Regulation II-2/20.2 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention as amended requires all new
and existing ships to be provided with fire control plans (or a booklet) for the assistance
of shoreside fire-fighting personnel (e.g. port fire brigade) and the plans shall be
permanently stowed in a prominently marked weathertight enclosure outside the deckhouse.2
The enclosure should be readily available to the shoreside fire-fighting personnel so
that any expected fire on board will not readily cut off access to it. In oil tankers,
chemical tankers and gas carriers the fire control plans should not be located on exterior
boundaries of superstructures which face cargo tanks and on the surfaces within 3 m from
them along the side.2.2
The enclosure should be red and the contents of the enclosure should be indicated
by a red ship silhouette on white background. Dimensions of the location sign should not
be less than 297 x 400 mm (see figure 1).
2.3 If the enclosure is not adjacent to the gangway, there should be guide signs to help
the shoreside fire-fighting personnel to find the enclosure containing the fire control plans.
The guide sign should be the location sign defined in paragraph 2.2 with the addition of a
red arrow (figures 2.1 or 2.2, at the discretion of the Administration) showing the direction
where the fire control plan enclosure can be found.
The arrows show the direction where the fire control plan enclosure can be found2.4
The enclosure should be capable of being easily opened.2.5
The enclosure with the fire control plan should be located in a well-illuminated
position, if possible including illumination from an emergency source.2.6
The fire control plan should be protected against marine environment.3
Shoreside fire brigades and other rescue organizations should be informed of the
contents of the fire control plans and the signs indicating the location of the fire control