Remarks: Totally Enclosed Lifeboats
In the stowed position, the weight of the boat must be on the davit horns and not on the falls.
Adjacent seat belts must be in contrasting colours.
Fall preventer devices are not necessary for free-fall lifeboats, or if Safety Locking Pins are fitted as required by MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1.
However, maintenance strops (Hanging off pendants) and recovery strops must be carried and certified.
Embarkation ladder: Check the condition of the thimble connecting the Embarkation ladder to the deck and the condition of side ropes. At times the thimble remains in contact with the deck and gets wasted by water accumulation around it. The side ropes can get frail and corroded. Ensure there is a certificate for the embarkation ladder.
There is an indication on the hooks to confirm that the hooks are properly locked.
Confirm with Manufacturer's guidance and manuals to ensure that the hooks are correctly set.
The Ship's Fire & Safety plan indicates the location of IMO symbols.
A list of all IMO symbols can also be found in the IMPA / ISSA Code booklet. All LSA-FFA must have IMO symbols.
Apart from the usual locations, the following must also have IMO symbols in good condition:
EPIRBs, SARTs, Hospital; Muster station; Pilot ladder; Stretcher, Safety plan box; Emergency Stops; Eye wash station; SCBA, General Alarms; Drinking water stations; Emergency Exits, etc.
Information present in the Training Manual:
1. General fire safety practice and precautions related to the dangers of smoking, electrical hazards, flammable liquids and similar common shipboard hazards;
2. General instructions on fire-fighting activities and fire-fighting procedures, including procedures for notification of a fire and use of manually operated call points;
3. Meanings of the ship's alarms;
4. Operation and use of fire-fighting systems and appliances;
5. Operation and use of fire doors;
6. Operation and use of fire and smoke dampers; and
7. Escape systems and appliances.
Certificate of Type Approval:
All LSA Equipment must have a Certificate of Type approval to prove it was made as required by the LSA Code. It is acceptable if a Certificate of Type approval is expired.
It is issued after manufacture and must be valid when the equipment is put in operation for the first time. Once the equipment is on board and in use, it does not matter if the Type Approval Certificate is expired.
Hoses to be pressure tested and any leaking hoses repaired immediately. The hoses kept on bridge wings and forward are often the ones tested during a PSC or vetting Inspection.
Additionally, any hoses close to accommodation may be tested if a Fire drill is conducted during the PSC inspection.
Carry out pressure test regularly and a few days prior arrival by running the Fire pump and checking each hydrant Fwd to aft, Port and Stbd, Bridge to Engine room.
Ensure the Em Fire pump is able to pump water in ballast condition.
It must be operable in all vessel conditions except when the vessel is entering/leaving a dry dock (i.e. Lightship)
SOLAS 1974 II-2/220.127.116.11.5 and FSS Code 18.104.22.168.3
Information on a Portable Fire Extinguisher
Information marked to include: Name of manufacturer, Type of fire suitable for, approval details, instructions for use & recharge, Year of manufacture, temperature range, test pressure, last date of hydrostatic test.
Spares to be carried for a Portable Fire Extinguisher
SOLAS Requires: For those which can be charged - 100% for first 10 extinguishers, 50% for the remaining;
for those which cannot be charged - the Same qty of Spare extinguishers in lieu of the charges.
The company or Flag state may require additional charges to be carried.
SOLAS 2004 II-2/10.10 and FSS Code 3/2.1.1
Fireman's Outfit consists of: