what is a fire control plan onboard ship?



The Fire Control Plan is a mandatory requirement of the SOLAS convention described in Regulation 15 of Chapter II.


A Fire control plan tells us about

  •  Fire alarm systems
  • Sprinkler installation
  • Extinguishing appliances
  • Means of escape to different compartments and decks
  • Ventilation system including particulars of remote operation of dampers and fans.
  • The position of various dampers, their marking, and which fan is for a particular compartment.

The Fire control plan is placed generally on the A-deck and can be also present in
conspicuous locations such as navigating bridge, engine room. Copy of the fire control plan shall be available ashore at the offices of the Company.

Renewal, update of Fire control plan

It comes under the responsibility of the master, ship owner and ship management team at shore to ensure that the fire control plan is kept up to date and if alterations are made shall be recorded as soon as possible.

It should be updated whenever there is a change in

  1. Fighting system
  2. Alarm system
  3. Escape route design
  4. Modification In ship structure or ship particulars 
  5. When flag changes
  6. During the change of classification society
  7. or anything related to the current fire plan takes place.

In accordance with the fire plan we also put IMO symbols so that it gets easy to identify various things. One of the tip that one can use when sticking a IMO symbol is to apply paint behind it or on the metal surface and then put the symbol over it. This makes the IMO symbol stick there for a longer time. Well, the glue is already very strong but still this helps sometime.

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