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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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Lifeboat Equipment

7.1  All items of lifeboat equipment, whether required by this paragraph or elsewhere in this Schedule, with the exception of boat-hooks which shall be kept available for fending off purposes, shall be secured within the lifeboat by lashings, storage in lockers or compartments, storage in brackets or similar mounting arrangements or other suitable means. The equipment shall be secured in such a manner as not to interfere with any abandonment procedures. All items of lifeboat equipment shall be as small and of as little mass as possible and shall be packed in a suitable and compact form. Except where otherwise stated, the normal equipment of every lifeboat shall consist of:

7.1.1   sufficient buoyant oars to make headway in calm seas; thole pins, crutches or equivalent arrangements shall be provided for each oar provided; thole pins or crutches shall be attached to the boat by lanyards or chains;

7.1.2   two boat-hooks;

7.1.3   a buoyant bailer and two buckets;

7.1.4   a sea-anchor complying with the requirements of Part I of Schedule 7;

7.1.5   two efficient painters of length equal to not less than twice the distance from the stowage position of the lifeboat to the waterline in the lightest seagoing condition or 15 metres whichever is the greater; one painter attached to the release device required by paragraph 5.7 shall be placed at the forward end of the lifeboat and the other shall be stored at or near the bow of the lifeboat ready for use;

7.1.6   two hatches, one at each end of the lifeboat;

7.1.7   watertight receptacles complying with the requirements of Part III of Schedule 7 containing a total of 3 litres of fresh water for each person the lifeboat is permitted to accommodate;

7.1.8   three rustproof graduated drinking vessels, one suitably graduated in millilitres;

7.1.9   six hand flares;

7.1.10 one waterproof electric torch suitable for Morse signalling together with one spare set of batteries and one spare bulb in a waterproof container;

7.1.11 one whistle or equivalent sound signal;

7.1.12 a first-aid outfit complying with the requirments of Part II of Schedule 7;

7.1.13 six doses of anti-seasickness medicine and one seasickness bag for each person;

7.1.14 a jack-knife to be kept attached to the boat by a lanyard;

7.1.15 three tin openers;

7.1.16 two buoyant rescure quoits, attached to not less than 30 metres of buoyant line;

7.1.17 a manual pump complying with the requirements of Part IV of Schedule 1;

7.1.18 sufficient tools for minor adjustments to the engine and its accessories;

7.1.19 two portable fire-extinguishers suitable for extinguishing oil fires; and

7.1.20 in the case of ships engaged on voyages of class V the equipment specified in paragraphs 7.1.4, 7.1.7 to 7.1.10 inclusive and 7.1.12 to 7.1.17 inclusive need not be carried.

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