2021 NFPA 312 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help ensure fire safety on and around marine vessels while being built, repaired, converted, or laid up with NFPA 312.

    When vessels are out of the water or not in use, it’s critical to follow protocols for protecting them from fire and related hazards. NFPA 312, Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Construction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up, provides fire personnel, construction professionals, facility owners and managers, insurance professionals, and AHJs with general requirements for identifying and minimizing dangers and being prepared for emergency response.

    The standard applies to each stage of a vessel's operational life cycle, from cradle through retirement, including changing from one type of service to another.

    NFPA 312 covers fire and life safety provisions for:

    • General care and cleanliness
    • Electrical installations
    • Fire protection equipment
    • Use of open-flame or spark-emitting devices
    • Storage of explosive and flammable materials
    • Paint application inspection
    • Guidance for fire watch training, and more

    The 2021 edition is updated to account for the latest information and best practices.

    The revised NFPA 312 includes a variety of editorial changes as well as significant amendments to requirements for the lay-up of vessels in Chapter 5 of the standard. New requirements and guidance information focus on:

    • Cleaning before lay-up
    • Preparation of stern gland, oil-water separator, fuel, and lubricating oil systems
    • Readiness condition of fire protection systems
    • The availability of emergency towing, pumping, and firefighting assistance for a vessel while it is in lay-up status
    • Updated requirements and recommendations for watch service during the vessel lay-up period

    Take confidence you have the most current and complete criteria for helping to protect vessels while they are being worked on or are laid-up.

    Place your order for NFPA 312, Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Construction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up, 2021 edition. (Print, 24 pp, 2021)

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 312 Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Construction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    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 Construction, Conversion, and Repair
    4.1 Inspection.
    4.2 Rubbish, Waste Materials, Oil Spills, and General Care.
    4.3 Smoking.
    4.4 Storage of Explosives, Flammable Material, and Dangerous Cargo.
    4.5 Use of Open-Flame or Spark-Emitting Devices and Fire Watch.
    4.6 Electrical Installations.
    4.7 Application of Paints and Other Flammable Compounds.
    4.8 Protection of Doors and Other Openings.
    4.9 Staging, Gangways, Access, and Miscellaneous Structures.
    4.10 Watch Service.
    4.11 Fire Alarm Service.
    4.12 Fire Protection Equipment.
    4.13 Fire Brigade.
    4.14 Vessel Stability During Fire Fighting.
    4.15 Testing of Fire Protection Equipment.
    Chapter 5 Lay-Up
    5.1 Application.
    5.2 Governmental Authorities.
    5.3 Lay-Up Locations.
    5.4 Lay-Up Berths at Dock.
    5.5 Vessel Preparation.
    5.6 Power Source.
    5.7 Planning and Station Bills.
    5.8 General Care and Cleanliness.
    5.9 Closure of Ventilation and Other Openings.
    5.10 Storage of Explosive and Flammable Materials.
    5.11 Temporary Heating Arrangements.
    5.12 Temporary Electrical Wiring.
    5.13 Watch Service.
    5.14 Fire Detection and Fire Alarms.
    5.15 Access.
    5.16 Vessel Stability.
    5.17 Fire Protection Equipment.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • 2016 Edition Description

    Provide fire protection and prepare for emergency response during ship construction, conversion, and repair with the 2016 NFPA 312.

    Updated with the latest references from the 2014 National Electrical Code®, (NEC®) NFPA 25, and other codes and standards. NFPA 312, Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Construction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up applies to vessels at all stages of operational life, from cradle to retirement.

    This comprehensive document covers every phase -- including changing from one type or service to another -- with requirements for:

    • General care and cleanliness
    • Electrical installations
    • Fire protection equipment
    • Use of open-flame or spark-emitting devices
    • Storage of explosive and flammable materials
    • Paint application
    • Inspection
    • Guidance for fire watch training, and more

    Protect vessels from fire and related hazards during the course of ship construction, conversion, repair, and lay-up.

    Stay confident and informed about fire protection and emergency response with the 2016 edition. (Print, 13 pp., 2016)

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