In particular, pay attention to the time it takes to:

  • muster crew and passengers
  • close down the air supply and seal the affected area
  • isolate the combustible material and remove hazardous and dangerous goods in the vicinity of the fire 
  • start the fire fighting with the right means for the given type of fire

Fires can be very different in nature, and therefore no attempt will be made in this booklet to issue specific advice to the Master and his crew.

However, there are two matters we would like to address:  

  • Even if there is great eagerness to reopen the area for inspection or other matters after a fire, DO NOT reopen the area unless you are sure the fire will not restart, OR you have the necessary resources and equipment available to handle a possible restart of the fire. If possible, seek advice from owners/managers and/or fire specialists.
  • Conservation after a fire: We will try to give a brief introduction and advice for preserving equipment that may have been affected by the fire itself, and/or by the acids that develop and attach to the equipment and/or components on board.

The lists enclosed at the end of this chapter are kindly submitted to us by ISS, one of our consulting partners that assist us in fire damages and fire control.