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What is the procedure of launching the life raft?

09 Nov '18, 05:16

Nov. 9, 2018, 5:16 a.m.
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Manual launching

  1. Make fast the painter of the life raft to a strong point on the ship so as the life raft doesn’t drift away from the ship. 

  2. Pull some painter out in advance so as while hauling the painter it doesn’t get struck somewhere.
  3. Remove the centre lashing of the life raft by removing it from senhouse slip. 

  4. Check that ship side is clear and there is no obstruction. 

  5. Two people lift the life raft and throw it into the water horizontally. 

  6. Make sure the painter is still fixed at a strong point so that the raft should not be waved away by waters. 

  7. Pull the painter till we feel till the painter finishes and at the end pull the painter with a hard jerk to fire the gas bottle to inflate the raft. 

  8. Life raft will take about 20 -30 seconds to inflate. 

  9. Send one person into the life raft to have a thorough check on the inflated raft. If all fine then start boarding.
  10. Board the life raft using embarkation ladder
  11. Avoid sharp objects like knives, shoes and other sharp objects etc. which may damage the raft surface.
  12. When everybody is aboard, after a headcount, cut the painter with a sharp knife.

Launching by Davit

  1. Open the lashing and remove the raft container from HRU by opening the manual slip hook or bottle screw arrangement. 

  2. Tie up the one end of the painter of raft into a strong point at deck. 

  3. Keep the container in the open and attach the davit hook to the given eye in the canister/ container. 

  4. Take up the raft load by davit and keep the container hanging at embarkation deck area. 

  5. Lower the life raft on the water level by carrying out the entire operation without any jerks 

  6. Pull the painter and inflate the raft. 

  7. Send one person into the life raft to have a thorough check on the inflated raft. If all fine then start boarding 

  8. Start boarding the raft without the shoes and other sharp objects. 

  9. After the boarding is completed, check the bottom is clear and release the securing lines, if any.

Automatic Release

Will be done by the Hydrostatic Release Unit when ship gets under the water

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09 Nov '18, 05:28

Nov. 9, 2018, 5:28 a.m.
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