AMENDMENTS TO FSS CODE REGARDING APPLICATION AND SMOKE DETECTION
Two important amendments have been implemented to the
International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code). The first one
includes an explanation on the application of the Code where as the
second amendment includes new specifications for smoke detection
systems. Both come in force from January 01, 2012.
Ship Owners / Managers / Surveyors
REVISED APPLICATION OF FSS CODE
According to Resolution MSC.292(87) adopted on May 21, 2010 the following new sentence shall be added after
paragraph 1.2 of Ch 1/1 of FSS Code:
“However, amendments to the Code adopted after 1 July 2002 shall apply only to ships the keels of which are laid
or which are at a similar stage of construction, on or after the date on which the amendments enter into force,
unless expressly provided otherwise”.
The above additional paragraph aims to clearly indicate that the Code applicability is based on the keel laying date
following a number of discussions and questions if amendments are applicable to new ships only.
REVISED CHAPTER 10 OF FSS CODE
Based on Resolution MSC.292(87), Chapter 10 of FSS Code has been amended as a whole. In the revised Chapter,
there are new specifications for smoke detection systems which include but not limited to the following items:
1. Revised application;
2. New general requirement including new formula for the sampling intervals;
3. New component requirements;
4. Revised installation requirements;
5. Revised sampling pipes requirements;
6. Revised system control requirements; and
7. Revised testing requirements.
The above revised Chapter is applicable to all passenger ships with more than 12 passengers and keel-laying after
January 01, 2012. Added to this, revised Chapter is also applicable to all new or existing ships of 500 GT or above
and keel-laying after January 01, 2012.