Merchant Shipping (SOLAS Chapter III)(Life-saving appliances and arrangements) Regulations 2017

Closed 24 Feb 2017

Opened 13 Jan 2017

Feedback updated 18 Jan 2018

We asked

For feedback on new Regulations to give effect to the latest international requirements for life- saving appliances and arrangements in SOLAS Chapter III.

You said

There were 5 responses to the consultation which mainly related to the new SOLAS requirements for the testing of lifeboat and rescue boat hooks.

We did

We clarified the requirements for the testing of lifeboat and rescue boat hooks and the new Regulations were laid before Tynwald in June 2017.


Consultation on proposals to make new Regulations to give effect to the latest version of Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS). 

SOLAS Chapter III contains the requirements for life-saving appliances and arrangements. This includes requirements for lifeboats, rescue boats and lifejackets according to the type of ship the equipment is fitted on. Specific technical requirements for life-saving appliances are contained in the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code which is mandatory in accordance with SOLAS Chapter III. 


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