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fully loaded with their full complement of person and equipment.
is making headway at a speed of 5 knots in calm water.
lifeboat to be launched by falls shall be of sufficient strength to withstand
when loaded with its full complement of person and equipment and with
applicable skates or fenders in position, a lateral impact against ship side at
an impact velocity of atleast 3.5m/sec and also a drop into water from a height
of atleast 3 mtrs.
the lifeboat for a merchant vessel is decided by the type of the ship and
number of ship’s crew, but it should not be less than 7.3 m in length and
minimum two lifeboats are provided on both side of the ship (port and
cargo ship with 20,000 GT is that the boat must be capable of launching when
the ship is heading with a speed of 5 knots.
for rescue purpose along with other lifeboats. One lifeboat can be designated
as a rescue boat if more then one lifeboat is present onboard ship.
slide down the lifeboat even when the ship is heeled to an angle of 15 degree
on either side. Ropes are used to hold the lifeboat in stowed position with
cradle. These ropes are called gripes.
known as falls and the speed of the lifeboat descent should not be more then
36m/ min which is controlled by means of centrifugal brakes.
launching appliance should not be less than 0.3 m/sec with the boat loaded to
its full capacity.
The Lifeboat must be painted in international
bright orange colour with the ship’s call sign printed on it.
fully loaded lifeboat in calm water has an engine speed of atleast 6 knots and
at least 2 knots when towing a 25-person life-raft and enough fuel for 24
rightening fully enclosed.
lifeboat engine as per SOLAS
compression ignition engine. No life boat engine can be used if the fuel used
in it has a flash point of 43˚C or less.
stroke or four-stroke type, and can be started either by hand or by power.
when life boat be flooded upto waterline of crankshaft. Power starting can be
by using accumulator batteries or hydraulic.
independent rechargeable energy sources are provided. However, any starting
method should be capable of starting engines at 15˚C of ambient temperature
within two minutes of commencing of starting procedure.
propeller through gearbox. The gearbox is capable of disengaging the engine as
well as engaging in either ahead or astern direction.
well clear of waterline.
for not less than 5 minutes after starting from cold, with lifeboat out of
filter to start from cold condition.
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