After a brief review of the inadequacies that used to exist in assuring the ability of ships to cope with emergencies requiring lifesaving equipment and ship evacuation, the new Lifesaving and Appliances and Arrangements Chapter enacted in 1983 as an amendment to the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is discussed. The new rules apply fully to those oceangoing ships on international voyages whose keels were laid on or after July 1, 1986. Some portions of the new rules apply to all ships subject to SOLAS, and some of the equipment rules will apply to all SOLAS ships after July 1, 1991. The rules place particular emphasis on protecting against hypothermia; having better distress communciations after abandonment; having more meaningful shipboard drills; and recognizing and accepting new designs and abandonment procedures. The significant changes call for gravity davits, entrance platforms for inflatable liferafts, the carriage of rescue boats, better emergency communications, and better crew training. Each of these aspects is discussed in turn.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference paper
  • Authors:
    • Whitten, D H
  • Conference:
    • Cruise Op '89
    • Location: Hollywood, Florida
    • Date: 1989-11-5 to 1989-11-7
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00659757
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM