Local Fire Regulations
a. Fire aboard ship - The responsibility for fire prevention and protection for a ship in-
commission rests fully with the Commanding Officer of the ship. However, all piers and wharves
shall provide fire alarm systems or telephone connections to alert local fire department for truck
and or tug supplemental support. Unless the berth will be used during full cold iron condition,
such as for PIA, pressurized fire fighting water systems are not required. Berths designated for
the PIA will require pressurized fire-fighting systems and salt water systems
b. Local fire protection systems may be called upon to support extensive ship board fires
and augment fixed systems.
Disaster Control and Emergency Plans
a. In an emergency, tugs may not be available. Therefore, the slip, berth, basin, and
channels should allow the ship to get underway without assistance. See OPNAVINST 3040.5c.
b. Should the ship be unable to leave prior to heavy weather (such as during a PIA), a
Heavy Weather Mooring plan should be established for winds from 34 knots (39 mph) to the
predicted 100-year recurrence wind speed at the site. General purpose berths are normally
designed for 64-knot (75-mph) winds. Therefore, winds in excess of 64 knots (75 mph) such as
may be seen at repair berths require special considerations. NAVFACENGCOM expects to
publish separate Heavy Weather Mooring Facility criteria in December 1998.
c. Design facility systems for continuous operation in the event of a power outage
a. Draft use the limiting draft for the largest CVN in determining minimum water depth
requirements; i.e., 40.8 ft.
b. Displacement use the largest displacement expected of any CVN in determining
berthing forces on the pier or wharf; i.e., 104,200 long tons.
c. Length use the overall length for the longest CVN to determine pier and wharf
length and utility locations; i.e., 1123 ft.
d. Breadth use the widest to determine horizontal clearances and slip width; i.e., 280 ft.
Note that the waterline beam for CVN 68-75 is 134 ft and the width of the flight deck structure
(with antenna platforms, walkways, and portable flight deck sections removed) is 252 ft. Without
removing these appurtenances, CVN 68 is 260 ft and CVN 76 is 280 ft wide.
e. Height use the lightly loaded height of 215 ft above the waterline.
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