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Fire safety - C4

Fitting out all spaces on the vessel with the right fire protection measures.


Download NSCV Section C4 - Fire safety PDF1.6 MB


Full title 

National Standard for Commercial Vessels 

Part C – Design and construction 

Section 4 – Fire safety 

Current edition

Edition 2.1

Commenced 24 July 2018


NSCV C4 provides the design, construction and installation standards for: 

  • passive fire protection measures 
  • active fire protection measures 

This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • ventilation systems 
  • fire detection and alarm 
  • fire extinguishers and extinguishing systems 
  • fire safety preparedness documentation 

This section applies to all domestic commercial vessels except: 

  • fast craft 
  • leisure craft 
  • novel vessels 
  • special purpose vessels 
Announcement No recent updates
SupersededSuperseded standards for commercial vessels
Assistance and tools 

Guidance notices and fact sheets for domestic commercial vessel owners and operators

Uniform Shipping Laws code


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Last updated: 3 August 2023