Requirements of life-saving appliances and
arrangements applicable to ships not propelled by mechanical means
(1) Ships not propelled by mechanical means which proceed to sea shall carry-
(a) one or more liferafts on each side of the ship of sufficient aggregate capacity to accommodate the total number of persons on board provided that-
(i) if the liferafts cannot be readily transferred for launching on either side of the ship, the total capacity available on each side shall be sufficient to accommodate 150% of the total number of persons on board;
(ii) if the rescue boat required by paragraph (b) is also a lifeboat complying with the requirements of the Convention, it may be included in the aggregate capacity referred to in this paragraph provided that the total capacity available on either side of the ship is at least 150% of the total number of persons on board; and
(iii) the number and arrangement of survival craft shall be such that in the event of any one survival craft being lost or rendered unserviceable, there shall be sufficient survival craft available for use on each side of the ship to accommodate the total number of persons on board;
(b) at least one rescue boat, provided that in ships of less than 500 tons an inflated boat fitted with an engine may be carried in lieu of a rescue boat; a lifeboat may be accepted as a rescue boat provided that it also complies with the requirements for a rescue boat. The lifeboat, rescue boat or inflated boat shall be served by its own launching appliance.
(2) Every such ship shall carry a satellite EPIRB.
(3) (a) Every such ship shall carry at least the number of lifebuoys determined in accordance with the following table-
Length of ship in metres Number of lifebuoys
Under 50 6
50 or over 8
(b) At least one lifebuoy on each side of the ship shall be fitted with a buoyant lifeline. Not less than 50% of the total number of lifebuoys shall be provided with self-igniting lights and not less than 2 of the lifebuoys provided with such lights shall also be provided with self-activating smoke signals and be capable of quick release from the navigating bridge or steering position. On ships of less than 12 metres in length the buoyant lifelines shall be at least 18 metres in length.
(4) Every such ship shall carry-
(a) a lifejacket suitable for a person weighing 32 kilograms or more for each person on board;
(b) a lifejacket suitable for a person weighing less than 32 kilograms for each such person on board provided that there shall never be less than 2 such lifejackets on any ship which ever carries children; and
(c) a sufficient number of lifejackets for persons on watch and for use at remotely located survival craft stations, and such lifejackets should be stowed on the bridge, in the engine control room and at any other manned watch station.
(5) Each lifejacket required to be carried in subsection (4) should be fitted with a lifejacket light.
(6) Every such ship shall carry an immersion suit or an anti-exposure suit, of an appropriate size for every person assigned to crew the rescue boat or inflated boat.
(7) (a) Every such ship shall carry an immersion suit for every person on board unless-
(i) the liferafts are served by launching appliances;
(ii) the liferafts are served by equivalent approved appliances capable of being used on both sides of the ship and which do not require entry into the water to board the liferaft; or
(iii) the ship is constantly engaged on voyages between the parallels of latitude of 20o north and south.
(b) The immersion suits required by this subsection may be used to comply with the requirements of subsection (6).
(8) Every such ship shall carry not less than 12 rocket parachute flares.
(9) Every such ship of 12 metres or over in length shall carry a line-throwing appliance.
(10) Every such ship shall be provided with-
(a) a general emergency alarm system; and
(b) lighting as specified in Regulations 42 and 43 of Chapter II-1+ of the Convention.
(11) Every such ship shall be provided with-
(a) posters or signs showing operating instructions on or in the vicinity of survival craft and their launching controls;
(b) a training manual-
(i) in each crew cabin; or
(ii) in each crew messroom and each recreation room;
(c) instructions for on-board maintenance of life-saving appliances or a shipboard planned maintenance programme which includes the maintenance of life-saving appliances; and
(d) a copy of the table "Life-Saving Signals and Rescue Methods, SOLAS-1".
___________________________________________________________________ Note: + Regulations 42 and 43 of Chapter II-1 appeared in the original text of the Convention as Regulations 25 and 26 of Chapter II-1. The two Regulations were subsequently amended and re-numbered as Regulations 42 and 43 in 1981 by virtue of (i) below. The relevant amendments to these Regulations adopted by the Organization are contained in the following documents-
(i) Annex to Resolution MSC. 1(XLV) adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization on 20 November 1981; (ii) Annex to Resolution MSC. 11(55) adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization on 21 April 1988; (iii) Annex to Resolution MSC. 13(57) adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization on 11 April 1989; and (iv) Annex to Resolution MSC. 27(61) adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization on 11 December 1992.