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vii. 2.14.4 Petrol Engine Flame Traps - This check now includes a visual inspection to see that any gauze or filter elements are complete on petrol engine flame traps/air filters. The revised check now identifies an obvious defect that could mean that the component fails to control the backfire risk effectively. viii. 5.1.2 Portable Fuel Line Connection To An Inboard Engine- This check has been enhanced to make clear that the point of connection of any portable fuel system hose to any permanently installed fuel system, must be located in the outboard well of cabin cruisers and end with proprietary quick-release, self-closing connector– see also 2.15.3 above. The enhancement supports the concept that portable fuel system components are less robust than permanent fuel systems, offer little resistance the effects of fire and are readily removable in an emergency. ix. 7.2.1 Gas Locker Condition - This check has been changed from an assessment of gas-tightness of LPG cylinder lockers to a check for any path for leaked LPG to enter the interior of the vessel from the LPG cylinder locker. The amended check is a more realistic description of the inspection process that BSS Examiners carry out to prevent the potential for escaped gas to gather in the vessel interior and cause fire or explosion.

Please note this further advice concerning examination preparation which the BSS is emphasising. Examiners will not be disconnecting LPG cylinders so boat owners must ensure the BSS Examiner has full access to be able to carry out careful checking of the LPG cylinder locker for condition, including potentially the removal of all loose portable items, base protection mats, removable false floors and the temporary removal of connected LPG cylinders. Owners should discuss their LPG cylinder locker arrangements with their BSS Examiner in advance of the examination as this may require the owner’s attendance or making prior arrangements involving service agents. LPG cylinder lockers not accessible enough to allow an assessment of condition will involve the BSS Examiner having to return to carry out the check with the obstruction removed.

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