During the last few years there have been changes in the regulations for maritime safety. As a part of this, the IMO commission has adopted a resolution with guidelines for maritime safety and graphical symbols on Safety Plans.
ISO developed new symbols for the use in shipboard fire protection, life saving appliances and means of escape.
The use of these new international symbols will greatly increase the safety for as well ship crew as shore-based fire brigades.
The IMO urges therefore governments to bring this issue under the attention of shipbuilders, ship operators, shipmasters, shore-based fire fighting personnel and other related parties.
It restricts them to establish the required onboard safety plans according to these new regulations.




Resuming:

For ships built after January 1 2004, this means they have to adept to these new regulations .
For ships built before January 1 2004, can continue to carry Safety Plans using the
older graphical symbols .





Our solution:

In order to help you to live to these regulations and to prevent problems with international organisations, we offer you to take care of updating your
onboard Safety Plans.
Seacurity has a CAD design department with in knowledge of mandatory requirements for Safety Plans, Fire Control Plans, Evacuation Plans required by Solas and Flag states. The department allows us to offer full colour laminated drawings up to AO+ size.
All work is carried out using the latest internationally recognized IMO/ISO graphical symbols.

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IMO Resolution A.952 (23) - 25-02-2004 Graphical Symbols for Fire Control/Safety Plans.
IMO Resolution A.654 (16) - 19-10-1989 Graphical Symbols for Fire Control/Safety Plans.
IMO Resolution A.756 (18) - 12-06-1998 Guidelines on the information to be provided with the Fire Control/Safety Plans

and booklets required by SOLAS regulations II-2/ 20 and 41-2.
IMO Resolution A760 (18) – 4-11-1993 Symbols related to Fire Control/Safety Plans, Life Saving Appliances and
Arrangements.
Regulations:
All ships are required to carry at least three Safety Plans.
One plan must be permanently displayed in an accessible area and two stored in, prominently marked, weather tight containers fixed outside the deckhouse.
Plans must be kept up to date.
The requirement of Fire Control & Safety Plans is covered by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1972, including amendments.




Our methods used to upgrade Fire Control & Safety Plans.

1 - From existing general arrangement plans:

Using a hard copy of the existing General Arrangement Drawing a computerised reproduction is made. From information given showing the location of equipment on board the vessel, the current symbols, notes and legend are inserted to satisfy the Certifying Authorities approval process.

2 - From old fire control plans:

If an existing Fire Control & Safety Plan is available the drawing is computerised as in 1. above. From the information contained on these plans and any additional information the current symbols, notes and legend are inserted to satisfy the Certifying Authorities approval process.

3 - From existing computer files:

Where general arrangement drawings are available on computer file considerable saving in time can be achieved. Usually using a marked up print of the current symbols, notes and legend are inserted to satisfy the Certifying Authorities approval process.

On completion of the above work we submit a draft copy, on your behalf, to you or to your Certifying Authority for comment or approval and complete any required modifications. Once accepted by the Certifying Authority the requested number of final prints is returned to you stamped “Approved”.
We can offer the finished plans with laminations and/or watertight containers for protection on board the vessel, and if acceptable to the certifying authority, can reproduce the plans in booklet form.

What does our service include?

Our standard quotation includes production of a complete new drawing. On completion a draft copy is submitted to your Certifying Authority approval. Once accepted, the final prints are produced for the Certifying Authority stamp.

1. A total of three certified copies cover the minimum requirements for each vessel.

2. Additional copies can be supplied for office or training purposes.

3. The nominated Certifying Authority on your behalf, any fees or expenses incurred is
charged to you at cost.



What if there are changes to the regulations or modifications to the vessel?

All Safety Plans are stored on disk in our secure archive and can be accessed and modified at short notice. We maintain a very close contact with IMO technical committees and consequently are able to advise customers when their fire plans require up dating due to changes in the regulations.


Is it possible to include additional information and or symbols to suit our company requirements?

This can be done but the symbols used must be based on the format required by the regulations. Other information can be included as required, providing it is acceptable to the Certifying Authority.

If we have more than one vessel in the same class?

This has a number of advantages but the main ones are:

a. The draft time is reduced.

b. The location of equipment can be easily standardised.

How long does it take you to prepare a Safety Plan?

This depends very much on the complexity of the vessel and the quality of the original material you supply, but on average we can complete the first draft of a typical cargo vessel in around 9 to 10 working days.