RESOLUTION MSC.81(70) (adopted on 11 December 1998) REVISED RECOMMENDATION ON TESTING OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES
THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE, RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee, RECALLING ALSO that the Assembly, when adopting resolution A.689(17) on Testing of lifesavingappliances, authorized the Committee to keep the Recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances under review and to adopt, when appropriate, amendments thereto, RECALLING FURTHER that, since the adoption of resolution A.689(17), the Committee has amended the Recommendation annexed thereto in five occasions, i.e. by resolution MSC.54(66), by circulars MSC/Circ.596, MSC/Circ.615 andMSC/Circ.809 and through the present resolution, NOTING that the 1995 SOLAS Conference, in adopting amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention concerning the safety of ro-ro passenger ships, also adopted resolution 7 on Development of requirements, guidelines and performance standards, whereby the Committee was requested to develop relevant requirements, guidelines and performance standards to assist in theimplementation of the amendments adopted by the Conference, NOTING ALSO that the requirements of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code came into force on 1 July 1998 under the provisions of new chapter III of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, RECOGNIZING the need to introduce more precise requirements in the testing of life-saving appliances, HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by theSub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment at its forty-first session, 1. ADOPTS the Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances, set out in the Annex to the present resolution; 2. RECOMMENDS Governments to ensure that life-saving appliances are subjected to: .1 .2 the tests recommended in the Annex to the present resolution; or such tests as the Administration is satisfied aresubstantially equivalent to those recommended in the Annex to the present resolution.
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ANNEX REVISED RECOMMENDATION ON TESTING OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART 1 - PROTOTYPE TESTS FOR LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 4 4.1 4.2 4.34.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 LIFEBUOYS Lifebuoys specification Temperature cycling test Drop test Test for oil resistance Fire test Flotation test Strength test Test for operation with a light and smoke signal Lifebuoy self-activating smoke signal tests LIFEJACKETS Temperature cycling test Buoyancy test Fire test Test for oil resistance Tests of materials for cover, tapes and seams Strength testsAdditional tests for lifejacket buoyancy material other than cork or kapok Donning test Water performance tests Children's lifejacket tests Tests for inflatable lifejackets IMMERSION SUITS, ANTI-EXPOSURE SUITS AND THERMAL PROTECTIVE AIDS Tests common to non-insulated and insulated immersion suits Thermal protective tests Thermal protective aids for survival craft PYROTECHNICS - ROCKET PARACHUTE FLARES,HAND FLARES AND BUOYANT SMOKE SIGNALS General Temperature tests Water and corrosion resistance test Handling safety test Safety inspection Rocket parachute flares test Hand flares test Buoyant smoke signals test
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LIFERAFTS - RIGID AND INFLATABLE Drop test Jump test Weight test Towing test Mooring out tests Liferaft painter system test Loading and seating test Boarding and closing arrangement test Stability test Manoeuvrability test Swamp test Canopy closure test Buoyancy of float-free liferafts Detailed inspection Weak link test...