Engineering Circular No. 78
Dated 13th December, 2006
ÃÖÓ./ Reference : Engineering Branch Circular No.26 dated 12.04.2004
Recognizing the importance of proper maintenance and inspection of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear, Guidelines for Developing Operation and Maintenance Manuals for Lifeboat Systems and Measures to Prevent Accidents with Lifeboats are enclosed. These Guidelines relate to the application of the ISM Code to periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboat arrangements and should therefore be reflected in procedures developed for a ship under that Code.
The guidelines are
as per MSC Circular No.MSC.1/Circ.1205 and 1206. The purpose of these
guidelines is to encourage development of user friendly manuals for
operation and maintenance of lifeboat systems including launching
appliances. Personnel undertaking the inspection, maintenance of
lifeboats, launching appliances and associated equipment are required to
be fully trained and familiar with the duties to be carried out, in
accordance with approved established procedures and manufacturers’
All shipping companies are required to ensure that the following are addressed through its Safety Management System Manual.
1] on-load release equipment used is in full compliance with the requirements of paragraphs 22.214.171.124.2.2 to 126.96.36.199.5 of the LSA Code;
2] all appropriate documentation for the maintenance and adjustment of lifeboats, launching appliances and associated equipment is available on board;
3] personnel undertaking inspections, maintenance and adjustment of lifeboats, launching appliances and associated equipment are fully trained and familiar with these duties;
4] maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and associated equipment is carried out in accordance with approved established procedures;
5] lifeboat drills are conducted in accordance with SOLAS regulation III/19.3.3 for the purpose of ensuring that ship’s personnel will be able to safely embark and launch the lifeboats in an emergency;
6] the principles of safety and health at work apply to drills as well;
7] personnel undertaking maintenance and repair activities are appropriately qualified;
8] hanging-off pennants should only be used for maintenance purposes and not during training exercises.
This issues with the approval of the Chief Surveyor with the Government of India.