FIRST INSPECTION OF NEW CONSTRUCTION
29. (1) Every fishing vessel shall be inspected during construction at such times as the inspector deems advisable.
(2) The owner of a fishing vessel shall notify the inspector at least one week in advance of
(a) the commencement of framing;
(b) the commencement of planking or plating;
(c) the launching; and
(d) the dock and sea trials.
(3) Dock trials and sea trials of a fishing vessel shall be held in the presence of an inspector, at which time the bilge and fire pumps shall be tested, the speed in knots estimated, the steering and stopping powers of the vessel tested and the launching arrangements for the lifeboats, boats, dories or skiffs tried out, and such further tests shall be made as the inspector considers necessary to satisfy himself that the vessel is safe and suitable for the voyages intended.
PERIODIC INSPECTION OF LIFE SAVING, FIRE EXTINGUISHING, AND NAVIGATING EQUIPMENT
30. (1) Life saving, fire extinguishing and navigating equipment shall be inspected at the following intervals:
(a) annually, in the case of fishing vessels of more than 150 tons, gross tonnage;
(b) annually, in the case of fishing vessels propelled by steam; and
(c) quadrennially, in the case of fishing vessels not propelled by steam and not more than 150 tons, gross tonnage.
(2) The inspection of life saving, fire extinguishing and navigating equipment shall be carried out as follows:
(a) all lifeboats, boats, dories and skiffs shall be swung out and lowered into the water, except that in exceptional circumstances this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the inspector who shall, however, satisfy himself regarding the length and condition of all falls and lifelines;
(b) lifeboats, boats, dories and skiffs shall be inspected with the movable equipment removed;
(c) the equipment for lifeboats, boats, dories and skiffs shall be inspected, checked and properly re-stowed;
(d) all lifeboat markings shall be checked;
(e) all air cases, or approved portable substitutes therefor, shall be removed from lifeboats for complete inspection and testing at intervals not exceeding four years, and where the approved substitute for air cases forms an integral part of the lifeboat, the inspector shall take drillings as he considers necessary to determine the condition of the substitute material;
(f) lifejackets and lifebuoys with their lights and lines shall be inspected and the means provided for stowage shall be to the satisfaction of the inspector;
(g) all fire extinguishers shall be examined and charges shall be renewed where there is evidence of deterioration;
(h) soda acid and foam fire extinguishers shall be recharged annually;
(i) fire hoses and buckets shall be inspected and tested if the inspector considers it necessary;
(j) navigation instruments, distress signals and all equipment essential to the safe navigation of the ship shall be inspected; and
(k) all equipment shall be re-stowed after inspection to the satisfaction of the inspector.
(3) The master of a fishing vessel shall take adequate steps to ensure that the crew understands the use of the life saving and fire extinguishing equipment and knows where it is located.
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