1 (1) Means of embarkation into survival craft shall be designed so that
(a) all lifeboats may be boarded and launched from the stowed position or an embarkation deck;
(b) davit-launched life rafts may be boarded and launched from
(c) davit-launched survival craft may be brought against the side of the ship at the embarkation station and held alongside so that persons may safely embark.
(2) Means of embarkation into rescue boats shall be designed so that
(a) where the rescue boat is certified as a lifeboat and the other lifeboats carried by the ship are boarded by the complement and launched from an embarkation deck, the rescue boat may be boarded by its crew and launched, with the crew on board,
(b) in any other case, the rescue boat may be boarded by its crew and launched, with the crew on board, directly from the stowed position.
2 (1) On an existing ship, the means of embarkation into survival craft that have been launched shall
(2) At each embarkation station for life rafts for which launching devices are not provided, the means of embarkation referred to in subsection (1) shall be sufficient in number having regard to the number of persons expected to be embarked at the station, and may be supplemented by knotted manila lifelines.
3 (1) On a new ship that is a passenger ship, the means of embarkation into survival craft that have been launched shall be
(2) Means of embarkation shall be provided as follows:
(3) Every step of an embarkation ladder shall be
(a) made of hardwood that is smoothly machined and free from knots or other irregularities, sharp edges or splinters, or made of another material with equivalent resistance, strength and durability;
(b) provided with a non-slip surface;
(c) at least 25 mm deep, not including the non-slip surface, and at least 480 mm long and 115 mm wide;
(d) equally spaced from the other steps at a distance of not less than 300 mm and not more than 380 mm; and
(e) secured so that it remains horizontal.
(4) Subject to subsection (5), the side ropes of an embarkation ladder shall consist of two uncovered manila ropes on each side that are
(5) A material other than manila rope may be used for the side ropes of an embarkation ladder if the dimensions, the breaking strength, and the weathering, stretching and gripping properties of the material are at least equivalent to those of manila rope.
(6) Side ropes that are made of manila rope or other natural fibre shall be replaced annually.
4 Means of embarkation shall be
- SOR/80-685, s. 64
- SOR/81-430, s. 3
- SOR/96-218, s. 42
- SOR/2001-179, ss. 60, 76(F)
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