Vessel Fire Risk Category

Vessel Fire Risk Category

The vessel fire risk category is the measure of the risk of fire determined by the category of vessel, number of passengers on board and number of berthed passengers on board.

There are four (4) fire risk categories for vessels defined as follows;

  • Fire Risk Category I (lowest risk)
  • Fire Risk Category II (moderate risk)
  • Fire Risk Category III (high risk)
  • Fire Risk Category IV (highest risk)
National Standard for Commercial Vessels – Part C, Section 4 – Fire Safety, Table 2 — Fire Risk Category
Kind of vessel Operational area category (see NSCV Part B)
A and B Extended B C D C
Class 1 Length of vessel < 35m1 <35m1 All lengths All lengths All lengths
13 to 36 day passengers III II II I I
37 to 200 day passengers IV III II II II
201 to 450 day passengers IV IV III II II
451 or more day passengers Marine Order 152 Marine Order 152 IV IV III
13 to 36 berthed passengers IV III II II II
37 or more berthed passengers Marine Order 152 Marine Order 152 IV IV IV
Class 2 Length of vessel < 35m1 All lengths All lengths All lengths All lengths
Fire Risk Category II II I I I
Class 3 Length of vessel All lengths All lengths All lengths All lengths All lengths
Fire risk category II II I I I

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