(1) On all tank barges, subject to the provisions of this subchapter the construction
or conversion of which is started on or after July 1, 1951, each cargo tank shall
be equipped with a vent. The diameter of a vent shall be not less than 2 1/2 inches.
(2) In any case where a venting system is required for a particular grade of liquid,
the venting system permitted for a higher grade of liquid may be used instead.
(b) Grade A, B, or C liquids. Cargo tanks in which Grade A, B, or C liquids are to be transported shall be fitted
with either individual pressure-vacuum relief valves which shall extend to a reasonable
height above the weather deck or shall be fitted with a venting system consisting
of branch vent lines connected to a vent header which shall extend to a reasonable
height above the weather deck and be fitted with a pressure-vacuum relief valve. The vent header system, if fitted, shall be provided with suitable connections for
flushing and draining, and if desired, stop valves may be placed in the individual
branch vent lines: Provided, That each such stop valve is bypassed by a pressure-vacuum relief valve.
(c) Grade D or E liquids. Cargo tanks in which Grade D or E liquids only are to be transported shall be fitted
with gooseneck vents and flame screens.
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