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Shipping Notice: CISN 03/2004

Published 18th February 2004, 9:38am

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To: Owners, Managers, Masters and Officers, Surveyors and Classification Societies, Applicable to all Cayman Flag Ships and Yachts Irespective of GT.

Background

This notice offers general guidelines for the maintenance inspection and testing of life saving appliances on Cayman Flag vessel and it is not intended to replace the requirements of the appropriate International Conventions in force.

General Guidelines for Maintenance and Inspection:

Operational Readiness:

Before the ship leaves port and at all times during the voyage, all life-saving appliances shall be in working order and ready for immediate use. If life saving appliances are under repair, then suitable alternative arrangements approved by the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry should be made to ensure an equivalent level of safety is maintained

Weekly Testing and Inspection:-

  • All Survival Craft, rescue boats and launching appliances inspected to ensure they are ready for immediate use.
  • Lifeboat and rescue boat engines run ahead and astern
  • General emergency alarm system tested
  • Public address system tested

Monthly Testing and Inspection:-

  • All lifesaving appliances including lifeboat and rescue boat equipment to be inspected, using checklist for onboard maintenance
  • Examination and testing of fixed radio installation and searchlight equipment in boats
  • Batteries charging correctly from dynamo when engine running

Monthly Testing and Inspection

  • Water spray systems on lifeboats tested in accordance with manufacturers instructions and then flushed through with fresh water.

Annual Testing and Maintenance

Every inflatable liferaft, inflatable lifejacket, inflatable boat, rescue boat, fast rescue boat (RIB’s) and hydrostatic release unit (other than a disposable unit) and Marine Evacuation System shall be serviced at an accredited service station1

Bi-annual Testing and Maintenance

Every davit launched inflatable liferaft, inflatable boat or inflatable rescue boat, must be subject to 10% overload static test suspended from lifting point.

Maintenance of fall wires

Falls used in launching shall be turned end for end at intervals of not more than 30 months and be renewed when necessary due to deterioration of the falls or at intervals of not more than five years, whichever is the earlier

Periodic Servicing of launching appliances and on-load release gear

  • Launching appliances and on-load release gear Shall be serviced at recommended intervals in accordance with the instructions for on-board maintenance.
  • Launching appliances shall be subject to a thorough examination at intervals not exceeding 5 years and on completion of the examination be subjected to a dynamic test of the winch brake with a proof load of not less than 1.1 times the maximum working load at maximum lowering speed.
  • Lifeboat on load release gear shall be subjected to a thorough examination and test during the annual cargo ship or passenger ship safety survey by properly trained personnel familiar with the system; and operationally tested under a load of 1.1 times the total mass of the lifeboat when loaded with its full complements of persons and equipment whenever the release gear is overhauled, such overhauling and test shall be carried out at least once every five years.

Rotational deployment of marine evacuation systems

In addition to the servicing intervals required for marine evacuation systems (MES), each MES shall be deployed from the ship on a rotational basis so that each system is deployed at least once every six years.

Annex 1

Suggested Maintenance Plan for Life Saving Appliances
System or Appliance: Shipboard Inspection: Periodic Inspection & Service: Marking & Documentation:
Inflatable lifejacketsIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers' instructions.Annually by accredited service agent ashoreCertificates on board
Inflatable liferafts, boats, rescue boats, marine evacuation systems, RIB’sIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers' instructions.Annually by accredited service agent ashoreTo be clearly marked Certificates on board
Hydrostatic releasesIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers' instructions.In accordance with manufacturers expiry dateTo be clearly marked Certificates on board
Line throwing rocketsIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers' instructions.In accordance with manufacturers expiry dateTo be clearly marked
Man Overboard and other pyrotechnicsIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers' instructions.In accordance with manufacturers expiry dateTo be clearly marked
Batteries for EPIRB, Search and rescue transponder, radio life saving appliances, GMDSS VHF, Immersion SuitIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers’ instructions.In accordance with manufacturers expiry dateTo be clearly marked
Launching appliances and on-load release gearIn accordance with SMS proceduresIntervals as specified in the instructions for on-board maintenance.Service record to be maintained onboard for presentation to authorised Cayman Island Representative
Fall wiresIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers’ instructionsend for end at intervals of not more than 30 months, renewed when necessary at intervals of not more than five years, whichever is the earlierService record to be maintained onboard for presentation to authorised Cayman Island Representative
Launching appliancesIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers’ instructionsthorough examination at intervals not exceeding 5 years and on completion of the examination be subjected to a dynamic test of the winch brake with a proof load of not less than 1.1 times the maximum working load at maximum lowering speedService record to be maintained onboard, dynamic tests to be witnessed by class or authorised Cayman Island Representative,
Lifeboat on load release gearIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers’ instructionssubjected to a thorough examination and test during the annual cargo ship or passenger ship safety survey; and a load test of 1.1 times the maximum load of the lifeboat whenever the release gear is overhauled, such overhauling and test shall be carried out at least once every five years.Service record to be maintained onboard, tests to be witnessed by class or authorised Cayman Island Representative,
Marine Evacuation SystemIn accordance with SMS procedures and manufacturers’ instructionsdeployed from the ship on a rotational basis so that each system is deployed at least once every six yearsService record to be maintained onboard, tests to be witnessed by class or authorised Cayman Island Representative,

 

 

1. Note: Several Cayman Island Flag vessels have recently been detained by Port State Control Inspection because inflatable liferafts were found to be beyond the service interval. If there is no suitable liferaft service station at the port of call when the liferaft service interval expires then either: the liferaft should be serviced before the expiry date, or Operators should apply to the CISR for an extension prior to the expiry date.

 

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