Fire safety on board

Fire Safety

Protect your passengers, crews and vessels with a choice of non-combustible, fire-rated solutions certified to international fire safety requirements.

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Prioritising passive fire protection

Fires on board can have potentially devastating consequences, especially as many vessels carry large amounts of fuel and other combustibles. As the vessel may be a long way from land and the emergency services, it is often difficult to get timely medical help or firefighting assistance. It is therefore essential to adopt a clear, coherent approach to both prevention and protection. Since 2002, the updated International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea has introduced a comprehensive set of fire safety requirements. The aim? Prevent fires from occurring in the first place, and detect, contain and extinguish any fires that do occur as quickly as possible.


Protecting passengers, crews and your vessel

Your choice of materials and solutions onboard – from non-combustible technical insulation and flooring to fire-resistant glass – will play a decisive role in your passive fire protection strategy. At the same time, many solutions can simultaneously provide additional benefits, for example, increasing thermal or acoustic performance.

  • IMO-certified / high fire-resistance rating to meet strict international regulations and ensure fire-resistant performance
  • High-temperature resistance to withstand extreme conditions and handle excessive heat
  • Fire-retardant or resistant properties to act as a barrier to limit flame spread and prevent the collapse of load-bearing elements
  • Low flame spread to stop flames from spreading rapidly in confined or outdoor spaces onboard
  • Non-combustible materials that are inert and do not burn or ignite
  • Limit smoke production and ensure non-toxic fumes to reduce risk of smoke inhalation 

Looking for the best way to optimise your passive fire protection onboard? Don’t hesitate to get in touch !

Making fire safety our priority

  • Rated solutions, up to H120 /A60
  • Non-combustible 
  • IMO / FTP / MED approved

How important is technical insulation in your passive fire strategy?

Many shipboard fires are caused by negligence, including oily rags, leaving the stove on or engine room leaks. With machinery operating at high temperatures, fuel running through high-pressure pipes, and exhaust gases, engine rooms contain all the elements needed for a fire to start. A small fuel spray igniting on a hot surface is all it takes. Insulating materials that resist high temperatures, like U Sea Protect, can help contain the flames for longer (up to 2 hours) in the event of a fire. Technical insulation on your decks and bulkheads helps you compartmentalise your vessel to slow flame spread, while you wait for the fire services to arrive.

How can your glazing increase fire safety on board?

Fire-resistant glass plays a key role in preventing or slowing the spread of flames, hot gases and radiant heat. The right fire-resistant glass solution depends on the environment and application. For example, Vetrotech’s PYROSWISS Marine contains a unique high-strain tempered glass substrate that keeps the pane intact in the event of a fire. While CONTRAFLAM Marine thermically toughened safety glass has a transparent intumescent silicate-based interlayer that reacts when exposed to fire for the most demanding fire requirements (up to H120).

Preventing and slowing fire at every point in your vessel

Marine fire insulation


Full range of MED approved marine fire insulation solutions for A15-A60 deck and bulkhead. 

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Fire-resistant glass


Prevent the spread of flames, hot gases and radiant heat with fire-resistant glass solutions from B0-B30, A0-A60 to H120, in compliance with FTP regulations. 

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Fire-resistant flooring


Non-combustible and DNV A-60 approved floors designed for ships and oil platforms requiring fire-insulating constructions. 

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Fire-rated partitions, ceilings and drylining


MED approved non-combustible gypsum boards to be used in fire resistant wall and ceiling systems.

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Beyond fire resistance?

Our fire-resistant solutions offer a multitude of other benefits to contribute to the overall performance of your vessel. Your fire-resistant insulation may also be lighter and thinner to reduce the weight of your vessel, while also significantly reducing heat transfer. Your durable flooring may contribute to fire-insulating your construction with non-combustible materials, while also offering high levels of sound insulation.