Fire prevention

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) provides information on requirements for fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction on board ships.

The rules depend on the size of the ship.

Requirements for large ships are in the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Large Ships) Regulations 1998.

Requirements for small ships are in the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Small Ships) Regulations 1998.

You should also read the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) Regulations 2003 – it includes amendments to the regulations for large and small ships.

Contact the MCA to find out more about fire prevention and detection at sea.

MCA fire prevention and detection helpline
Telephone: 023 8032 9119
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