This specification covers the design and manufacture of
international shore connections to be used with marine fire
fighting systems during an emergency when a stricken ship has a
International shore connections are portable universal couplings
that permit connection of shipboard firemain systems between one
ship and another or between a shore facility and a ship when their
respective system threading is mismatched. Both the ship and the
facility are expected to have a fitting such that in an emergency
can be attached to their respective fire hose and bolted together
to permit charging the ship's system. It must be portable to
accommodate hose to hose connection and allow assistance from any
The international shore connection is required by international
treaty2,3 to be carried onboard all passenger and cargo
vessels of 500 gross tons or more, regardless of firemain size,
engaged in international voyages, and is recommended for all
vessels that would be expected to render assistance. It is also
intended to be provided at shore facilities that would be used to
supply water to a ship's firemain system.
Fabrication either on board a vessel, in a shipyard, or other
shore facility is not precluded by this specification.
The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as
standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical
conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and
are not considered standard.
2 Amendments to the International Convention for the
Safety of Life at Sea, Chapter II-2, Regulation 19, "International
Shore Connection," 1974.
3 International Maritime Organization Assembly
Resolution A, XII 470, Jan. 4, 1987. This document is available
from International Maritime Organization, 4 Albert Embankment,
London, U.K. SE1 7SR.