Fire Protection Equipment Standards for Ships - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this standard if you operate a ship registered in Australia, or any ship in the territorial sea of Australia.

Ships to which SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Chapter II-2 must comply with the standards for fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction set out in SOLAS Chapter II-2. Other ships must comply with the section 4 of Part C of the NSCV, the pre-2008 USL Code, or IACS Recommendation no.99, depending on when the ship was constructed.

In addition, Australian vessels must meet the following requirements. A breathing apparatus must be designed, tested and maintained to comply with:

  • AS/NZS 1715:2009, Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment; and
  • AS/NZS 1716:2012, Respiratory protective devices

A vessel must have portable fire extinguishers of a kind and in the numbers and locations mentioned in IMO circular MSC.1/Circ.1275 Unified interpretation of SOLAS Chapter II-2 on the number and arrangement of portable fire extinguishers on board ships

Extinguishers and portable fire extinguishers must be designed constructed and tested in accordance with:

  • IMO resolution A.951(23) Improved guidelines for marine portable fire extinguishers; and
  • European Council Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC or an equivalent international or Australian standard.

All electric cables must be tested in accordance with AS/NZS 1660.5.6:2005 Test methods for electric cables, cords and conductors - Fire tests - Test for vertical flame propagation for a single insulated wire or cable.

A fire-resistant electric cable must be tested, for a flame application time of 120 minutes, in accordance with:

  • If the diameter of the cable is more than 20 mm - IEC 60331-1 Ed 1.0 2009-5 Tests for electric cables under fire conditions - Circuit integrity - Part 1: Test method for fire with shock at a temperature of at least 830 ?C for cables of rated voltage up to and including 0,6/1,0 kV and with an overall diameter exceeding 20 mm; or
  • If the diameter of the cable is not more than 20 mm - IEC 60331-21 Ed 1.0 1999-04 Tests for electric cables under fire conditions - Circuit integrity - Part 21: Procedures and requirements - Cables of rated voltage up to and including 0,6/1,0 kV.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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Fire Protection Equipment Standards for Ships - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 15 (Construction - fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction) 2014 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2181
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62795000

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