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Vessel sanitation program construction guidelines; July 2005
  • Published Date:
    July 2005
Filetype[PDF - 941.79 KB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Vessel Sanitation Program (U.S.) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.)
  • Description:
    1.0. Background and purpose -- 2.0. Revisions and changes -- 3.0. Procedures for requesting plan reviews, consultations, and construction-related inspections -- 4.0. Equipment standards, testing, and certification -- 5.0. General definitions -- 6.0. General facilities requirements -- 7.0. General hygiene facilities requirements -- 8.0. Equipment placement and mounting -- 9.0. Fasteners and requirements for securing and sealing equipment -- 10.0. Latches, hinges, and handles -- 11.0. Gaskets -- 12.0. Equipment drain lines -- 13.0. Electrical connections, pipelines, and other attached equipment -- 14.0. Hood systems -- 15.0. Provision rooms, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, and transportation corridors -- 16.0. Galleys, food preparation rooms, and pantries -- 17.0. Buffet lines, waiter stations, bars, bar pantries and other food service areas -- 18.0. Warewashing -- 19.0. Lighting -- 20.0. Waste management -- 21.0. Potable water system -- 22.0. Backflow prevention -- 23.0. Swimming pools -- 24.0. Children's pools -- 25.0. Whirlpool spas -- 26.0. Miscellaneous -- 27.0. Ventilation systems -- 28.0. Child care and child activity facilities -- 29.0. Housekeeping -- 30.0. Public toilet rooms -- 31.0. Decorative fountains -- 32.0. Acknowledgements -- 33.0. Appendices -- 33.1. Sample letter of request for construction inspection -- 33.2. VSP contact information -- 33.3. VSP construction checklists and vessel profile sheets

    "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in 1975 as a cooperative endeavor with the cruise vessel industry. VSP' goal is to assist the industry to develop and implement comprehensive sanitation programs to protect the health of passengers and crew aboard cruise vessels. Every cruise vessel that has a foreign itinerary, carries 13 or more passengers, and calls on a U.S. port is subject to biannual operational inspections and when necessary, re-inspection by VSP. The vessel owner pays a fee, based on gross registered tonnage (GRT) of the vessel, for all operational inspections. The Vessel Sanitation Program Operations Manual (VSP Operations Manual), which is available on the VSP Web site (www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp), covers details of these inspections. Additionally, cruise vessel owners or shipyards that build or renovate cruise vessels may voluntarily request plan reviews, on-site shipyard construction inspections and/or final construction inspections of new or remodeled vessels before their first or next operational inspection. The vessel owner or shipyard pays a fee, based on GRT of the vessel, for on-site and final construction inspections. VSP does not charge a fee for plan reviews or consultations. Section 3.0, Procedures for Making Requests for Plan Reviews and Construction-Related Inspections covers details pertaining to plan reviews, consultations, or construction inspections. The Recommended Shipbuilding Construction Guidelines for Cruise Vessels Destined to Call on U.S. Ports, has been renamed as the Vessel Sanitation Program Construction Manual (referred to in this documents as "these guidelines". The main purpose of these guidelines is to provide a framework of consistent construction and design guidelines that protect passenger and crew health. CDC is committed to promoting high construction standards to protect the public's health. Compliance with these guidelines will help to ensure a healthy environment on cruise vessels. CDC reviewed many references from a variety of sources to develop this document. These references are indicated in Section 32.2, Standards, Codes and Other References Reviewed for Guidance. These guidelines cover various components of the vessel's facilities related to public health, including food storage, preparation, and service; water bunkering, storage, disinfection, and distribution. Vessel owners and operators may select the design and equipment that best meets their needs. However, the design and equipment must also meet the sanitary design criteria of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or equivalent organization, and VSP'sroutine operational inspection requirements. These guidelines are not meant to limit the introduction of new designs, materials or technology for shipbuilding. A shipbuilder, owner, manufacturer, or other interested party may request VSP to periodically review or revise these guidelines in relation to new information or technology. VSP reviews such requests in accordance with the criteria described in Section 2.0, "Revisions and Recommended Changes." New cruise vessels must comply with all international code requirements (e.g., International Maritime Organization [IMO] Conventions). Those include requirements of the Safety of Life-at-Sea Convention (SOLAS), International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Tonnage and Load Line Convention, International Electrical Code (IEC), International Plumbing Code (IPC), and International Standards Organization (ISO). This document does not cross-reference related and sometimes overlapping standards that new cruise vessels must meet. These guidelines went into effect on June 1, 2005. They apply to vessels that lay keel or perform any major renovation (e.g., any changes to the structural elements of the vessel covered by these guidelines) after this date. The guidelines do not apply to minor renovations such as the installation or removal of single pieces of equipment, (refrigerator units, bains-marie units, etc.) or single pipe runs. These guidelines will apply to all areas of the vessel affected by a renovation. VSP will inspect the entire vessel in accordance with the VSP Operations Manual during routine vessel sanitation inspections and re-inspections. Standards Institute (ANSI) or equivalent organization, and VSP's routine operational inspection requirements. These guidelines are not meant to limit the introduction of new designs, materials or technology for shipbuilding. A shipbuilder, owner, manufacturer, or other interested party may request VSP to periodically review or revise these guidelines in relation to new information or technology. VSP reviews such requests in accordance with the criteria described in Section 2.0, "Revisions and Recommended Changes." New cruise vessels must comply with all international code requirements (e.g., International Maritime Organization [IMO] Conventions). Those include requirements of the Safety of Life-at-Sea Convention (SOLAS), International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Tonnage and Load Line Convention, International Electrical Code (IEC), International Plumbing Code (IPC), and International Standards Organization (ISO). This document does not cross-reference related and sometimes overlapping standards that new cruise vessels must meet. These guidelines went into effect on June 1, 2005. They apply to vessels that lay keel or perform any major renovation (e.g., any changes to the structural elements of the vessel covered by these guidelines) after this date. The guidelines do not apply to minor renovations such as the installation or removal of single pieces of equipment, (refrigerator units, bains-marie units, etc.) or single pipe runs. These guidelines will apply to all areas of the vessel affected by a renovation. VSP will inspect the entire vessel in accordance with the VSP Operations Manual during routine vessel sanitation inspections and re-inspections." - p. 1-2

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