1 - Lifebuoys

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1.1 Tests for lifebuoys

1.1.1 SOLAS Lifebuoys – Testing requirements

Information note

Standards for lifebuoy and for small vessel lifebuoy testing are in section 1 of Part 1 of Resolution MSC.81(70) with the following modifications:

1.1.2 Small vessel lifebuoy – Testing requirements – Canadian modifications

1.1.2.1 Subsection 1.1 of part 1 of Resolution MSC.81(70) is replaced with the following:

It is verified by measuring, weighing and inspection that the lifebuoy:

  1. is in accordance with the dimensions specified in 2.1.3.1a. of Part 1;
  2. has a mass in accordance with the value specified in 2.1.3.1e. of Part 1; and
  3. is provided with grablines in accordance with specifications given in 2.1.3.1g. of Part1.

1.1.2.2 Drop test

In paragraph 1.3 of section 1 of part 1 of Resolution MSC.81(70) only the drop test on concrete from a height of 2 metres is required.

1.1.2.3 Flotation test for small vessel lifebuoy

  1. Subsection 1.6 of part 1 of Resolution MSC.81(70) is replaced with the following: Every small vessel lifebuoy upon completion of tests prescribed in paragraphs 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 of section 1 of part 1 of Resolution MSC.81(70) is to be floated in fresh water with a weight of not less than 7.5 kg of iron freely suspended from it for a period of 24 hours. At the end of the 24-hour period, each lifebuoy is to remain floating at essentially the same level as that at the commencement of the test.

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