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Local application IMO MSC.1/Circ.1387


We conduct fire tests according to International Maritime Organization (IMO) test methods. Our expertise, facilities and equipment fulfils the requirements set out in the IMO test procedures.

Read more: Extinguishing systems for ships 

In addition, we actively participate in the development work of IMO test methods to assure up to date services.

IMO MSC.1/Circ.1387 is in the scope of accreditation of Eurofins Expert Services.

Test method

The test procedure describes a fire test method for evaluating the effectiveness of fixed water-based local application fire fighting systems.

The test method is intended to evaluate

  • Maximum nozzle spacing 
  • Minimum and maximum distance from the nozzle to the hazard 
  • Minimum nozzle flow rate 
  • Nozzle angle, if any 
  • Minimum operating pressure 

Essentially the test procedure consists of following items

  • Sufficiently large test enclosure with adequate natural or forced ventilation during the fire test (e.g. our large fire test hall) 
  • Two different spray fire scenarios (nominal HRR 1 MW and 6 MW) 
  • Ten fire tests in total 
  • Fire load is light diesel oil 
  • Acceptance criteria are based on extinguishment of test fires within 5 minutes of system activation 

Other test methods for extinguishing systems:

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Tel. +358 20 722 7070
Fax +358 20 722 7001
Opening hours 9:00 - 11:00 and
12:00 - 15:00,
GMT +2 time zone