Preparing Vessel for a Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Survey

  • Inspect all the lifeboat stores and equipment. Check the expiry dates for food rations, first aid kit, anti-sickness tablets, etc.
  • Inspect the lifeboat/ rescue boat, pay particular attention to the buoyancy material and check that the bottom boards and thwarts are not cracked, repaint the ship’s name and port of registry if required.
  • When the boats are in water run any lifeboat engines both ahead and astern, for resetting of the on-load release mechanism to be strictly adhered to.
  • Check that the inflatable liferafts have been serviced within the last 12 months if HRU is a mechanical type the same has to be serviced annually if servicing not carried out annually due to valid reason then dispensation form from the flag state to be obtained.
  • Lubricate and grease all moving parts, davits, winches and blocks and lifeboat falls.
  • Inspect the survival crafts launching procedures are ship specific and are posted under emergency lighting.
  • Inspect the lifebuoys especially the self-igniting lights and check that they are correctly located as per plan.
  • Make sure all the life saving and fire fighting appliances are placed as per their respective plans.
  • Examine the lifejackets for any damage and their lifejacket lights for properly working and they are properly distributed.
  • Update all the records regarding LSA and FFA including PMS and Maintenance Records.
  • All stenciling, instruction pertaining to LSA/ FFA to be proper.
  • Check Pyrotechnics for expiry dates.
  • Test the emergency lighting system.
  • Check fire control plans are posted and still legible.
  • Test the fire and/or smoke detection system.
  • Check fire hoses, nozzles and their applicators are in good condition.
  • Check the fire line and fire hydrants, rectify the leakages if any, check isolation valves for the fire line.
  • Check Immersion Suits and Thermal Protective Aids (TPA)
  • Check the conditions of portable fire extinguishers and fixed fire fighting system.
  • Check spare charges of portable fire extinguishers.
  • Check all the items of Fireman’s Outfit and recharge the compressed Breathing Apparatus.
  • Check EEBD for its good condition.
  • Navigational Equipment are also surveyed under the Ship Safety Equipment Survey, make sure that all the equipment are working and are in good condition including Navigational Shapes.
  • Check the Training Manual, the same to be ship-specific.
  • Check the fire safety operational booklet, the same to be ship-specific.
  • Check for all the IMO Symbols, replace if required.
  • Try out the manual sprinkler system for the paint locker and in accommodation if it’s fitted there.
  • Check the International Shore Coupling.
  • Inspect the Pilot Ladder and rectify the defect if any.
  • Overhaul any applicable closing arrangement for ventilators, skylights, doors, etc.
  • Check Retro-reflective tape for various appliances and renew if required.
  • Logbook entries, checklists, and documentation to be up to date, drills to be carried as per Safety Management System.
  • Check all relevant certificates are available on-board and valid.
  • Carry out checks are per Form-E of SEQ Certificate and also as per the Records of Safety Equipment, any checklist for such surveys should be referred.