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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter LPart 133Subpart B → §133.175

Title 46: Shipping
Subpart B—Requirements for All OSVs

§133.175   Survival craft and rescue boat equipment.

(a) All rescue boat equipment must be as follows:

(1) The equipment must be secured within the boat by lashings, storage in lockers or compartments, storage in brackets or similar mounting arrangements, or other suitable means.

(2) The equipment must be secured in such a manner as not to interfere with any abandonment procedures or reduce seating capacity.

(3) The equipment must be as small and of as little mass as possible.

(4) The equipment must be packed in a suitable and compact form.

(5) The equipment should be stowed so the items do not—

(i) Reduce the seating capacity;

(ii) Adversely affect the seaworthiness of the survival craft or rescue boat; or

(iii) Overload the launching appliance.

(b) Each rigid liferaft and rescue boat, unless otherwise stated in this paragraph, must carry the equipment specified for it in table 133.175 of this section. Each item in the table has the same description as in §199.175 of this chapter.

Note: Item numbers in the first column of Table 133.175 are not consecutive because not all of the items listed in section 199.175 are required on OSVs.

Table 133.175—Survival Craft Equipment

Item No. Item Oceans Coastwise
Rigid liferaft (SOLAS A Pack) Rescue boat Rigid liferaft (SOLAS B Pack) Rescue boat
3Boathook   1   1
4Bucket2   1   1
5Can opener3
6Compass   1   1
8Drinking cup1
9Fire extinguisher   1   1
10First-aid kit1111
11Fishing kit1
14Heaving line1212
15Instruction card1   1
17Knife1 31111
18Ladder   1   1
19Mirror, signalling1   1
20Oars, units4   1   1
   Paddles2   2
22Provisions (units per person)1
23Pump5   1   1
24Radar reflector1111
26Repair kit5   1   1
27Sea anchor2121
28Searchlight   1   1
29Seasickness kit (units per person)1   1
30Signal, smoke2   1
31Signal, hand flare6   6
32Signal, parachute flare4   4
35Survival instructions1   1
36Table of lifesaving signals1   1
37Thermal protective aids (percent of persons)610%10%10%10%
39Towline   1   1
40Water (liters per person)1.5   1


1Each liferaft equipped for 13 persons or more must carry two of these items.

2Not required for inflated or rigid-inflated rescue boats.

3A hatchet counts towards this requirement in rigid rescue boats.

4Oars are not required on a free-fall lifeboat; a unit of oars means the number of oars specified by the boat manufacturer.

5Not required for a rigid rescue boat.

6Sufficient thermal protective aids are required for at least 10% of the persons the survival craft is equipped to carry, but not less than two.

[CGD 84-069, 61 FR 25304, May 20, 1996, as amended by USCG-1999-6216, 64 FR 53227, Oct. 1, 1999]

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