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Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Survey

The owner of every ship to which a certificate has been issued must cause a survey to be carried out within 3 months before or after the anniversary date of the certificate. The survey is termed and intermediate survey in respect of tankers of 10 yrs of age and over and an annual survey in respect of other ships.

Preparations Of Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Survey

All safety equipment should be kept in excellent condition and a “Planned Maintenance Schedule” which includes the safety equipment will ensure that a satisfactory survey can be carried out at any time. The official log book will also be examined to establish whether the 1986 Muster regulation have been adhered to.

The following preparation should be carried out shortly before the expected survey date :

Inspect all the lifeboat stores and equipment. Overhaul and renew as necessary.

Inspect the lifeboats, pay particular attention to buoyancy material and check that bottom boards and thwarts are not cracked. Repaint the ship’s name, port of registery, and the life boat numbers, and ensure that the lifeboat particulars on the bow have not been obliterated.

Throughly overhaul davits, winches, and blocks and grease all moving parts. Renew or ‘End for End’ the Falls. Inspect lifeboat embarkation arrangements and launching arrangements and lower the boats into the water.

When the boats are in the water run any lifeboat engine both ahead and astern.

Check that the inflatable liferaft have been serviced within the previous 12 months. Inspect the stowage, release, launching and embarkation arrangements of the liferafts and if necessary, renew the launching instructions. Inspect any rigid liferafts.

Inspect the survival craft portable radio equipment.

Overhaul the lifebuoys, especially the self-igniting light and self activating smoke signals, and ensure that the life buoys are correctly located throughout the ship.

Examine the lifejackets and check that they are correctly distributed throughout the vessel.

Ensure that all pyrotechnics, including the linethrowing appliance, rockets are not out of date. Inspect the linethrowing appliance.

Test the emergency lighting at one of the times that the general alarm system is tested.

Check that the Fire control plans are still posted and clearly eligible.

Test, where possible, the fire/ and smoke detection system.

Run each fire pump including the emergency fire pump, to check that each pump can supply via the fire main the required two jets of water simultaneously from separate hydrants.

Check that fire hoses, nozzles and applicators are in good condition and correctly located.

Test and overhaul the fixed fire fighting system. Note that the instruction are posted and that controls and pipes are correctly marked.

Overhaul portable and non portable extinguishers and check the securing arrangements. Ensure that the extinguishers are correctly located and that spare charges are available.

Where possible, confirm that all remote controls are operable.

Overhaul any applicable closing arrangements for ventilators, skylights, doorways, funnel spaces, and the tunnel.

Overhaul the fireman’s outfit and recharge, when possible the compressed air cylinders.

Inspect the pilot ladders, pilot host, if carried and all ancillary equipment.

Remember that the navigation equipment is also surveyed, e.g. Navigation lights, shapes, sound signaling equipments, Day light signaling lamp, Radar, Echo sounder, Gyro Compass, and Direction Finder. The compass deviation book, charts and the publications that are required by the merchant shipping. (carriage of nautical publications) rules 1975, S.I. 1975 NO. 700, are also inspected.

Tanker have an additional survey which covers :

The piping of the fixed fire fighting system of the cargo pump room.

The deck foam system and the deck sprinkler system.

The inert gas system.

The intermediate of a tanker of ten years and over should includes as a minimum all the relevant items mentioned above but it should also be ‘sufficiently’ extensive to ensure that the ships degree of compliance with the cargo ship safety equipment certificate warrants the ships continued possession of that certificate and that the ship can continue to be operated with safety.

On the day of the survey the relevant certificate and publication should be gathered together  in one location for case of examination. Life jackets should not be assembled in one place but should be distributed throughout the ship in normal stowage positions. Check the international shore connection, nozzles etc.

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