What are the checks and maintenances in the lifeboat as per SOLAS?

Following checks and maintenances must be carried in the lifeboat:
  • The engine should be trial out weekly.
  • Check the quantity of fuel.
  • Propulsion has to be checked both fwd and astern side.
  • Mechanical linkage and electrical equipment of launching gear are checked including lubrication.
  • Cleaning of limit switch of davit.
  • According to SOLAS weekly the life boat will be lower upto embarkation ladder and all davit mechanism is inspected and checked.
  • Winch type hand operated brake will go static and dynamic test.
  • Life boat should be launched once in 3 month and go for round in order to ensure proper functioning of life boat.