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Life Saving Appliances Maintenance

Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Maintenance and inspection
SOLAS II-1/3-9.3 SOLAS III/20.4 SOLAS III/20.7.2 MSC.1/Circ.1331, Annex, para. 4
All
Monthly
Crew
In accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Maintenance of wires acc. to SOLAS III/20.4.
Means of Embarkation on and Disembarkation from ships (Gangways, accommodation ladders incl. winch and fittings as well as use for pilot transfer)
Examination
SOLAS II-1/3-9.3 MSC.1/Circ.1331, Annex, para. 5
All
Annually
Crew + Class
Examination and operational test with specified max. operational load
SOLAS II-1/3-9.3 MSC.1/Circ.1331, Annex, para. 5
All
5 Yearly
Crew + Class
Suitable test weights are to be provided.
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Examine cylinder gauges to confirm they are in the correct pressure range
MSC.1/Circ.1432, para. 4.5
All
Weekly
Crew
Emergency escape breathing devices (EEBDs)
Check according to maker's instructions
MSC.1/Circ.1432, para. 7.8.3
All
Annually
Crew
Hydrostatic test and internal inspection of cylinders
IACS Rec. No.88
All
As specified by manufacturer
Service Company approved by class
Intervals specified in recognized international standards (e.g. ISO, EN) are to be observed
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Testing of emergency lighting
SOLAS III/19.3.3.9
All
At each abandon ship drill
Crew
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Falls used in launching appliances
Maintenance
SOLAS III/20.4 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
All
Weekly Monthly Annually
Crew or Service Company
Inspections according to makers maintenance guidelines; Special concern to hidden areas and areas of end terminations; Ships crew only if properly trained and familiar with these works.
Renewal
SOLAS III/20.4
All
Latest after 5 years or earlier when necessary due to deterioration
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or Service personnel
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Immersion suits and anti-exposure Suits
Inspection
SOLAS III/20.7.2 SOLAS III/36.1 MSC/Circ.1047
All
Monthly
Crew
Air pressure test (seams and closures)
MSC/Circ.1114
All
3 Yearly
Crew or Shore based maintenance provider
By crew provided suitable equipment is available on board. Tests more frequently for suits older than 10 years.
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Maintenance of inflatable liferafts, lifejackets
SOLAS III/20.8.1.1
All
Annually
Service company
Administration may extend this period to 17 months. Inflatable liferafts: Administration can accept specific liferafts for extended service intervals acc. to SOLAS III/20.8.3 and MSC.1/Circ.1328.
Lifeboat maintenance
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Launching appliances
Launching appliance annual thorough examination
SOLAS III/20.11.1.2 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1/Appendix of Annex 1, para. 2.8 and 2.9 as applicable
All
Monthly
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or service personnel or Service Personnel + class
Dynamic test of the winch brake
SOLAS III/20.11.1.3 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1/Appendix of Annex 1, para. 3.1 and 3.3 as applicable
All
Monthly
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or service personnel or Service Personnel + class
Applicable load: Weight of survival craft without persons on board.
On-load release gear/automatic release hooks thorough examination and operational test incl. free-fall lifeboat release system
SOLAS III/20.11.2..2 + 20.11.3.2 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1/Appendix of Annex 1, para. 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 and 2.7
All
Monthly
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or service personnel or Service Personnel + class
Applicable load: Weight of survival craft without persons on board.
Dynamic test of the winch brake
SOLAS III/20.11.1.3 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1/Appendix of Annex 1, para. 3.2 and 3.3 as applicable
All
5 Yearly
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or service personnel or Service Personnel + class
Applicable load: 1.1 x Weight of fully equipped survival craft with equivalent weight of max. permitted number of persons. To be performed in connection with the annually required thorough examination.
On-load release gear/automatic release hooks five yearly overhaul and operational test incl. free-fall lifeboat release system.
SOLAS III/20.11.2.3 + 20.11.3.3 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1/Appendix of Annex 1, para. 4
All
5 Yearly
Maker or Mfr trained personnel or service personnel or Service Personnel + class
Applicable load: 1.1 x Weight of fully equipped survival craft with equivalent weight of max. permitted number of persons. To be performed in connection with the annually required thorough examination.
Life saving appliances
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Examination of lifeboats
MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
All
Yearly
Crew + Maker
Engine, propulsion, manoeuvring and power supply system.
Lifeboats (except free-fall lifeboats)
Moving from stowed position
SOLAS III/20.6.3
All
Weekly
Crew
Lifeboats (except free-fall lifeboats)
Turning out from stowed position
SOLAS III/20.7.1
All
Monthly
Crew
Inspection of lifeboat equipment
SOLAS III/20.7.2
All
Monthly
Crew
Test run of life- and rescue boat engines
SOLAS III/20.6.2 MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
All
Weekly
Crew
Lifeboats with self-contained air support system
Examination
MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
Tanker (chem/gas)
Yearly
Crew + Maker
Incl. external inspection of air cylinders.
Lifeboats with self-contained air support system
Hydrostatic test of air cylinders
IACS Rec. No.88
Tanker (chem/gas)
5-yearly
Service Company
Examination of lifeboats with sprinkler system
MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
Tanker (oil)
Yearly
Crew + Maker
Replacement of first-aid outfit and anti-seasickness medicine of lifeboat equipment
LSA Code, para. 1.2.3
All
Maker’s expiry date
Crew
Replacement of food rations of lifeboat equipment
LSA Code, para. 1.2.3
All
Maker’s expiry date
Crew
lifebuoy light
Marine evacuation system
Rocket parachute and hand flare
HRU
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval Maintenance By Remark
Battery replacement of lifebuoy lights
LSA Code, para. 1.2.3
All
Maker Expiry Date
Crew
Annually, if not marked with expiration date
Marine evacuation systems (MES)
Service
SOLAS III/20.8.1.1
Passenger ships
Yearly
Shore based maintenance provider
Administration may extend this period to 17 months.
Marine evacuation systems (MES)
Content
SOLAS III/20.8.2
Passenger ships
6-yearly
Service Company
Deployment on rotational basis at intervals to be agreed by Administration, however each system to be deployed at least once every six years.
Testing of public address systems and general alarm systems
SOLAS III/20.6.4 MSC.1/Circ.1432, para. 4.4
All
Weekly
Crew
Replacement of rocket parachute flares and rockets line throwing appliances
LSA Code, para. 1.2.3
All
Maker Expiry Date
Crew
Replacement of smoke signals
LSA Code, para. 1.2.3
All
Maker Expiry Date
Crew
Visual inspection of survival craft, rescue boats and launching appliances
SOLAS III/20.6.1
All
Weekly
Crew
Maintenance of hydrostatic release units (non-disposable)
SOLAS III/20.9.1
All
Annually
Service Company
Administration may extend this period to 17 months.

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