1st Edition

Firefighting and Fire Safety Systems on Ships

By Alexander Arnfinn Olsen Copyright 2023
    250 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This accessible reference introduces firefighting and fire safety systems on ships and is written in line with the IACS Classification Rules for Firefighting Systems. It covers the design, construction, use, and maintenance of firefighting and fire safety systems, with cross references to the American Bureau of Shipping rules and various Classification Society regulations which pertain to specific Classification Society rules.As such, this book:

    • Focuses on basic principles in line with current practice
    • Is aimed at non-specialists

    The book suits professional seafarers, students, and cadets, as well as leisure sailors and professionals involved in the logistics industry. It is also particularly useful for naval architects, ship designers, and engineers who need to interpret the Class rules when developing shipboard firefighting systems.

    Part I. Science of combustion. 

    1. Chemistry of fire. 

    2. Classifications of fire. 

    Part II. Fire extinguishing systems and infrastructure. 

    3. Shipboard fire main systems. 

    4. Class requirements for fire main systems. 

    5. Fixed water extinguishing systems. 

    6. Foam extinguishing systems. 

    7. Fire extinguishing systems on gas carriers. 

    8. Portable and semi-portable fire extinguishers. 

    Part III. Additional Requirements. 

    9. Additional fire protection requirements. 

    10. Fire control plans. 


    Alexander Olsen is a Senior Consultant at RINA Consulting Defence UK. He is STCW II 1995 qualified and has also worked as a marine training designer, marine auditor, and fisheries observer. He is the author of Introduction to Ship Operations and Onboard Safety, Core Concepts of Maritime Navigation, Introduction to Ship Engine Room Systems, Maritime Cargo Operations, and Merchant Ship Types (with Routledge).