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March/April 2011
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Internal Combustion Engine Packages

A new ASTM standard will be used to prevent fire and explosions on the decks of tank vessels used to transport hazardous products.

F2876, Practice for Thermal Rating and Installation of Internal Combustion Engine Packages for Use in Hazardous Locations in Marine Applications, was developed by Subcommittee F25.07 on General Requirements, part of ASTM International Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology.

According to James Lawrence, marine engineer and senior inspector, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Design and Engineering Standards, and an F25 member, the purpose of F2876 is to prevent explosive gases from coming in contact with hot surfaces on diesel engines.

“F2876 sets one standard that all manufacturers of engines, third party installers and vessel maintainers can use to build, install and maintain diesel engine protection systems,” says Lawrence. “It will lower the risk of fire and explosion aboard all vessels with operating equipment in hazardous areas.”

Lawrence says that the primary users of F2876 will include engine manufacturers, vessel builders and crews, and third party businesses that design and install engines in potentially hazardous locations.

“This standard is the result of the partnership shared by the Coast Guard, engine builders, vessel designers and other marine industry partners,” says Lawrence. “It reflects the posture we all share towards providing safe vessels and harbors, and protection of mariners and the environment.”

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