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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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1.1  Subject to the provisions of paragraph 1.3 of this Part, the equipment of every liferaft shall consist of:

1.1.1   one buoyant rescue quoit, attached to not less than 30 metres of buoyant line with a breaking strain of at least 1.0 kN;

1.1.2   one safety knife of the non-folding type having a buoyant handle and stowed in a pocket on the upper buoyancy tube near that entrance of the raft which is adjacent to the painter and must be secured to the liferaft by a light line of sufficient length to enable the painter to be readily cut; in addition, a liferaft which is permitted to accommodate 13 persons or more shall be provided with a second safety knife which need not be of the non folding type; the stowage position of the knives shall be highlighted;

1.1.3   for a liferaft which is permitted to accommodate not more than 12 persons, one buoyant bailer; for a liferaft which is permitted to accommodate 13 persons or more, two buoyant bailers;

1.1.4   two sponges;

1.1.5   two sea-anchors each complying with the requirements of Part I of Schedule 7, one being spare, and the other permanently attached to the liferaft in such a way as to be readily deployable when the liferaft inflates to enable the liferaft to lie oriented to the wind in the most stable manner;

1.1.6   two buoyant paddles;

1.1.7   one first-aid outfit complying with the requirements of Part II of Schedule 7, in a waterproof case capable of being closed tightly after use;

1.1.8   one whistle or equivalent sound signal;

1.1.9   two rocket parachute flares;

1.1.10 three hand flares;

1.1.11 one buoyant smoke signal;

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

1.1.13 an efficient radar reflector;

1.1.14 one daylight signalling mirror with instructions on its use for signalling to ships and aircraft;

1.1.15 one copy of the Department of Transport Rescue Signal Table published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office;

1.1.16 six doses of anti-seasickness medicine and one seasickness bag for each person the liferaft is permitted to accommodate;

1.1.17 instructions printed in English on how to survive;

1.1.18 instructions for immediate action;

1.1.19 thermal protective aids sufficient for 10% of the number of persons the liferaft is permitted to accommodate or two, whichever is the greater;

1.1.20 one repair outfit for repairing punctures in buoyancy compartments; and

1.1.21 one topping-up pump or bellows

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