Life Raft Regulations

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Extract from resolution A.657(16). Adopted on 19 October 1989 Agenda item 10: Instructions for action in a survival craft.

ANNEX 1
LIFE RAFT SURVIVAL INSTRUCTIONS Part A:


Instructions for immediate action in a life raft

The instructions concerning immediate action upon entering the life raft should be written in easily legible type on waterproof material and displayed so as to be easily seen by a person entering the life raft. The instructions should be written in one of the official languages of the Organization in addition to the official language of the country.

1. Cut painter and get clear of ship.

2. Look for and pick up other survivors.

3. Ensure sea anchor streamed when clear of ship.

4. Close up entrances.

5. Read survival instructions.

Part B:

Instructions on how to survive in a life raft


1. Identify person in charge of life raft.

2. Post a lookout.

3. Open equipment pack.

4. Issue anti–seasickness medicine and seasickness bags.

5. Dry life raft floor and inflate, if appropriate.

6. Administer first aid, if appropriate.

7. Manoeuvre towards other life rafts, secure life rafts together and distribute survivors and equipment between survival craft.

8. Arrange watches and duties.

9. Check life raft for correct operation and any damage and repair as appropriate (ventilate if CO2 leaking into life raft).

10. Check functioning of canopy light and if possible conserve power during daylight.

11. Adjust canopy openings to give protection from weather or to ventilate the life raft as appropriate.

12. Prepare and use detection equipment including radio equipment.

13. Gather up any useful floating objects.

14. Protect against heat, cold and wet conditions.

15. Decide on food and water rations.

16. Take measures to maintain morale.

17. Make sanitary arrangements to keep life raft habitable.

18. Maintain life raft including topping up of buoyancy tubes and canopy supports.

19. Make proper use of available survival equipment.

20. Prepare action for:
  1. arrival of rescue units;

  2. being taken in tow;

  3. rescue by helicopter; and

  4. landing and beaching.
Notes: 1). The order in which the above instructions are followed will depend on the particular circumstances.
2). The above instructions can stand alone or can be amplified as appropriate to the satisfaction of the Administration.

ANNEX 2

List of contents for the lifeboat survival instructions or manual:

Contents:
1. The person in charge of the lifeboat shall immediately, after clearing the ship, organize the following:
  • Look for and pick up other survivors from the water;

  • marshal life rafts;

  • secure survival craft together, distribute survivors and equipment between survival craft;

  • stream sea–anchor; and

  • if appropriate, rig exposure cover or folding canopy.
2. Post a lookout.

3. Issue anti–seasickness medicine and seasickness bags.

4. Administer first aid, if appropriate.

5. Arrange watches and duties.

6. Prepare and use detection equipment including radio equipment.

7. Gather up any useful floating objects.

8. Protect against heat, cold and wet conditions.

9. Decide on food and water rations.

10. Take measures to maintain morale.

11. Make sanitary arrangements to keep lifeboat habitable.

12. Prepare for onset of adverse weather.

13. Make proper use of survival equipment.

14. Prepare action for:
  • arrival of rescue units;

  • being taken in tow;

  • rescue by helicopter; and

  • landing and beaching.

Note: The above list of contents should be used to compile a lifeboat survival manual to the satisfaction of the Administration.

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