.3 Substructure Protection and Subdivision.
4.4 Superstructure Construction.
4.5 Superstructure Protection.
Chapter 5 Terminal Buildings
5.1 General.
5.2 Construction Requirements.
5.3 Additional Requirements.
5.4 Automatic Sprinklers.
5.5 Temporary Storage of Explosives.
5.6 Miscellaneous Service Operations.
5.7 Manufacturing and Processing Operations.
5.8 Structures Located Inside Terminal Buildings.
Chapter 6 Terminal Yards
6.1 General.
6.2 Terminal Yard Surfaces and Markings.
6.3 Containment and Access.
6.4 Vehicular Routes, Traffic, and Parking.
6.5 Fire Lanes.
6.6 Container Storage.
6.7 Other Uses.
Chapter 7 Water Supply for Fire Protection
7.1 Hydrants and Hose Connections.
7.2 Water Supply.
Chapter 8 Hazardous Materials Storage
8.1 Hazardous Material.
8.2 Processing and Placarding.
8.3 Handling, Storage, and Loading.
8.4 Bulk and General Cargo Operations.
8.5 Written Procedures.
8.6 Designated Storage Areas.
8.7 Hazardous Material and General Cargo Containers.
8.8 Designated Hazardous Materials Storage Areas.
8.9 Storage of Liquid Hazardous Materials.
8.10 General Condition of Hazardous Materials Storage Areas.
8.11 Stacking of Containers Loaded with Hazardous Materials.
8.12 Placards.
8.13 Hazardous Materials Emergency Operations Plan.
8.14 Location of Hazardous Materials Information.
8.15 Explosive Materials.
8.16 Vehicles Transporting Explosive Materials.
Chapter 9 General Terminal Operations
9.1 General.
9.2 Terminal Operator.
9.3 Fire Organization.
9.4 Vessels.
9.5 Terminal Cargo Handling and Storage.
9.6 Time Limitation of Storage.
9.7 Separation of Passenger and Cargo Service.
9.8 International Shore Connection.
9.9 Watch Service.
9.10 Notification.
Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Installations and Operations
10.1 Tractors, Lift Trucks, Dock Cranes, and Other Material-Handling Equipment.
10.2 Automotive and Railroad Equipment.
10.3 Electrical Installations.
10.4 Heating.
10.5 Processes.
10.6 Fumigation.
10.7 Pallets and Dunnage.
10.8 Packaging and Recoopering.
10.9 Incinerators.
10.10 Maintenance, Repairs, and Housekeeping.
10.11 Cutting, Welding, or Other Hot Work.
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Substructure Nomenclature
Annex C Additional Fire Protection Facilities
Annex D Regulations and References
Annex E Informational References