Fire safety
for ships

Fire safety for international commercial ships is governed by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This Convention introduces the Fire Test Procedures Code (FTP Code) for fire-resistant constructions and materials used in ships.

This FTP Code covers different fire performances to be determined according to the type of construction and materials including specific products such as textiles, upholstered furniture, and bedding:

the non-combustibility (Appendix 1 – Part 1*)
the opacity and toxicity of smoke  (Appendix 1 – Part 2)
the fire resistance of partitions and openings (Appendix 1 – Part 3)
the fire resistance of the fire door control systems  (Appendix 1 – Part 4)
the flammability and flame propagation (Appendix 1 – Part 5 to 9)
the reaction to fire of coating products (Appendix 1 – Part 10)
the rate of flame production and the heat of combustion (Appendix 1 – Part 10)
the fire resistance of partitions (Appendix 1 – Part 11)
the maximum calorific value (Appendix 2)

* Part(s) of the FTP Code concerned

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are our Concerns.

CERIB’s Fire Testing Centre assists you in validating the performance of your new products in terms of both fire resistance and reaction to fire within the framework of a one-stop centre for reaction/resistance in partnership with Eurailtest. Thus, we propose:

to carry out fire reaction tests in accordance with the FTP Code:
– Non-combustibility tests
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 1).
– Smoke opacity and toxicity tests
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 2).
– Vertical fire spreading tests
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 5).
– The heat of combustion measurements
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 10).
– Determination of the maximum calorific value
(FTP Code, Appendix 2)
– Fire tests of electrical cables
(Standard NF EN 13501-6: Euroclasses B1ca, B2ca, Cca, Dca and Eca) – (Standard NF C 32-070: Class C2).

to carry out fire resistance tests in accordance with the FTP Code:
– Fire resistance testing of bridges, partitions, doors, ceilings, linings – Type A, B and F partitions
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 3, Annexes 1 and 2),
– Fire resistance testing of windows, fire dampers, pipe penetrations, and cable trays installed in Type A partitions
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 3, Appendices 1 and 2),
– Thermal radiation measurements of windows installed in Type A, B, and F partitions
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 3, Appendix 3),
– Fire resistance testing of continuous ceilings, continuous linings – Type B partitions
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 3, Appendix 4),
– Fire resistance testing of fire door control systems
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 4),
– Fire resistance tests of non-load-bearing, load-bearing with a metal core, load-bearing without metal core bulkheads for high-speed vessels
(FTP Code, Appendix 1, Part 11).

LEM (Eurailtest laboratory).

LEM (Eurailtest laboratory) is: – certified by the COFRAC for the testing of reaction to fire according to several standards and in particular part 2 of the EN 45545 series of standards (Accreditation n°1-1523 – Scope available on

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