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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 VI (A)

9.—(1) This regulation applies to ships of Class VI(A). (2)

(a)Every ship to which this regulation applies shall carry the lifesaving 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.
i New Passenger ShipNot more than 50Table 1, (17) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
ii Existing Passenger ShipNot more than 50Table 2, (31) (one compartment standard)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
iii Existing Passenger ShipNot more than 50Table 2 (32) (Buoyancy Test)Liferafts or Open Reversible Liferafts100
AND Buoyant ApparatusAND 60

(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;

(ii)at least 4 lifebuoys, with at least one lifebuoy on each side of the ship being fitted with a lifebuoy lifeline; the remainder shall be provided with self- igniting lights and 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 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; and

(iv)not less than 12 rocket parachute flares.

(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 manintenance programme which includes maintenance of life-saving appliances.

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