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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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Ships of Class V

7.—(1) This regulation applies to ships of Class V.

(2) This paragraph applies to ships of Class V which operate within Category A waters only and which comply with the standard of survivability in accordance with Table 1 (5) or Table 2 (7) (heel test). All such ships shall carry the following equipment:

(a)In addition to the requirements of paragraph (c) lifebuoys to support 10 per cent of the total number of persons which the ship is certified to carry, each lifebuoy being capable of supporting two persons;

(b)Suitable arrangements for the recovery of persons from the water;

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

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

(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 lifebuoys shall be provided with self activating lights. The self activating lights need not be provided on ships which only operate between sunrise and sunset; and

(d)a general emergency alarm system.

(3) This paragraph applies to ships of Class V which operate within Category A and B waters.

(a)Every ship to which this paragraph applies shall carry the life-saving appliances specified in column 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.
*

The Buoyant Apparatus shown in columns 4 and 5 may be substituted by lifebuoys up to a maximum of 60 per cent of the vessels buoyant apparatus requirement with one lifebuoy being suitable to support two persons.

Lifeboats, where fitted, shall be served by their own launching appliances, capable of launching and recovery.

i New Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 1,(6) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
ii New Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 1, (7) (Buoyancy Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
iii New Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 1, (8) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
iv New Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 1, (9) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
v Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (8) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
vi Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (9) (Buoyancy Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
vii Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (10) (Heel Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts50
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 50
vii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2, (11) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
ix Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2,(12) (Buoyancy Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
x Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2, (13) (Heel Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts50
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 50
xi Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (14) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
xii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (15) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
xiii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (16) (Buoyancy Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts50
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 50

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

(c)Suitable arrangements shall be provided on-board for the recovery of persons from the water.

(d)Every such ship shall carry:

(i)at least 2 waterproofed two-way radiotelephone sets except where buoyant apparatus is only fitted these shall not be required; and

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

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

(ii)(b)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. Included in this number there shall be at least two lifebuoys 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;

(e)Every such ship shall be provided with:

(i)a general emergency alarm system;

(ii)posters or signs showing operating instructions on or in the vicinity of the liferafts or their launching arrangements;

(iii)a training manual; and

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

(4) This paragraph applies to ships of Class V which operate within Category A, B and C waters.

(a)Every ship to which this paragraph applies shall carry the life-saving appliances specified in column 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.
*

The Buoyant Apparatus shown in columns 4 and 5 may be substituted by lifebuoys up to a maximum of 60 per cent of the vessels buoyant apparatus requirement with one lifebuoy being suitable to support two persons.

Lifeboats, where fitted, shall be served by their own launching appliances, capable of launching and recovery.

i New Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 1, (10) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
ii New Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 1, (11) (Buoyancy Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
iii New Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 1, (12) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts70
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 40
iv New Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 1, (13) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts70
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 40
v Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (17) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 60
vi Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (18) (Buoyancy Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
OR *Buoyant ApparatusOR 100
vii Existing Passenger ShipUp to 50Table 2, (19) (Heel Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 10
viii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2, (20) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts40
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 70
ix Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2, (21) (Buoyancy Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 50
x Existing Passenger ShipMore than 50 but not more than 250Table 2, (22) (Heel Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 10
xi Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (23) (two compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts40
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 70
xii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (24) (one compartment standard)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts60
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 50
xiii Existing Passenger ShipMore than 250Table 2, (25) (Buoyancy Test)Lifeboats, Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
AND *Buoyant ApparatusAND 10

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

(c)Suitable arrangements shall be provided onboard for the recovery of persons from the water.

(d)Every such ship shall carry:

(i)at least 2 waterproofed two-way radiotelephone sets except where buoyant apparatus is only fitted these shall not be required.

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

Number of passengers the ship is certified to carryNumber of lifebuoys
up to 2504
250 or more8

(ii)(b)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 in the case of ships carrying more than 250 passengers 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;

(iii)for each person onboard either of the following:

(a)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; or

(b)a buoyancy aid suitable for a person weighing 32 kg or more, and a buoyancy aid suitable for a person weighing less than 32 kg complying with Part IV of Schedule 10; or

(c)a lifejacket complying with British Standard Specification BS-3595:1981 provided such lifejackets do not depend wholly upon oral inflation. Lifejackets of the partially inherently buoyant type for persons weighing 32 kg or more shall have buoyancy in the uninflated state of not less than 89 newtons; or

(d)an inflatable Civil Aviation Authority lifejacket which complies with Part III of Schedule 10.

(e)Every such ship shall be provided with:

(i)a general emergency alarm system;

(ii)posters or signs showing operating instructions on or in the vicinity of the liferafts or their launching arrangements;

(iii)a training manual; and

(iv)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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