1 Every lifeboat shall meet
(a) the requirements of Regulations 41.1 to 41.7 of Chapter III of the Safety Convention, as amended from time to time; and
(b) the following requirements of Chapter III of the Safety Convention:
(i) in the case of a partially enclosed lifeboat, Regulations 42.2 to 42.4, and
(ii) in the case of a totally enclosed or free-fall lifeboat, Regulations 44.2 to 44.6.
2 (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), every lifeboat shall be tested in accordance with section 6 of Part I of International Maritime Organization Resolution A.689(17), adopted on November 6, 1991 and entitled Testing of Life-Saving Appliances, as amended from time to time.
(2) The lifeboat seating test described in section 6.8.1 of the Resolution referred to in subsection (1) shall be conducted with the test subjects wearing, instead of lifejackets, inherently buoyant
(a) marine anti-exposure work suits that meet the requirements of Canadian General Standards Board Standard CAN/CGSB-65.21-M89, published in June 1989 and entitled Marine Anti-exposure Work Suit Systems, as amended from time to time; or
(b) immersion suits that meet the requirements of Canadian General Standards Board Standard CAN/CGSB-65.16-M89, published in February 1989 and entitled Marine Abandonment Immersion Suit Systems, as amended from time to time.
(3) The lifeboat cold engine starting test described in sections 6.11.2 to 6.11.4 of the Resolution referred to in subsection (1) shall also be carried out with the engine, and its fuel and coolant, in a chamber at a temperature of -30°C.
3 Every lifeboat shall be marked, in clearly legible permanent characters,
(a) with its dimensions, complement, Board approval number, date of manufacture and the manufacturer’s name and serial number;
(b) on each side of the bow, in upper-case letters at least 100 mm in height, with the name and port of registry of the ship that carries the lifeboat; and
(c) with the call sign of the ship that carries the lifeboat and the number of the lifeboat, in such a way that both are clearly visible from above.
4 (1) Every lifeboat carried on a Safety Convention ship shall be provided with retro-reflective material that
(a) is fitted in the manner set out in section 1 of Annex 1 to International Maritime Organization Resolution A.658(16), adopted on October 19, 1989 and entitled Use and Fitting of Retro-Reflective Materials on Life-Saving Appliances, as amended from time to time; and
(b) meets the technical specifications set out in Annex 2 of the Resolution referred to in paragraph (a).
(2) Every lifeboat carried on a ship that is not a Safety Convention ship shall be provided with retro-reflective material that
(a) is fitted in the manner set out in the Resolution referred to in paragraph (1)(a); and
(b) meets the technical specifications set out in the following Canadian General Standards Board Standards, as amended from time to time:
(i) in the case of material fitted on flexible surfaces, sections 4 and 5 of 62-GP-12, Standard for: Marking Material, Retroreflective, Enclosed Lens, Flexible Type, dated January 1975, and
(ii) in the case of material fitted on rigid surfaces, the provisions referred to in subparagraph (i) or sections 5 and 6 of 62-GP-11M, Standard for: Marking Material, Retroreflective Enclosed Lens, Adhesive Backing, dated May 1978.
5 A lifeboat that is fitted with a self-contained air support system shall be
(a) designed so that, for a period of not less than 10 minutes with all entrances and openings closed and the engine running normally,
(i) the air in the lifeboat remains safe and breathable, and
(ii) the atmospheric pressure inside the lifeboat never falls below the outside pressure nor exceeds it by more than 20 mbar; and
(b) provided with visual indicators that continuously indicate the pressure of the air supply within the air support system.
6 (1) A lifeboat that is fire-protected shall be designed so that, when waterborne, it is capable of protecting the complement, when subjected to a continuous oil fire that envelops the lifeboat for a period of not less than eight minutes.
(2) Where a lifeboat referred to in subsection (1) is fitted with a water spray system, the system shall be designed so that
(a) water for the system is drawn from the sea by a self-priming motor pump;
(b) the flow of the water over the exterior of the lifeboat may be turned on and off;
(c) the sea-water intake prevents the intake of flammable liquids from the sea surface; and
(d) the system provides for flushing with fresh water and complete draining.
7 A lifeboat that is fitted with a fixed VHF radiotelephone apparatus shall be equipped with a cabin that is large enough to accommodate the apparatus and the person using it.
- SOR/96-218, s. 42
- SOR/2000-261, s. 24
- SOR/2001-179, s. 59
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