MCA puts plans to update vessel fire safety out to public consultation

Plans from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to update UK law around rules governing the fire safety and protection of vessels are going out to public consultation

The new regulations will implement updated international rules on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction. This includes provision for improvements made to structural fire protection, escape from fire and operational requirements.

The move is part of the MCA’s commitment to ensuring seafarer safety.

Katy Ware, Director of UK Maritime Services, said: “We are committed to ensuring the safety of life at sea, and by updating the legislation relating to the safety requirements for fire protection we are improving the safety not only of ships, and those on board them, operating under the UK flag, but also for ships operating in UK waters.

“Vessels within the scope of the SOLAS Convention should already be operating to this international standard. However, this simplified and updated UK legislation will make it absolutely clear what is expected.”

It is planned to bring the rules into UK law later this year and for them to come into force early next year.