VIQ7 / items 5.30 : Propeller guard. Each propeller on a lifeboat must be fitted with a propeller guard with a maximum opening of 76 mm (3 in) on all sides on which a person is likely to be exposed. (46 CFR 160.135.7(10))

Is operator requested to contact flag and or Class in order to fit lifeboat propeller with safe guard ?

asked 02 Dec '18, 09:27

Dec. 2, 2018, 9:27 a.m.
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I have to work on similar issue: our LB has guard but its openings are more than 3 in. The guard is not from original design, installed by crew. No extra cert available for it. Anual inspection cert does not include items about the guard. I requested office permission to modify the guard prior SIRE. Will update on this. My oppinion: the guard to be installed/modified and the next Class survey will cover this as no LB functionality restricted or altered.

(02 Dec '18, 20:54) cheng ♦

Just passed Lukoil SIRE successfully (2 observations only). We have life boat propeller guard as below:
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Openings are more than 76 mm. Inspector did not complain about this, no observation either.

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answered 29 Dec '18, 02:17

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