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Survival Craft

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This guide provides practical information to assist seafarers with the safe operation and maintenance of survival craft. Although the main focus of the guidance is directed at personnel onboard, it will also be of interest to shore managers and company superintendants having general responsibilities for shipboard safety.

Glossary Introduction


Section 1 - Equipment


Section 2 - Maintenance and Inspection

2.1 Maintenance instruction and manuals

2.2 Maintenance and inspection intervals


Section 3 - Familiarisation and training


Section 4 - Davit Launched Lifeboats

4.1 Maintenance and Inspection

4.2 Familiarisation and training

4.3 Launching

4.4 Recovery

4.5 Post Recovery


Section 5 - Free-Fall Lifeboats

5.1 Maintenance and Inspection

5.2 Familiarisation and training

5.3 Launching

5.4 Recovery

5.5 Post Recovery


Section 6 - Dedicated Recue Boats

6.1 Maintenance and Inspection

6.2 Familiarisation and training

6.3 Launching

6.4 Recovery

6.5 Post Recovery


Section 7 - Davit Launched Liferafts

7.1 Maintenance and Inspection

7.2 Familiarisation and training

7.3 Launching

7.4 Recovery


ANNEX 1 - Example Procedure for the Launching and Recovery of Davit Launched Lifeboats

ANNEX 2 - Extract from an Example Risk Assessment

This guide has been published by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum with the aim of providing practical information to assist seafarers with the safe operation and maintenance of survival craft. Although the main focus of the guidance is directed at personnel onboard, it will also be of interest to shore managers and company superintendents having general responsibilities for shipboard safety.

OCIMF was formed in April 1970 in response to the growing public concern about marine pollution, particularly by oil, after the Torrey Canyon incident in 1967. In the early 1970s, a variety of anti-pollution initiatives were starting to emerge nationally, regionally and internationally, but with little coordination. Through OCIMF, the oil industry was able to play a stronger, coordinating role in response to these initiatives, making its professional expertise widely available through cooperation with governments and intergovernmental bodies.

OCIMF was granted consultative status at the IMO in 1971 and continues to present oil industry views at IMO meetings. Since then, its role has broadened to take account the changing maritime activities of its membership. Its remit now covers tankers, barges, offshore support vessels and terminals and its advice extends to issues like shipping in ice and large-scale piracy, which rarely troubled the oil industry when OCIMF was first created in the 1970s.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises 112 companies worldwide.

Today, OCIMF is widely recognised as the voice of the oil industry providing expertise in the safe and environmentally responsible transport and handling of hydrocarbons in ships and terminals and setting standards for continuous improvement. Membership is extensive and includes every oil major in the world along with the majority of National Oil Companies.

OCIMF has much to be proud of. Not only has it contributed to a substantial quantity of regulation at the IMO aimed at improving the safety of tankers and protecting the environment, but it has introduced important new guidance on pressing current issues such as piracy and Arctic shipping. With the process of introducing new Internationally-accepted regulation necessarily slow as it crosses many individual countries and jurisdictions, OCIMF is in the unique position of being able to leverage the expertise of its membership to press ahead with much needed guidance on important industry issues. This provides the means to improve practices in the membership and in the wider industry, and serves as a valuable reference for developing regulation.

Title: Survival Craft
Subtitle: A Seafarers Guide
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 54
Product Code: 4391
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-905331-35-2 (9781905331352), ISBN 10: 1-905331-35-5 (1905331355)
Published Date: December 2008
Binding Format: Paperback Spiro
Book Height: 180 mm
Book Width: 120 mm
Weight: 0.10 kg

Customer Reviews

so much in such a small book Review by Mark
I am writing a lifeboat handling course (STCW PSCRB) for the maritime college I run. This is a great text book to give to students and also a really good concise guide to give to my staff as well. It draws upon causes of incidents and accidents and makes straightforward suggestions for accident prevention.
Good example procedures and risk assessment at the back. Highly recommended for novices and also for experienced staff needing a prompt. (Posted on 19/06/2014)

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