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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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Schedule 1, Part 1

PART IVMANUAL PUMPS

1.  Every lifeboat manual pump shall comply with the following requirements:

1.1  the capacity when operated at not more than 60 double strokes per minute at 1.2 metres suction head, shall be not less than:

1.1.1 30 litres per minutes in lifeboats of 7 metres in length or over; or

1.1.2 20 litres per minute in lifeboats of less than 7 metres length;

1.2  in its normal dry state (excluding internal grease or other assistance) the pump shall be readily self-priming when operated at a suction head of not less than 1.2 metres;

1.3  all parts of the pump shall be of material unaffected by the effects of sea water;

1.4  the interior of the pump, including valves, shall be readily accessible for emergency cleaning and the cover for access shall be capable of being easily removed without the use of a spanner or other special tool; and

1.5  the pump branches shall be suitable for use with rubber hose connections of at least 30 mm bore. The metal part of the operating handle shall be suitably sheathed by material other than wood to ensure that the hands of the operator are protected when the pump is used in extreme cold. The spindle gland shall be of the spring loaded seal ring type.

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