They are marked with batch no. “EN15182-1/3 2015” on the nozzle cap and “55” marked inside the orange tube.
The suspected defective nozzles were most likely supplied during weeks 24 to 37 in 2015.
According to the EU notice the product is defective and does not comply with the Marine Equipment Directive requirements or the European standard EN 15182-1.
Risk of bursting
The EU notice states that the nozzle is not robust enough to withstand a working pressure of 16 bar and may burst.
As a result, the user may get injured due to bursting or suffer burns due to failed firefighting.
The safety recall notice issued by manufacturer AWG Fittings GmbH, dated “5 October 2015”, and the EU notice include pictures on identifying such nozzles.
What LR advises shipowners and ship operators to do now
LR advises shipowners of ships fitted with such nozzles to stop using the recalled nozzles immediately and to contact the manufacturer and replace the recalled nozzles with a nozzle that complies with the relevant SOLAS requirements.