From The Seamanship Examiner: For STCW Certification Examinations


Question 1. How many immersion suits must be provided to each lifeboat?

Answer: Three per boat (assuming totally enclosed boats) if the boat is a designated rescue boat.


New legislation (2006) will require immersion suits for all the ship's complement.

Question 2. How many lifejackets must be carried aboard a passenger carrying vessels over 500 grt?

Answer: One for every person on board plus an additional 5% and enough child lifejackets equal to 10% of the total number of persons on board to ensure one lifejacket for every child on board.

Question 3. What pyrotechnics are carried in survival craft?

Answer: Six hand flares, four rocket parachute flares and two orange smoke floats.

Question 4. How many lifebuoys must be carried aboard your ship?

Answer: The number of lifebuoys carried will be dependent on the ship's length:

Length of ship in metres

Minimum number of lifebuoys

Less than 100


100 or more but less than 150


150 but less than 200


200 or more


Question 5. What additional equipment, over and above standard lifeboat equipment, would you expect to be carried by a designated 'rescue boat'?


  • A buoyant towing line of 50 m length.

  • Two rescue lines and quoits each of 30 m in length.

  • A waterproof first aid kit.

  • A search light.

  • An effective radar reflector.

  • Thermal Protective Aids (TPAs) sufficient for 10% of the number of persons that...

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