Life-Saving Appliances including LSA Code, 2017 Edition (KE982E) (eBook)

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March 2017

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This publication contains the three most important IMO instruments dealing with life-saving appliances, namely the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, the Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances and the Code of Practice for Evaluation, Testing and Acceptance of Prototype Novel Life-Saving Appliances.

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It provides international requirements for the life-saving appliances, including personal life-saving appliances like lifebuoys, lifejackets, immersion suits, anti-exposure suits and thermal protective aids; visual aids, such as parachute flares, hand flares and buoyant smoke signals; survival craft, such as life rafts and lifeboats; rescue boats; launching and embarkation appliances and marine evacuation systems line throwing appliances; and general alarm and public address systems.



International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code

Resolution MSC.48(66)


Chapter I General

1.1 Definitions

1.2 General requirements for life-saving appliances


Chapter II Personal life-saving appliances

2.1 Lifebuoys

2.2 Lifejackets

2.3 Immersion suits

2.4 Anti-exposure suits

2.5 Thermal protective aids


Chapter III Visual signals

3.1 Rocket parachute flares

3.2 Hand flares

3.3 Buoyant smoke signals


Chapter IV Survival craft

4.1 General requirements for liferafts

4.2 Inflatable liferafts

4.3 Rigid liferafts

4.4 General requirements for lifeboats

4.5 Partially enclosed lifeboats

4.6 Totally enclosed lifeboats

4.7 Free-fall lifeboats

4.8 Lifeboats with a self-contained air support system

4.9 Fire-protected lifeboats

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Chapter V Rescue boats

5.1 Rescue boats

Chapter VI Launching and embarkation appliances

6.1 Launching and embarkation appliances

6.2 Marine evacuation systems.

Chapter VII Other life-saving appliances.

7.1 Line-throwing appliances

7.2 General alarm and public address system


Testing and Evaluation of Life-Saving Appliances

I Revised recommendation on testing of

life-saving appliances, as amended

Resolution MSC.81(70)


Part 1 Prototype tests for life-saving appliances

1 Lifebuoys

1.1 Lifebuoys specification

1.2 Temperature cycling test

1.3 Drop test

1.4 Test for oil resistance

1.5 Fire test

1.6 Flotation test.

1.7 Strength test

1.8 Test for operation with a light and smoke signal

1.9 Lifebuoy self-activating smoke signal tests

2 Lifejackets

2.1 Temperature cycling test.

2.2 Buoyancy test.

2.3 Fire test

2.4 Tests of components other than buoyancy materials

2.5 Strength tests

2.6 Tests for lifejacket buoyancy material

2.7 Donning test.

2.8 Water performance tests

2.9 Infant and children’s lifejacket tests

2.10 Tests for inflatable lifejackets



3 Immersion suits, anti-exposure suits and

thermal protective aids

3.1 Tests common to non-insulated and insulated immersion

suits and anti-exposure suits

3.2 Thermal protective tests

3.3 Thermal protective aids for survival craft

4 Pyrotechnics – rocket parachute flares, hand flares and

buoyant smoke signals

4.1 General

4.2 Temperature tests

4.3 Water and corrosion resistance test

4.4 Handling safety test

4.5 Safety inspection

4.6 Rocket parachute flares test

4.7 Hand flares test

4.8 Buoyant smoke signals test

5 Liferafts – rigid and inflatable

5.1 Drop test

5.2 Jump test

5.3 Weight test

5.4 Towing test

5.5 Mooring out tests

5.6 Liferaft painter system test

5.7 Loading and seating test

5.8 Boarding and closing arrangement test

5.9 Stability test.

5.10 Manoeuvrability test

5.11 Swamp test

5.12 Canopy closure test

5.13 Buoyancy of float-free liferafts

5.14 Detailed inspection

5.15 Weak link test.

5.16 Davit-launched liferafts – strength test of lifting


5.17 Additional tests applicable to inflatable liferafts only

5.18 Additional tests applicable to automatically self-righting

liferafts only

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5.19 Submergence test for automatically self-righting and

canopied reversible liferafts

5.20 Wind velocity tests

5.21 Test for self-draining of floors of canopied reversible

liferafts and automatically self-righting liferafts

5.22 Liferaft light tests

6 Lifeboats

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Life-Saving Appliances including LSA Code, 2017 Edition (KE982E) (eBook)
Product Code: MM1428EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280116540, ISBN 10: 9280116541
Published Date: March 2017
Author: IMO

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