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MODULE 2F: Structural Fire Protection

Fire protection, fire detection, and fire extinction


The participant who has completed the module will be able to understand:

  • Structural fire protection and
  • Fire isolation;
  • Use of combustible materials;
  • Means of escape; and
  • Ventilation systems.


The assessment methods will be to choose the best answer from a selection of alternatives.

In the method of objective evaluation, only be accepted one correct answer is valid, and never more than one selection within the same question since they will be automatically considered incorrect.  The participants approve the course with a score equal to or greater than 70% of the total value of the assessment. All evaluations will be based on a Total Score of 100.

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Exam Questions

1. Steel or other equivalent material means any non-combustible material which, by itself or due to insulation provided, has structural and integrity properties equivalent to steel at the end of the applicable exposure to the standard fire test (e.g. aluminium alloy with appropriate insulation).

2. The hull, superstructures, structural bulkheads, decks and deckhouses shall be constructed of steel or other equivalent material

3. Machinery spaces of category A are those spaces and trunks to such spaces which contain either:

4. Crowns and casings of machinery spaces of category A shall be of steel construction and shall be insulated.

5. The floor plating of normal passageways in machinery spaces of category A shall be made of steel.

6. As a general requirement, unless expressly provided otherwise, at least two (2) widely separated and ready means of escape shall be provided from all spaces or group of spaces

7. Doors in escape routes shall, in general, open in way of the direction of escape, except that:

8. Emergency escape breathing devices shall comply with the Fire Safety Systems Code and spare emergency escape breathing devices shall be kept onboard, in addition:

9. Two (2) means of escape shall be provided from a machinery control room located within a machinery space, at least one of which will provide continuous fire shelter to a safe position outside the machinery space

10. The following requirements shall be met in order to address the fire safety objectives for ships carrying dangerous goods:

11. Onboard training and drills:

12. Machinery spaces of category A shall be adequately ventilated so as to ensure that when machinery or boilers therein are operating at full power in all weather conditions including heavy weather, an adequate supply of air is maintained to the spaces for the safety and comfort of personnel and the operation of the machinery. Any other machinery space shall be adequately ventilated appropriate for the purpose of that machinery space.