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The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes III to VI (A)) Regulations 1992

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Ship of Class IV

6.—(1) This regulation applies to ships of Class IV.

(2) Every ship to which this regulation applies shall carry the life-saving appliances specified in colum 4 of the capacity specified in column 5 in relation to a ship specified in columns 1 to 3 of the following table:

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
Type of ShipNumber of Passengers ship is certified to carryStandard of survivability ship complies withLife Saving AppliancesMinimum aggregate percentage of LSA for the total number of persons the ship is certified to carry.
iNew Passenger ShipUp to 250Table 1, (3) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
andand
Buoyant Apparatus  10
iiNew Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 1, (4) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
andand
Buoyant Apparatus  10
iiiExisting Passenger ShipUp to 250Table 2, (4) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts  70
andand
Buoyant Apparatus  40
ivExisting Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (5) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts  70
andand
Buoyant Apparatus  40
vExisting Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (6) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
andand
Buoyant Apparatus  50

(3) At least one rescue boat or inflatable boat shall be provided. The number of lifeboats, rescue boats or inflatable boats are to be sufficient to ensure that in providing for abandonment by the total number of persons the ship is certified to carry, not more than nine liferafts or open reversible liferafts need to be marshalled by each lifeboat or rescue boat or inflatable boat.

(4) The liferafts shall, as far as practicable, be equally distributed on each side of the ship.

(5) The lifeboat required to be carried by paragraph (2) and the rescue boat or inflated boat required to be carried by paragraph (3) shall be served by their own launching appliances, capable of launching and recovery.

(6) Suitable arrangements shall be provided on board for the recovery of persons from the water. The rescue boat or inflatable boat carried in accordance with paragraph (3) is acceptable as complying with this requirement.

(7) Every such ship shall carry:

(a)at least 2 waterproofed two-way radiotelephone sets. When carrying more than five crew then 3 two-way radiotelephone sets are to be provided;

(b)at least the number of lifebuoys determined in accordance with the following table:

(i)

Number of passengers for which the ship is certified to carryNumber of lifebuoys
up to 2504
250 or more8; and

(ii)at least one lifebuoy on each side of the ship shall be fitted with a buoyant lifeline. Not less than 50 per cent of the total number of lifebuoys shall be provided with self-igniting lights and not less than two of the lifebuoys provided with such lights shall also be provided with self-activating smoke signals and be capable of quick release from the navigating bridge, providing that self-igniting lights need not be provided on ships which only operate between sunrise and sunset;

(c)for each person the ship is certified to carry a lifejacket suitable for a person weighing 32 kg or more; and a lifejacket suitable for a person weighing less than 32 kg for each such person on board;

(d)not less than 12 rocket parachute flares; and

(e)a line throwing appliance provided that in lieu of four projectiles and four lines, two projectiles and two lines may be carried.

(8) Included in the number of lifejackets required by paragraph (7)(c) to be carried there shall be sufficient inflatable lifejackets for the crew of the rescue boat or inflated boat.

(9) Every such ship shall be provided with:

(a)a general emergency alarm system;

(b)posters or signs showing operating instructions on or in the vicinity of the liferafts, rescue boat or inflated boats, or their launching arrangements;

(c)a training manual; and

(d)instructions for on-board maintenance of life-saving appliances or a shipboard planned maintenance programme which includes the maintenance of life-saving appliances.

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